Art, Design & Photography
  • Location
    Northampton - Booth Lane
    10 September 2018 to 21 June 2019
    UCAS Code

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: UoN

Qualifications on offer: HND Commercial and Creative Photography

Summary of course

The HND Commercial and Creative Photography programme offers opportunities to study photography within a broad range of vocational and academic contexts, and on completion of study students may progress to the third year of the BA (Hons) Photographic Practice course within the School of The Arts, at the University of Northampton. Practical learning is underpinned by contextual and historical study. Students will also acquire a range of technical and practical photography skills, as well as knowledge in relation to reading images and idea development.

The HND Commercial and Creative Photography course is a vocationally focused course that encourages students to explore and refine their practical skills within a professional and supportive environment. Unlike a degree course it follows a structured format of assignment, practical/vocational application and assessment throughout the two stages.

The HND course differs in structure from a degree course in its make up and delivery. It will be centred on a structured series of assignments, which will form the basis of the student's studies. In completing these assignments, students are introduced to practical and vocational scenarios which require them to research and put into practice workshop based guidance and instruction from the assignment tutors, together with their own research. The course is practically based, strongly underpinned with academic research and reading, as students learn, research, develop and apply skills and techniques appropriate to contemporary practical scenarios.

Stage 1: The first stage of study is broadly exploratory in nature, offering students guidance and instruction in a wide range of practical situations from studio and location lighting, darkroom techniques in colour and monochrome to digital imaging and design. This learning is underpinned throughout by contextual and historical study that ultimately places the student's own work within contemporary and historical practice.

Stage 2: The second stage offers students further opportunity to produce work that reflects the individual student's interests and specialist areas. The aim of this stage is that in completing the assignments, the student graduates with a portfolio of work and a range of knowledge that will take them forward, academically and/or professionally, along their chosen career path.

Special course features:

  • Supportive staff and learning environment
  • Vocational ‘real-world' assignments
  • Opportunity for individual specialism within the course
  • Cross discipline experience and collaboration

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Advertising photography
  • Colour darkroom practice
  • Curating and participating in exhibitions
  • Digital media
  • Fashion photography
  • Location photography
  • Location techniques
  • Monochrome darkroom practice
  • Press and photojournalism
  • Studio techniques

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

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How is the course assessed?

The course is modular and assessed through:

  • practical assignments
  • written assignments

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal if you have an interest in continuing to a third year of study at the University of Northampton to ‘top-up' your HND Photography qualification to a degree or enter related employment.

Progression and Career Opportunities

The course will prepare the student to enter a broad range of photo-related fields from professional practice through to internet and virtual design. This should enable students to progress their career in a direction of their own choosing.

Find about more career opportunities and expected starting salaries by clicking on the 'What Can I Earn?' section of our website.

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Entry Requirements
Entry and Foundation: GCSEs, mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*
Level 1: Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above
Level 2: Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above
Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent: Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 3 A Levels: Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths
Level 4/5: A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship; equivalent of 48 UCAS points
Specific Course Requirements: Standard Level 4/5 entry requirements including GCSE English and Maths; applicants should be aged 18 or over

*All applicants will be invited in for interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C).

We welcome international applications and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications

Those who do not have English as their first language will need to provide NARIC confirmed equivalent of 48 UCAS points and will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component(or equivalent).

We may also admit students on the strength of other qualifications or experience through Accreditation of Prior Learning.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate a level of interest and/or experience in the subject.

Course fee information

The course fee is £6,165 per annum which can be paid through a Student Loan.


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We are planning to offer this programme from September 2016. The full details, including the fees for the 16/17 academic year will be available on the College website from the beginning of July 2016. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us or complete our easy online enquiry form.


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