Art, Design & Photography
  • Location
    Northampton - Booth Lane
    23 September 2019 to 10 June 2021
    UCAS Code

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.

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.

Entry Requirements for new students

48 Ucas points and GCSE English and maths at Grade 9-4

Students applying for art courses are required to bring with them to interview a portfolio of art work demonstrating their skills and particular interested in art. This can include GCSE art work and personal work produced at home.

Course fee information


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