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Photography, HNC/HND

The HNC/D Photography course is a challenging and wide ranging course whose central aim is to introduce students into higher education and employment in the photographic industry. Over the two years 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 career guidance they need to pursue their passions professionally.

HNC – Year One – HNC

Semester 1 Semester 2

Lighting in Photography Professional Development

Darkroom Techniques Contextual Studies

Photographic Practices Individual Project

Communication in Art & Design Techniques & Processes

HND – Year Two - HND

Professional Practice, Advanced Photography Studies, Moving Image, Art Direction and Applied Practice

A fundamental aspect of student’s development are 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 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 practitioners.

Our students benefit from:

• Industry specialised lecturers.

• Industry focused assignment briefs.

• Use of fully equipped darkrooms, studios and Mac suites.

• A varied range of relevant, contemporary work experience.

• Ongoing feedback from tutors throughout the course.

• Guest Lectures from respected freelancers within the photography, design and art industries.

• A city centre location.

Skills and Knowledge Developed: The programme will develop an in-depth understanding of photography and the possibilities within the genre. Study will be set with a vocational bias and skills and knowledge will be developed through practical and theoretical sessions. This will include working in a photographic studio and darkrooms, creative lighting, working with a range of photographic mediums, image manipulation and editing and working on location. Alongside the many practical skills gained students will develop self-management, self-promotion and interpersonal skills whilst improving their reflective practice and evaluation skills. There will also be a number of transferable skills gained over the course of the qualification in areas such as problem solving, numeracy, IT and communication.

Special Features: There will be opportunity for the 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.

For examples of work by current students, please follow the departments Instagram account: photography_colc

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

This course can lead to BA (hons) Photography course that we offer (commencing September 2019).

What the course leads to

This course can lead to BA (hons) Photography course that we offer (commencing September 2019).


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The Arts Centre
Myrtle Street, L7 7JA

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