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Photography HND

Sandwell College

UCAS Course code 046W


The Higher National Diploma (HND) is a full-time BTEC Level 5 course over two-years. It is aimed at people who want to pursue a career in professional photography including the specialised areas of fashion, advertising, documentary, fine art photography, and others. This course is ideal for students who want an intensive course of study.

This course comprises sixteen units of study to develop a personal style of image making that suits your chosen career path. You will study both the theory and aesthetics of image making, in combination with design and technique. The first year is about building and experiencing a range of fundamental skills, with the second year providing an opportunity to develop a unique portfolio of intelligent images, based around more specialised projects. Units include:

• Visual Communication

• Ideas Generation

• Digital Media

• Contextual and Cultural Referencing

• Professional Practice

• Project Design

• Implementation and Evaluation

• Digital Media

• Lens-Based Recording Techniques

• Studio Practice

• Advertising Photography

• Photographic Techniques

• Digital Image Creation and Development

• Location Photography

• Fashion Photography

• Press Photography and Photo-Journalism

• Photographic Materials

• Techniques and Technology

• Specialist Practice in Photography

Successful HND graduates can progress to university degree programmes, where entry at year 2 may be possible (subject to grades). Alternatively, many HND graduates move directly to working in the industry. Your tutors can advise you of potential options.

We provide a wide range of facilities and equipment and other resources available in college but learners who are interested in joining this course should consider obtaining the following equipment or having access to the following:

• DSLR camera and suitable lenses

• Industry-standard software applications

• Personal IT resources (such as a computer, laptop, or tablet, etc)

Award: HND
Professional Qualification
2 Years Full Time
Taught in English

Entry requirements

Application through UCAS.

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