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Photography BTEC HNC/HND


Why study this course?

The course aims to provide a comprehensive study of photography to meet the creative and commercial needs of an image-based world. There is an emphasis on the skills valued by employers in the creative sector, making live client-based assignments integral to the course. Study will focus on many aspects of photography including: Documentary; Reportage; Fine Art; Studio and Commercial Photography, using both digital and darkroom-based techniques. You will make use of our industry standard software and modern studios to ensure that you refine your skill set to meet employability requirements.

What will I study?

You will study the following compulsory units: contextual and cultural
referencing; ideas generation; professional practice; project design
and implementation; visual communication.
You will cover a range of specialist units, including: advertising
photography; darkroom practice in photography; fashion
photography; lens-based photography techniques; location
photography and studio practice in photography.
You will use industry standard cameras, lenses , lighting, equipment
and editing software. Students will also be encouraged to engage
in contemporary debate about political, social and economic factors
which influence contemporary photography.

What will I be able to do after I complete this course?

On completion of the HND course you will be able to pursue a career in the photography industry in a range of areas including Photographic Studios, Media and Photographic Journalism. The skills you will develop will also prepare you for setting up your own business and to work as a freelance photographer.
You will also have the option to apply to top up the HND to a full BA Hons degree at a number of universities. We will work with you to tailor your final year in preparation for any such application.

How will I be assessed?

This course is 100% coursework. Assessments vary from presentations, essays, workshops, sketchbook critiques and live client based projects. The course is 60% practical and 40% written.

Are there any additional costs?

£150 per year to cover sketchbooks, photo paper, film and memory. The optional trip abroad will incur extra cost, this will be discussed at interview.

Pay by instalments
The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 6 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

Is there anything else I need to know when considering this course?

For students studying on a full time basis, you will have a minimum of 15 hours contact time with tutors usually over three days each week. You are also encouraged to utilise the facilities outside of your formal hours to complete assignments and develop your skills.

Full time applications must be made via, the UCAS code for this course is PH01 for the 1 year HNC and MGS1 for the 2 year HND. Part time applications can be made directly to Tresham College.

Please note that all students who wish to apply for this course who are non-native English speakers, or have not studied the final two years of school/college in English, must demonstrate capability in English to a standard commensurate to:
-IELTS 5.5, with a minimum of 5.0 being awarded on individual sections
-PTE Academic score of 42 to 49.
Please contact us for further information.