OverviewPhotography HNC (Part time)
This two 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.
To begin this course you will need:
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Photography) with Functional Skills, OR
- BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Photography), OR
- A-Level in an Art & Design subject, OR
- An equivalent Level 3 qualification
- T Level pass in an appropriate subject area
Mature students will be considered individually on relevant professional experience rather than qualifications. Entry will also be subject to a successful interview, where you will be asked to present a portfolio of your creative work, including developmental worksheets or sketchbooks.
You will study core units and specialist units. Students may negotiate an aspect of their specialist unit study with their tutors though, suggesting which units benefit their career intentions.
All mandatory core units:
- Visual Communication in Art and Design
- Ideas Generation and Development in Art and Design
- Contextual and Cultural Referencing in Art and Design
- Professional Practice in Art and Design
- Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation.
A minimum of 60 credits from Specialist units Group A (the majority of units are 15 credits each):
- Communication with Images in Art and Design
- 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 in Art and Design
- 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 Photo Journalism
- 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.
- Resource fee of £150 to cover printing costs, photography trips/visits, your end of year final major project and entry fee for competitions
You will need to study six hours per week, currently, Thursday – Friday from 9.15 am-4.30 pm. The days and times will depend upon the units you choose to study.
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