Photography — Higher National Diploma (HND) Top Up

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Course information

This Photography HND will build on your previous experience and 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

Modules covered:

Professional Practice

Advanced Photography Studies

Moving Images

Art Direction

Conceptual Art

Applied Practice Collaborative Project

A fundamental aspect of the 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 have included acclaimed
photographers, curators, marketing and PR representatives and specialist

Special Features: There will be opportunity for learners to attain a level of
professional practice. Strong links to the creative industries will facilitate
industry-related briefs and real scenarios that provide an opportunity for
students to acquire professional work ethics, time planning skills and working
within a creative team. Learning is supported through a series of guest lectures
and contextual visits, where students will have the opportunity to visit
galleries, museums and exhibitions and have discussions with professional
practitioners for advice and guidance. Educational trips also feature within the
course and are an excellent opportunity for students to network with photography
professionals and add to their portfolio.

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

HND Photography Top Up Programme Handbook (19-20)

Please note that this course will only run if we reach sufficient numbers.


Higher National Diploma in 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 graduate level.

Entry Requirements

• Completed HNC in Photography or equivalent Level 4 certificate of higher education
• 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: 158669

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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