HND Photography

HND Photography

Courses Info

HND Photography

The HND Photography course provides an introduction into a wide range of photographical disciplines, allowing you to enter whichever aspect of the photography industry you wish. This introductory programme is well-suited to school leavers looking to gain a position in the industry or those hoping to study photography at university. The course is aimed at students wanting to develop a career in various strands of the photography industry such as Fashion, Photojournalism, Documentary, Fine Art, Advertising and Editorial.

The Higher National Diploma (HND) in Photography is designed to develop the skills and knowledge that will allow you to either continue in Higher Education or find employment.

HND Photography

This course is designed for those who want to pursue a career in the photographic industry. We have created an exciting specialist vocational programme that will develop keen business grounding along with providing up-to-date practical skills and visual awareness.

The HND Photography course emphasises the creative use of photography across a wide range of subject areas. The course encourages exploration of contemporary photographic practice, and includes critical and contextual studies. Traditional photographic techniques are investigated, as well as digital image manipulation. Students gain vocational skills through the integrated business practice and professional studies units.

Over two years you will, in turn, concentrate on a number of different elements of photography. These include: fashion photography, location photography, photo journalism and darkroom practice. The broad variety of modules will help you discover which area of photography you are particularly passionate about and we will offer the career guidance you need to pursue that passion professionally.

You will develop your technical skills of photography, whilst exploring images from a critical stance and develop your practical skills in the field or in and studio. The final semester will demonstrate the expert skills you have mastered throughout the programme through the creation of your own project. Through demonstrating professional skills, techniques and critical understanding, you will be expected to create a professional portfolio of work which will assist you in pursuing a successful career in the industry. This course will provide you with all the artistic and technical skills you need to be a successful photographer.

Course Length: 2 years;

Start dates: February / July / October;

HND Photography

Course Structure

Year 1:

Visual communication in art & design

Location photography

Visual language in photography

Contextual and cultural referencing in art & design

Studio practice in photography

Professional practice in art & design

Ideas generation and development in art & design

Press photography and photo journalism


Year 2:

Critical study in art & design

Digital image creation and development

Research Project

Photographic materials, techniques and technology

Management of art exhibitions

Project design, implementation and evaluation

Specialist practise in photography

* The units can vary, depending on the optional modules which your institution will choose for the course structure.

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.

You can progress to the 3rd year Top Up degree to obtain a full honours degree, in a related art, design or photography course.

The course provides you with the knowledge and understanding of photography needed to qualify for entry-level, industry positions as a commercial or fine art photographer, picture editor or researcher, or photographic assistant. Pursue a career as an advertising photographer, studio/portraiture photographer, photo journalist, layout designer, illustrator, commercial designer, fashion photographer, graphic artist/designer, interactive media, package designer or web designer – graphic design. The students also develop skills that can enable them to develop careers in a wide range of related industries such as Arts Administration, Education, Media Practice and research and much more.

  • Minimum Age: 18 years old;
  • Applicants are required to submit proof of prior certificated learning (e.g. Secondary School Diploma/Baccalaureate/Level 3 qualification) or relevant work experience;
  • Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language;
  • An interview with the college is compulsory prior student registration.
  • Applicants must bring their original certificates when coming for registration;


The Tuition Fee of the course will vary depending on the institution you wish to study in, as well as your status in the UK. The course is available for UK/EU and International Students as well. Please contact us to find out the tuition fee for a specific course you’d like to know about.

Government Founds – Student Finance England                                                                                                         

This programme has been designated by the UK government for Student Finance, which means that UK/EU students may apply for Student Loans. If you are a UK or EU undergraduate student, you can apply for funding from the government. You do not have to pay your tuition fees up front if this is your first degree – you can get a tuition fee loan to cover your full course fees. You may be eligible for maintenance loan and some extra support as well, depends on your circumstances. You only start to pay back your student loan after you finish studying and are earning over £25,000 a year.