Sandwell College of Further and Higher Education

Photography HND Sandwell College of Further and Higher Education Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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)

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code 046W
Institution code S08
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Unfortunately we are unable to accept international students/applications

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP Learners need to meet one or more of the following entry requirements: two or more A-levels; a Level 2 or 3 pass in a related subject; a portfolio of creative work (photography or other art and design work). You will also need to show the enthusiasm to achieve a high-level qualification and your commitment to two years of study and self development. For mature students without previous formal qualifications, entry is available by demonstrating a working knowledge of photographic practice and a portfolio of existing work.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £5,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5,000 Year 1
Scotland £5,000 Year 1
Wales £5,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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Sandwell College of Further and Higher Education
Central Campus
1 Spon Lane
West Bromwich
B70 6AW

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