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Photography 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 which 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.  

Photopia – Photography Exhibiton

The photos in the slideshow below show work produced by our HNC and HND photography students at their exhibition at Bromham Mill between 9 and 12 June 2017.

On show was a range of photographic work from our very talented higher national certificate and higher nation diploma students. The students work demonstrates their skills in editorial photography, advertising, landscape and portraiture. 

Invited guest to the private view were treated to a presentation of stunning photographs by professional photographer Paul Ives who specialises in underwater photography. 

Full-time

Roger

I did my Fine Art Diploma at Bedford College and then progressed on to this Photography course.  I didn’t even consider university because the College had such good Ofsted results and I knew the tutors in the Art department were excellent.  I also wanted to save money, and the course at College was cheaper than university, plus I could live locally so didn’t have additional living costs to pay.

I think the course has done a lot for me because I came from a fine art background and needed to develop my photography skills, such as shooting in the studio and being out on location.  I’ve been able to work on professional projects while on the course, which has given me invaluable experience. Last week we photographed a ceremony in Bedford and we’ve also previously done some photography work for a local jeweller.

My next step is to set up my own professional photography business with two other students from the course. We’re building up our professional portfolio at the moment and hoping to have some events booked towards the end of this year. 

Roger - Photography HND

Entry requirements

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
  • or an equivalent Level 3 qualification

Mature students will also 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 this course you will study both core and specialist units. You may negotiate an aspect of your specialist unit study with your tutors, through 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.

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.

Qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Art and Design (Photography)

Further study and career options

On successful completion of the HNC you can progress on to further study with our HND or choose to 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

To enrol on this course you must apply through the University & Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) using the institution code BEDF B23 and the course code 04PW. Visit www.ucas.com or call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Course Information & How to Apply

You will need to complete a UCAS online application form to apply for this course, available at www.ucas.com. The codes needed are located in the 'Additional information' section above. Please call the College on 01234 291000 if you have any queries about your application.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 year 20/09/2018 £5500 Cauldwell Street L1410

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