When & Where

  • Orange calendar icon 28 September 2023 - 12 June 2025 ( 240 hours, 30 weeks )
  • Orange map marker icon Chelsea Centre

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Course Code C23PGYF21A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

The HND photography part-time course’s emphasis will be on professional development and the creation of a strong portfolio. The interaction of technical, theoretical and creative aspects of photography is central in the delivery of the HND programme, with the focus of keeping up to date with the rapidly evolving photography industry. This course will offer students a place to develop and find direction for their work, through in-depth and hands-on exploration of current techniques and trends in photographic practice. The learning takes place in small groups, in our state of the art studio and darkroom, and is further enriched with visiting lecturers and visits to museums and galleries. Students benefit from 1 to 1 support and a variety of teaching styles by inspirational lecturers with professional experience as photography practitioners. During the course, which will be delivered over 2 years, you will complete six units (three in each year). The broad variety of Units will enable you to develop the ability to plan, create and manage ambitious photography projects. You will expand your skills in studio lighting, digital post production, analogue photography and b&w darkroom printing and will explore branding and identity. The theoretical aspects of the course will provide an historical and cultural framework that will broaden your understanding of photography in a wider context. You will deepen your analytical thinking and will have plenty of opportunities to create innovative photos and communicate thought-provoking concepts and establish yourself in your chosen area of photography. Throughout your studies you will develop strong collaborative working, problem solving and communication skills that you will need to succeed. This is a current AOP (Association of Photographers) accredited course, that offers all students a free AOP student membership for the duration of their studies. Contact: niki.sianni@morleycollege.ac.uk

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Analyse the characteristics of photographic images in different contexts and effectively use camera techniques to communicate thought-provoking concepts through image making
  • Create innovative images using a range of up to date post-production techniques
  • Apply darkroom techniques effectively to produce high quality B and W prints that explore the relationship between technique and bespoke output
  • Use advance studio lighting techniques to produce impactful photographs
  • Present a strong photographic portfolio in an online platform

On successful completion of the course, you will achieve the following qualification: BTEC Higher National Diploma in Art and Design [EDEXCEL]

Class format and activities

Active learning through workshop-based teaching in our state of the art studio and darkroom Access to 24 -7 learning, supported by dynamic online live and recorded resources Enriched learning with a range of study visits to museums and galleries Regularly reviewed progress towards achieving the learning outcomes One -to-one support and constructive feedback to develop the skills and confidence to succeed independently End of year exhibition

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have previously completed a level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC) programme, as the Higher National Diploma (HND) is a continuation of the HNC course. GCSEs, grade 4/C or above, in Maths and English (or an equivalent level of qualification) is desirable. You will also need to have a digital portfolio of your own photographic work that you will present/discuss in your interview.

Before you enrol

This course requires study/completion of activities outside of class time.

What you need

Professionalism, a ‘can do’ attitude and willingness to collaborate with others. You will need to own a DSLR, or mirrorless camera and have access to a computer.

What you can do next

Once you complete this course you could progress to the BA Top Up, or could apply for a Masters degree in University. Alternatively, you can start your own photography business, or seek employment as a photographer.