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Bedford College Group

Photography (Bedford Site)

UCAS Code: 04PW

Higher National Certificate - HNC

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Course option

1.0year

Full-time | 2021

The one year long programme is designed to be a diagnostic introduction to Photography. The HNC will enable you to make images that you are interested in and you will develop an understanding of how to apply your practice within a commercial context, for example Fashion, Advertising, Product and Editorial. Practical assignments will enable you to acquire fundamental conceptual and technical skills in contemporary image making.

Students are issued with project briefs, which will develop your understanding of photography as a craft in the studio environment and on location. The technical practice is underpinned by your understanding of photography as a tool to communicate meaning and message to a variety of audiences.

The course is affiliated to the British Institute of Photographers and our students regularly take part in national competitions. Guest lecturers and speakers contribute to the course and in addition you will have the opportunity to visit galleries in major European cities, for example Berlin and Amsterdam.

Modules

During this course you will study both core and specialist units. You may negotiate an aspect of your specialist unit study with your tutors, through suggesting which units may benefit future career intentions.

All mandatory core units:

Visual Communication
Ideas Generation and Development
Contextual and Cultural Referencing
Professional Practice.

A minimum of 30 credits from specialist units Group A (the majority of these units are 15 credits each):

Communication with Images
Art, Design and Media Practice within the Digital Environment
2D, 3D and Time-based Digital Applications
Digital Media in Art and Design
Lens-based Recording Techniques
Studio Practice in Photography
Darkroom Practice in Photography
Visual Language in Photography
Advertising Photography
Reprographic Processes in Photography
Photographic Techniques
Digital Image Creation and Development
Location Photography
Fashion Photography
Press Photography and Photojournalism
Specialist Practice in Photography
Photographic Materials, Techniques and Technology
Management of Art Exhibitions
Time-based Artwork.

Specialist Units Group B (no minimum credit):

Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
Critical Study in Art and Design
Professional Studies in Art and Design
Ideas in Context
Research Project
Personal and Professional Development
Managing a Creative Business
Business Practice in Art and Design
Work-based Experience
Employability Skills
References and Sources in Art and Design
Commissioned Fine Art Work
Drawing Techniques and Processes in Art and Design.

Assessment methods

You will work with a range of specialist lecturers, including practising artists, in well-equipped studios and workshops. Project briefs are set for each assignment, and you are encouraged to develop a personal response to each task. All activities are supported through one-to-one tutorials and group discussions to inform you of personal progress and to aid assessment. Assessment is continuous throughout the course, with assignments graded at the end of each project.

Tuition fees

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England
£5,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£5,500
per year
Scotland
£5,500
per year
Wales
£5,500
per year

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Course location:

Bedford College

Department:

Art and Design

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