Photography — Higher National Certificate (HNC)

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Course information

The Photography HNC is a challenging and wide-ranging course whose central
aim is to introduce students into higher education and employment in the
photographic industry. Students will develop practical, academic and research
skills alongside their exploration of image taking and image making. The broad
variety of assignments will help students to discover which area of photography
they are passionate about, and staff will offer the career guidance needed to
pursue their passions professionally.

Semester 1

  • Lighting in Photography

  • Darkroom Techniques

  • Photographic Practices

  • Communication in Art & Design

Semester 2

  • Professional Development

  • Contextual Studies

  • Individual Project

  • Techniques & Processes

A fundamental aspect of student’s development is educational visits, which
enhance the course experience and underpin all assignments. Previous
destinations have included Paris (Paris Photo), London and Dublin, giving
students the opportunity to not only add to their own portfolios but also to
network with other photographers at an international level. Guest lectures are
also incorporated into the curriculum to enhance students understanding of
professional practice and previous guest lectures included acclaimed
photographers, curators, marketing and PR representatives and specialist

Skills and Knowledge Developed: This programme develops a student’s in-depth
understanding of photography and the possibilities within the genre. Study is
set with a vocational bias and skills and knowledge are developed through
practical and theoretical sessions. This includes working in a photographic
studio, creative lighting, working with a range of photographic mediums (film
and digital), image manipulation and editing and working on location. Alongside
the many practical skills gained, students develop self-management,
self-promotion and interpersonal skills, whilst improving reflective practice
and evaluation skills. Students also gain a number of transferable skills over
the course of the qualification in areas such as problem solving, numeracy, IT
and communication.

For examples of work by current students, please follow the department's
Instagram account: photography_colc

The programme handbook for this course is available to applicants online:

HNC Photography Programme Handbook (19-20)

Please note: this course will only run when it has a sufficient number of applicants.


Higher National Certificate (HNC) Photography

This course leads to...

This programme produces graduates skilled in a broad range of specialist areas. Progression is through direct entry into the industry or through further study at HND level or degree level.

Entry Requirements

• Minimum 18 years.
• Level 3 Extended Diploma in a relevant subject (MMM minimum) or 3 A-level qualifications in a relevant subject area
• GCSE English Language at grade C or above or equivalent
• We also welcome applications from those with relevant experience in lieu of the minimum entry requirements.

All applicants will be given the opportunity to attend one of our Open Event workshops. All applicants will be interviewed face to face (interview questions and portfolio.)
Applicants should hold a total UCAS Tariff points score from relevant qualifications of at least 96 points.

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Course ID: 159070

Course Year: 19/20

Course Duration: 1 Year


This course is only available to learners aged 18 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer, but you may qualify for a student loan through Student Finance England towards the cost of your course and living costs. Find out more at, or contact our HE team at

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