|Mode of study||HE Full-time|
|Campus||English Bridge Campus|
|Start date||September 2020|
|Course code||FLR5PHG001 (2022)|
The two-year HND course is designed for those looking for a career in the photographic industries, or undertaking the course as a way of extending an existing interest into a job. It is suitable for those progressing from Level 3 Vocational or A level and also those wishing to return to education to develop specialist photographic skills.
We aim to have a broad mix of learners within the photography course to create a dynamic learning environment, you will be encouraged to experience a wide range of photographic practice and develop an individual style. Whether you are interested in portraiture, landscapes, sports, fashion or advertising, we have the expertise to help you achieve your goals.
There will be a range of trips available both nationally and internationally and HE students have recently attended a visit to Milan, as part of the annual international trip programme organised by staff. A number of day trips will be planned to visit exhibitions and galleries across the country.
Students will also have the opportunity to attend talks from visiting practitioners who will give advice and discuss their own work and careers. Students are encouraged to enter their work into national and international photography competitions and submit work for different exhibitions, supported by course staff.
This course is validated by Pearson. The structure of the course will include a series of mandatory and specialist photography units, taught by experienced staff. These include:
Core & Mandatory Units:
Core & Mandatory Units:
Attendance and additional study hours: This is a full time programme, usually timetabled so students attend classes over 2 days per week. Learners are encouraged to access the Art and Design studios, HE Centre and library outside of taught sessions to realise their projects fully. Classes are usually between the hours of 8.50am- 4:10pm. Full attendance and punctuality are a fundamental requirement. Study hours are made up from taught hours and independent study hours.
Your work will be continually assessed throughout the course. The assessment will depend upon the particular module being studied. Typical assessment methods include assignments; portfolios; examinations and presentations. Please refer to the Course Specification for information on assessment for this particular course.
There are some costs to consider when applying for the course; these include photographic materials such as printing, film, journals, etc, and residential trips and day trips, which are not included in the course fees. Basic materials can be purchased from the college. It is expected but not required that students would have access to a DSLR camera as this will give them greater independence in their photographic work.
The course covers a wide variety of creative photographic practice and also contains some core units on personal and professional development. The course is achieved through completing assignments set by course tutors on a wide variety of topics, these assignments are designed in such a way to enable students to express themselves photographically where possible in their specific genre of interest. Students will also experience location shoots with professional photographers, studio workshops and digital imaging, learning a wide range of skills to be competitive in the current photographic world.
Over the course students are expected to work with increasing independence whilst still having regular taught and tutorial sessions. Sketchbooks and journals are used for concept development, design research, problem solving and presentation of art and design ideas. Students have the opportunity to join the photography marketing team to cover a number of community and commercial events, paid and unpaid, to build their portfolio, and gain experience of photographic work.
The career opportunities are varied and depend greatly on individual interests and long-term goals. You may wish to set up as a Freelance Photographer, photographing weddings and events (£12,000+ earnings varied) or seek employment as an Assistant Photographer (£12,000-£17,000), working alongside a professional photographer on a variety of projects. Other career paths may include Advertising and Editorial Photographer (£18,000-£50,000), Press Photographer or Photojournalist (£18,000+), Medical Photographer, Photographic Stylist (earnings variable) or a Unit Stills Photographer, working on film sets to create promotional images.
Alternative opportunities include a Picture Library Assistant and Manager or a Professional Image Retoucher (£12,000+).
If you wish to continue your studies there is the option undertaking a HND top up year.
Salary info from the National Careers Service website.
To join this course you will first have to register with UCAS at www.ucas.com and then apply through UCAS. (Choose: Sign In–Students–Undergraduate–Apply–Register and follow the instructions.) You will then receive a confirmation email from UCAS and the College will be in contact with an interview date. Current Shrewsbury Colleges Group students should seek support from their tutor before applying.
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