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Art and Design - Photography

Creative, Digital & Computing

Key Facts

Level 5
Wakefield City Campus, ASIC Building
Start Date:
September, 2021
2 Years
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Higher National qualifications provide practical skills and theoretical knowledge that meet the needs of employers

The HNC in Photography develops knowledge and skills in traditional image-making and digital imaging.

The HND in Photography builds on the knowledge and skills of the HNC and gives candidates an opportunity to gain advanced skills within a Photographic specialism.

The course is intended for anyone with a passion for photography and is looking for a potential future professional career in the photographic and visual arts sector. It is aimed at any student who wishes to develop and broaden their skills in photography.

Course Features
  • TEF Silver Award
  • Brand new facilities

Course Structure

Level 4 

  • 1 Professional Development
  • 2 Contextual Studies
  • 3 Individual Project (Pearson-set)
  • 4 Techniques & Processes
  • 10 Lighting for Photography
  • 11 Photographic Practices
  • 26 Darkroom Techniques
  • 28 Communication in Art & Design

Level 5

  • 32 Professional Practice
  • 33 Applied Practice Collaborative Project (Pearson-set)
  • 38 Advanced Photography Studies
  • 56 Project Management
  • 48 Conceptual Art
  • 52 Moving Image


Entry Requirements

Minimum 64 UCAS tariff points from A Levels or a Level 3 diploma in a related subject 


An Access course

GCSE grade C or above in English Language (or equivalent qualification) is required.
Those with previous experience or learning that is relevant may be eligible via our APL process for accreditation towards this course.

All applicants are required to attend an interview, you will also need to bring with you a portfolio of photographic practice. A member of the course team to discuss your reasons for applying and your career plan.


Points Required

If you’re applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

Fees & Funding

£6,750 per year.

Course Costs Included in the fees


Course Costs Not Included in the Fees


Bursaries and scholarships

We have a strong commitment to widening access to higher education, and to help we have a range of bursaries and scholarships to support eligible students starting a higher education course with us in September. To find out more, email:

Other Financial Support

The government provides financial assistance to help pay for tuition fees and to help with living costs. To find out more, visit the website at:


Destinations may include seeking commercial commissions as a photographer in editorial, press, advertising or fashion related fields. Other options are working as a photographic assistant, professional involvement in digital or virtual visual or photographic environments, picture and design agencies or photo libraries.

This course is recognised as a qualification in its own right or can be combined with a top-up degree to obtain a full honours degree like our BA (Hons) in lens based media. Alternatively, you can study a PGCE or Certificate in Education to progress to teaching.


HND Art and Design - Photography