Art and Design (Photography) at City of Liverpool College University Centre - UCAS

Course summary

The Higher National Certificate in Art and Design (Photography) is a wide-ranging one-year course that aims to introduce students to higher education and employment in the photographic industry. Students develop practical, academic and research skills alongside exploration of photography techniques and practices which are relevant to progression onto the Level 5 Higher National Diploma Top-Up or for a variety of creative career pathways in industry. The broad variety of assignments helps students to discover which area of photography they are passionate about and staff offer the career guidance needed to pursue these passions professionally. Study is set with a vocational bias and skills and knowledge are developed through practical and theoretical sessions. This includes working in a photographic studio, creative lighting, working with a range of photographic mediums (film and digital), image manipulation and editing, and working on location. Alongside the many practical skills gained, students develop self-management, self-promotion, and interpersonal skills, whilst improving reflective practice and evaluation. Students also gain transferable skills in areas such as problem solving, numeracy, IT and communication.


Modules studied: • Photographic Practices • Lighting for Photography • Contextual Studies • Darkroom Techniques • Individual Project • Communication in Art & Design • Professional Development • Techniques & Processes

Assessment method

The programme is assessed through a combination of written essays, research portfolios, image presentations and evaluations, which will support the practical assessments throughout the course. Formative feedback will support student progression in both written and practical. Self and peer assessment in convener/critique situations will be an essential element of all projects and the feedback from these will enhance student achievement and progression.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

It is expected that all applicants will hold relevant Level 2 maths and English qualifications equivalent to GCSE grade C/4 or above. Mature students: The University Centre welcomes applications from mature students who have relevant experience in lieu of the minimum entry requirements. Mature students (over 21) without formal qualifications may be accepted subject to satisfactory literacy and numeracy tests, work experience (if applicable) and a strong personal statement. Recognition of Prior Learning: Applicants may meet entry requirements through the process of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), which awards academic credits through recognition of prior learning via work and other life experiences. Recognition of Prior Learning is either certificated (RPCL) through formal assessment, or Experiential (RPEL) via skills and knowledge developed through work and voluntary activities. Students should refer to the RPL Policy on the University Centre website:

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6700 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6700 Year 1
Scotland £6700 Year 1
Wales £6700 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Art and Design (Photography) at City of Liverpool College University Centre - UCAS