OverviewPhotography BTEC HNC (Full-time)
This one year programme is designed to be a diagnostic introduction to photography. The HNC will enable you to make images that you are interested in and you will develop an understanding of how to apply your practice within a commercial context, for example, fashion, advertising, product and editorial. Practical assignments will enable you to acquire fundamental conceptual and technical skills in contemporary image-making. You will be issued with project briefs that will develop your understanding of photography as a craft in the studio environment and on location. The technical practice is underpinned by your understanding of photography as a tool to communicate meaning and message to a variety of audiences. The course is affiliated with the British Institute of Photographers and our students regularly take part in national competitions. Guest lecturers and speakers contribute to the course and in addition, you will have the opportunity to visit galleries in major European cities like Berlin and Amsterdam.
You will need:
- 32-48 UCAS points with some art, design and media element OR
- Art & Design BTEC Level 3 Diploma OR
- Art & Design Foundation Diploma (Pre-Degree) OR
- Equivalent Level 3 qualification
- T Level pass in an appropriate subject area
Entry is subject to a successful interview, where you will be asked to bring along a portfolio of your existing work. Applicants from A-Level courses displaying high levels of creativity will also be considered. We welcome applications from mature students who will be considered individually on experience rather than qualifications.
During this course, you will study both core and specialist units. You may negotiate an aspect of your specialist unit study with your tutors, by suggesting which units may benefit future career intentions.
All mandatory core units:
- Visual Communication
- Ideas Generation and Development
- Contextual and Cultural Referencing
- Professional Practice.
A minimum of 30 credits from specialist units Group A (the majority of these units are 15 credits each):
- Communication with Images
- Art, Design and Media Practice within the Digital Environment
- 2D, 3D and Time-based Digital Applications
- Digital Media in Art and Design
- Lens-based Recording Techniques
- Studio Practice in Photography
- Darkroom Practice in Photography
- Visual Language in Photography
- Advertising Photography
- Reprographic Processes in Photography
- Photographic Techniques
- Digital Image Creation and Development
- Location Photography
- Fashion Photography
- Press Photography and Photojournalism
- Specialist Practice in Photography
- Photographic Materials, Techniques and Technology
- Management of Art Exhibitions
- Time-based Artwork.
Specialist Units Group B (no minimum credit):
- Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
- Critical Study in Art and Design
- Professional Studies in Art and Design
- Ideas in Context
- Research Project
- Personal and Professional Development
- Managing a Creative Business
- Business Practice in Art and Design
- Work-based Experience
- Employability Skills
- References and Sources in Art and Design
- Commissioned Fine Art Work
- Drawing Techniques and Processes in Art and Design.
You will work with a range of specialist lecturers, including practising artists, in well-equipped studios and workshops. Project briefs are set for each assignment, and you are encouraged to develop a personal response to each task. All activities are supported through one-to-one tutorials and group discussions to inform you of personal progress and to aid assessment. Assessment is continuous throughout the course, with assignments graded at the end of each project.
Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Art and Design (Photography)
On successful completion of the HNC, you can progress on to further study with our HND or choose to enter employment.
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I studied an Art & Design course at Level 2 five years ago at a different college. I love art, but was keen to learn more about photography, which this particular course unfortunately didn’t cover in any great depth. I have a 12-year-old daughter and have been waiting for the right time to study again. I bought my own camera three years ago and enrolled on to the part-time HNC Photography course last autumn.
I chose The Bedford College Group because it is definitely the best around for Photography. The course is one day per week, but I always come back in for a second day so that I can benefit from tutor support.
It was scary getting back into education at first, but it’s definitely worth it and I have so much more confidence.
I’ve learnt different techniques on the camera I didn’t know about before, and also how to use Photoshop. We’ve been on trips to the Tate Modern and to a photography show. We also went to London last week to do some street photography, which I love.
My current project is based on narrative photography, where a photo tells a story but there is no wrong or right. I have produced three photos on the theme ‘what happens after happily ever after?’ One is happy, one is independent and strong and one is sad.
At home I like to photograph friends with their babies and do pregnancy shoots too. The area I want to get into when I finish the HNC is wedding photography. I’ve already done one wedding for a friend and have another coming up, which I’m really looking forward to.
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