Higher National Diploma in Photography

Our HND Photography course is a stimulating one-year full time course that will enable you to meet the needs of the contemporary creative industries. It will allow you to develop as a professional self-reflecting individual, and will equip you with the skills to adapt to the rapidly evolving world of photography.

Emphasis throughout the year will be on refining your research skills, analytical thinking and conceptual development, whilst exploring contemporary photographic practices. You will be working with medium and large format cameras using advanced lighting techniques in our well-equipped photographic studio to develop your ideas and photographic style. You will have the opportunity to explore analogue photography and darkroom printing, as we believe that they form the foundation for understanding photographic principles. As digital post-production is an essential skill for any practicing photographer, you will be entirely supported and greatly encouraged to enhance your pre-existing skills.

At the end of your studies you will have the opportunity to exhibit a body of your photographic work and to promote your self in your chosen pathway. Throughout your journey you will be urged to work independently, while our experienced photographic team will continuously support you.

The Higher National Diploma (HND) at level 5 is equivalent to the second year of a degree course. It is a continuation of the Higher National Certificate (HNC) course. Applicants should have previously completed a level 4 HNC program.

Higher National Certificate in Photography

Higher National Certificate (HNC) Photography provides a broad introduction to a wide range of photographic practices. The course is intensive and offers an overview into professional practice, editorial and fine art photography. The HNC can be used as a stepping stone to place you in a very strong position when applying for undergraduate or even post graduate studies at a later date.

Commitment to study at the college is for two days a week for 30 weeks in the academic year. Over the year you will build on your knowledge by studying a number of different course units. Some units are more theoretical and will contextualise different photographic approaches against a background of historical and political relevance. Other units explore more practical aspects of photography such as studio lighting, digital postproduction and analogue photography. The broad variety of units will allow you to discover and explore the area of photography you are particularly passionate about. The HNC team will provide the support and career guidance to enable you to pursue that passion professionally.

To do this course you will need to have completed, or have knowledge equivalent to our level 3 BTEC Diploma in Photography. The HNC requires a lot of self-motivation as you will need the determination to work independently. The course is supported by a well-equipped studio, black and white darkroom and digital facilities. It is taught by a strong team of experienced tutors and professional photographers who will offer a creative environment for you to develop your photographic futures.

Introduction to Printmaking

This Introduction to Printmaking course is a practical studio based programme and combines structured teaching and informal workshop time. You will gain a good overview of the printmaking media and grounding in a wide range of techniques such as Drypoint, Collagraph, Lino cut, Monoprinting, Etching and Photo-Etching.

KCC Level 2 Photography Certificate

This new photography course is aimed at those who already have some basic knowledge of digital photography and have experimented with basic camera techniques.
It will provide a thorough and exciting overview of camera skills and the opportunity to master them when taking photographs on location, as well as in the studio.
It is designed for those who would like to realise the potential of their camera and to explore what makes a good photograph. The course will cover the effective use of aperture, shutter speed and camera flash for taking successful photographs. It will also cover basic studio lighting techniques, exploring how to use tungsten lights and flash for portraiture and still life.
Although this course does not lead to a formal qualification, you will be supported throughout in the completion of a series of set tasks that develop your creativity, consolidate your learning and put your photography skills into practice. You will be getting weekly feedback on the work you produced throughout the course.
The course runs one day a week for 6 weeks for a total of 30 hours. Once you complete this level 2 course you will receive a certificate provided by KCC, and will be able to continue onto advanced levels of photography study.
Our college photography programme will give you the confidence to pursue the study of photography at higher levels such as the National Diploma or even the HNC. It will also give you a solid foundation on which to build your camera skills and photographic techniques for your personal creative endeavours or work based practice.
Students should have their own DSLR or mirrorless camera.

Summer School – Studio Photography

Update and improve your digital photography skills ready for working in a studio setting. This course takes you from basics through to more advanced techniques. Project work covers lighting, composition, exposure, uploading your images to the computer and digital editing.

Summer School – Basic Digital Photography

Learn the basics of using a DSLR camera and get to understand the menus, white balance, exposure modes and accessories. Our Digital SLR photography course for beginners will put you in control of your equipment and open new horizons for you.

Digital: Basic Digital Photography Skills

Learn the basics of using a DSLR camera and get to understand the menus, white balance, exposure modes and accessories. Our Digital SLR photography course for beginners will put you in control of your equipment and open new horizons for you.

Summer School – Photo Etching

You will be introduced to each stage of the photo-etching process including how to prepare and output images for photo-etching using Photoshop, preparing the photo-etching plate, testing and selecting exposure times, and developing, etching and printing from a zinc plate. You will learn to work in the light and well-equipped studio with specialist facilities and develop your ideas and imagery into a portfolio of creative prints. The course is a combination of structured teaching and informal workshop time. All materials are available to buy in the studio.

Summer School – Explore Printmaking

Explore a range of exciting intaglio and relief printmaking techniques for transferring an image into print media for stunning and dynamic results. The course is a combination of structured teaching and informal workshop time. You will learn to work in the light and well-equipped studio with specialist facilities and develop your ideas and imagery into a portfolio of creative prints. The course is a combination of structured teaching and informal workshop time. All materials are available to buy in the studio.

Summer School – How to Draw & Paint from the Model

You will work observing directly from the model on short and sustained poses and experiment with a range of drawing & painting materials. The course will cover drawing with line and shape, modelling form and volume with tone and exploring mark making.