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Art, Design & Creative Media

BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Photography - P056

12 Quays Part Time Higher Education

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This BTEC HNC qualification provides a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in the area of photography. Successful completion of the HNC in Photography will also grant the opportunity to move onto the HND in Photography (also delivered at the College), allowing further development of skills in photography.

Course Details

You will learn about the many applications of photography with units including photographic techniques, fashion, portraiture and location based projects. Students will be introduced to both digital and traditional methods of photography.

Units covered:

Year 1

  • Professional Development
  • Contextual Studies
  • Techniques and Processes
  • Lighting for Photography

Year 2

  • Pearson Set Individual Project
  • Photography Practices
  • Darkroom Photography
  • Visual Narratives

Timetables of HNC study and assessment calendars will be available in course handbooks, provided following enrolment. HNC Photography students typically partake in classroom-based work one day a week. Class groups are expected to contain around 10-12 students, mixed of those studying both the HNC and HND in Photography.

The programme's specification with further information about how the course is assessed and put together can be found on the Pearson website here.

Entry Guidelines

Entry is open to students with relevant qualifications at level 3. These could include an Access to Higher Education Diploma in any subject with Pass, Merit profile or other related Level 3 qualifications such as A-Levels.

Applicants are required to present a portfolio of their work and will be interviewed before being accepted onto the course.

Students who do not satisfy the entry criteria may be eligible by interview and evidence of relevant industry experience.

Equipment Required

Students are required to have a DSLR camera and an external hard drive. Course staff can provide further information and recommendations regarding specific purchases during interview.

Assessment Method

Assessment will be through a carefully selected mix of assignments and portfolio reviews. A selection of units on the course will be assessed through student presentations.

Additional Information

The course includes trips which students will be expected to make a financial contribution towards. Students will be required to meet the costs of printing and hanging their own work for exhibitions.

Where can I progress to?

The HNC is recognised by employers as well as providing a pathway for progression to HND or degree level.

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For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 11 to 4pm and Wednesdays 4 to 6.30pm (term time only).

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