When & Where

  • Orange calendar icon 26 September 2024 - 11 June 2026 ( 240 hours, 30 weeks )
  • Orange map marker icon Chelsea Centre

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Course Code C24PGYF21A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Studying for the HND Photography, you will build on advanced camera and studio lighting skills, postproduction, darkroom printing and alternative processes, while gaining valuable experience in planning and managing ambitious photographic projects. During the course you will be supported to develop creative ideas through reflection and in-depth practical exploration of current photographic practices. Throughout the duration of the course, you will review contemporary advanced techniques in a variety of photographic genres, such as product, fashion, portrait, documentary, fine art and commercial photography. You will have plenty of opportunities to create innovative photographs and communicate thought-provoking concepts, while establishing yourself in your chosen area of photography. This is a Level 5 course equivalent to second year university and is for those students that have completed a HNC in Photography, or relevant subject. It is delivered on a part-time basis over two years. The interaction of technical, theoretical and creative aspects of photography is central in the delivery of the HND programme with the intention of keeping up to date with the rapidly evolving photography industry. Throughout your studies you will develop a range of practical skills highly valued by employers, as well as strong collaborative working, problem solving and communication skills that you will need to succeed as a professional. The learning takes place in small groups; it is further enriched with guest lecturers and gallery visits. Students benefit from 1 to 1 support and a variety of teaching styles by lecturers with professional experience as photographers. This is a current Association of Photographers (AOP) accredited course, offering students a free AOP student membership.The course is delivered on Thursdays 9.30am-16.30pm in person, with regular one -to-one online tutorials.For more information contact Niki Sianni - niki.sianni@morleycollege.ac.uk

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Use advance studio lighting techniques to produce impactful photographs
  • Create innovative images using a range of up to date post-production techniques
  • Apply darkroom techniques effectively to produce high quality B&W prints that explore the relationship between technique and bespoke output
  • Analyse the characteristics of photographic images in different contexts and effectively use camera techniques to communicate thought-provoking concepts through image making
  • 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 photography studio and darkroomEnriched learning with a range of study visits to museums and galleriesRegularly reviewed progress towards achieving the learning outcomes One -to-one support and constructive feedback to develop the skills and confidence to succeed independentlyEnd of year exhibitionYour work will be assessed at the end of each project.

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. For non-native English speakers, an IELTS 5.5 is required. 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 continue your studies and attend a BA Top Up, or a Masters course in University. Alternatively, you can start your own photography business, or seek employment as a photographer.