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.
What background and qualifications do you need to join? (Entry Requirements)
You should have previously completed a level 4 HNC program. You will also need to have a GCSE, grade C or above, in Maths and English (or an equivalent level of qualification). For non-native English speakers, an IELTS 5.5 is required. After all, you will have to be passionate about photography and have a portfolio of your own photographic work.
What does the course lead to?
Once you complete this course you could continue your studies and attend a BA Top Up or a Masters course in University. Alternatively, you can start your own photographic business, or seek employment as a photographer.
Where will I study?
The course is based at our Chelsea Centre, however there are location trips and many gallery visits.
What are the facilities and equipment like?
Studio: Flash equipped studio with Elinchrom equipment, Hi-Glide support, transmitters/receivers and light meters.
Digital Suite: Mac equipment using the latest version of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Film scanners (all sizes up to 10″ x 8″), as well as flatbed scanners.
Wet Darkroom: A wet darkroom with 35mm, medium and large format enlargers, film processing up to 5″ x 4″ and film scanners. Resin and Fibre based processing and drying systems and support for alternative processes, filtered water and hospital grade air cleaning facilities.
How much should I study outside class?
As it is a full time one-year course, students need to be able to work in their own time under pressure. They are required to undertake research, complete photographic projects and prepare supporting notes outside the course hours independently. This course is suitable for those ready and willing to make a commitment in a very demanding environment.
How is the course assessed?
The course work is assessed at the end of each Unit.
Are any course materials online?
All course materials are online and accessible via our Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle). This allows students to access project briefs, background notes, handouts, links to galleries etc. at all times. It also provides students the opportunity to share their work, provide feedback and arrange tutorials.
What books and equipment do I need?
You will need to own a DSLR, or mirrorless camera. Ideally, you will also own a few lenses, a flashgun, and a tripod, although these are not essential for the start of the course. You should not buy additional equipment just ahead of the course, it is better to see what application you want to use equipment for first, and decide later. Access to a computer is essential.
What else do I need to buy? / What extra costs are there?
There is a studio fee of £50 towards central materials, which needs to be paid in the first week of the course. You will need to purchase film, darkroom paper, memory cards, memory sticks and other items that you might need. For the end of year exhibition you will have to get a number of your photos printed and mounted/framed in order to display them
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 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.
What do I need to bring to the interview?
You will need to bring a small portfolio of photographic work (16-20 images). Before the interview you will be asked to shoot a short project and write a review on an exhibition you have recently attended. You will be given short notice to do this, as we want to see how you operate under pressure!