Bedford College Group

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd

HNC Photography (Bedford)

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Course summary

The one year long 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. Students are 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 to 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, for example Berlin and Amsterdam.

Course details


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 method

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.

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification 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.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6000 Year 1
Scotland £6000 Year 1
Wales £6000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Resource fee of £150 to cover printing costs, photography trips/visits, your end of year final major project and entry fee for competitions. Fees subject to change.
HNC Photography (Bedford) at Bedford College Group - UCAS