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Course Length

24 months


£6,750 per annum

Awarded By

Pearson Education Ltd

UCAS codes

  • Course Code: 046W
  • Institution Code: N34
  • Campus Code: N

HND in Art and Design (Photography)

About the course

Higher Nationals are level 4 and 5 qualifications – equivalent to a foundation degree or the first two years of a full degree. They are vocational courses with an emphasis on ‘learning by doing’; focusing on the skills and knowledge needed for a particular industry.

This diploma course prepares students for a career in the photographic industry through modules studying Professional Practice, Techniques and Processes and Lighting for Photography.

As well as studying traditional black and white film development and processing in a darkroom, students also learn about digital photography and image manipulation using sophisticated computer software.

The programme is supported by lecturers who are practitioners within the creative industry. Students will have access to professional standard facilities of a photographic studio, professional lighting, black and white darkroom and film processing lab.

This course is studied full-time over 24 months.

Entry requirements

GCSE English and Maths, 9-4 (A*-C). Alternative equivalency testing may be undertaken plus 48 UCAS points from at least one of the following:

  • 2 A Levels at grade A-D (one of which should be art related)
  • Vocational - Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in an art related subject
  • Access Diploma - Level 3 in Foundation Studies Art & Design

For mature students over 18, suitable work experience may be taken into consideration instead of formal academic studies.

Where next?

On completion, you may have the option to further your studies with a top-up year of a full honours degree at university. This can be dependent on a particular level 6 running and subject to an interview and terms and conditions.

Alternatively, you will be well placed to pursue a career within the creative arts industry.

Example job roles:

  • Professional Photographer

Work experience and employability


What additional resources will I need?

Applicants will be required to attend an interview and provide portfolio evidence of their skills and knowledge.

Student finance information

Find Student Finance Information on the Government website.

Students enrolling on this course can apply for the Higher Education Scholarship.


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Important COVID-19 update – Information about how courses and teaching may be affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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