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.
What background and qualifications do you need to join? (Entry Requirements)
To do this course you will need to have completed or have knowledge equivalent to our level 3 BTEC Diploma in Photography. You will also need to have a GCSE, grade 4 or above in maths and English (or equivalent level of qualification). For non-native English speakers an IELTS of 5.5 is required. You will need to be passionate about photography and will be asked to show a portfolio of your recent photographic work which will be discussed at interview.
What does the course lead to?
This course can lead to further study at HND level, or enable you to begin a bachelor’s degree (at level 4 the HNC is equivalent to the first year of a degree). If you have other qualifications or experience it can lead onto studying for a Master’s degree. HNC Photography can also lead on to you working as a photographer professionally.
Where will I study?
The course is based at the Chelsea Centre and Carlyle Building in Hortensia Road, SW10 0QS.
What are the facilities and equipment like?
There is a well-equipped studio with Hi-Glide system supporting Elinchrom flash heads. There is also a Mac suite which runs the latest version of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. We have film and flatbed scanning facilities.
There is a black and white darkroom with small, medium and large format enlargers. Film processing up to 5×4 format is possible. The darkroom is set up to print from both resin and fibre paper as well as experimenting with alternative processes.
How much should I study outside class?
The HNC runs two days a week, however the course advises that you will need to study for another two days outside of these hours.
How is the course assessed?
The course is assessed throughout the year – rather than all assessments taking place at the end of the academic year. During the year different HNC units are delivered and assessments are scheduled to place at the end of each unit.
Are any course materials online?
All course materials are online and accessible via our VLE MOODLE.
What books and equipment do I need?
You will need your own DSLR. Access to a computer and the internet is essential.
What else do I need to buy? / What extra costs are there?
There is a one off studio fee of £50 which needs to be paid in the first week of the course. This helps cover the costs of essential materials and helps keep on top of the overall maintenance of the studio equipment. You will be required to purchase film, darkroom paper, memory sticks and other items that are essential for learning. The academic year will end with an exhibition. For this there will be printing and possibly framing costs.
All students are admitted to the College on the basis that they:
• Agree to comply with the KCC student code of conduct.
• Provide original documentation that confirms entry qualifications.
• Meet the course entry requirements.
• Provide information so that a school or college reference can be obtained.
How to apply
Please fill in the application form (available online) and we will contact you to arrange an interview.
If offered a place on the course, you then pay and this completes the enrolment process.
It is possible to apply for a student loan to pay for course fees.
What do I need to bring to the interview?
You will be told what to bring with you in a letter when you are invited for interview. This usually consists of a portfolio of your photographs and possibly a set task.
Supporting our learners
Being a student at KCC, means you can expect a caring friendly inclusive learning environment. We will support you throughout your studies with us.
Our students benefit from:
• Tutorial Support
• Information advice and Guidance
• Counselling and personal support
• Access to learner support services
• Study centres at Chelsea and Kensington provide collections of books, journals, DVDs, access to PCs and on line learning materials
Financial support may be available to you. Please contact an Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) advisor on 020 7573 5325 who will be able to give you information about charitable trusts and Learner Support fund and other schemes that may be able to help you regarding financial matters.
Additional Learning Support for students with disabilities or learning difficulties
KCC is committed to improving access to learning for all our students. Please tell us if you have any access requirements at any stage of the application process. The additional learning support team can provide help and information regarding your individual needs. For example, the team can provide information on hearing loop facilities, communication support (e.g. BSL), dyslexia support, physical access, equipment/software (e.g. JAWS). If you would like to discuss learning support contact a member of the team on 020 7573 5308. Further information about our services are available here.
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Information on this course fact sheet was correct at time of publication; however course offers and details may be subject to change.