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Photography BTEC HND

Photography TBCG


Photography HND (Full time)

This one year HND programme is the follow on from the HNC in photography and will enable you to develop visual communication skills and how to apply them within your own practice. You will use industry-standard cameras, lenses and lighting, equipment and editing software. You will also be encouraged to engage in the contemporary debate about political, social and economic factors which influence contemporary photography.

You will have the opportunity to take part in national competitions and the course is affiliated with the British Institute of Professional Photographers. Guest lectures are a regular feature of this course and bring valuable industry experience to our students. You will also have the opportunity to visit galleries in major European cities such as Berlin and Amsterdam.

Course information

Entry requirements

To begin this course you will need a:

  • Photography BTEC HNC, OR
  • Foundation Diploma Art and Design or UAL Level 3 Photography

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.

Course content

During the 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.

Mandatory core units:

  • Visual Communication
  • Ideas Generation and Development
  • Contextual and Cultural Referencing
  • Professional Practice
  • Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation.

A minimum of 60 credits from specialists 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 Photography 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.
Assessment methods

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 5 Higher National Diploma in Art and Design (Photography)

Further study and career options

On successful completion of the HND, you will have the option to top up the qualification to a full Bachelor’s degree at university or enter employment.

Additional information

Additional costs

  • Resource fee of £150 to cover printing costs, photography trips/visits, your end of year final major project and entry fee for competitions

Please note: You will be required to attend college 2 days per week (Days to be confirmed).

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Available Courses
Bedford College
Starts: 18/09/2024
Type: HE
Length: 30 weeks
Day(s): Wednesday, TH
Time(s): 9:15am - 4:30pm
Fees: £6,000.00 Fee notes: The fee indicated is for each year of the course.
Tresham College Kettering Campus
Starts: 24/09/2024
Type: HE
Length: 30 weeks
Day(s): Tuesday, Thursday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
Fees: £6,000.00 Fee notes: The fee indicated is for each year of the course.

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Bedford College Photography HNC
Art & Design


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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