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City of Sunderland College

Visual Arts (Photography)

UCAS Code: W640

Higher National Diploma - HND

Entry requirements


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About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2020

This programme gives you the opportunity to work in a variety of photographic specialisms including, Studio Lighting, Film-based Photography, Location Photography, Digital Imaging, Fashion Photography, Professional Practice and the History of Photography. Over the course of two years you will develop a substantial personal portfolio and also take part in an exhibition of your own work. In the second year you will be directed towards how to best prepare for employment within the creative industries or how to take the next step into the final year of a full degree. This course offers a much more personal experience with smaller class sizes than larger universities.

Modules

The course comprises of level 4 and level 5 units. At level 4 students develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the creative industries sector through four core units, which includes one unit assessed through a Pearson set assignment. The core units are:
Professional Development
Contextual Studies
Individual Project (Pearson - set)
Techniques & Processes

Mandatory specialist pathway units will include:
Lighting for Photography

Photographic Practices

Students will then undertake a further two specialist units (related to their level 4 pathway) from:

Communication in Art and Design
Darkroom Techniques
Visual Narrative
For the level 5 BTEC Higher National Diploma you will complete a further two core units. One of which will be assessed through a Pearson set assignment. The core units are:
Professional Practice
Applied Practice Collaborative Project (Pearson-set)
Mandatory specialist photography pathway unit includes:
Advanced Photographic Studies
A further three units will also be completed in this year, which will improve your knowledge, skills and understanding of ‘photographic practice’ and contribute to an enhanced portfolio of photography.
Timetables
Timetables are normally available at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.

Assessment methods

You will learn through a range of lectures, seminars, workshops, individual tutorials, exhibition and gallery visits and self-directed study.
You will be assessed on practical course work, coursework journals and presentations.
Some lessons may be taught in conjunction with the full range of HND students on the general Art and Design programme, such as Contextual Studies and some core units.
Independent learning
When not attending lectures you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research, preparing coursework assignment and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of facilities including the learning centre.
Overall workload
Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 15 hours’ independent learning and assignment activity.
Academic Support
Our HE Academic Support Tutor provides help in the following areas:
• Study skills (including reading, writing, note-taking and presentation skills)
• Written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
• Academic writing (including how to reference)
• Research skills (in conjunction with the learning centres)
• Critical thinking and understanding arguments
• Revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management)
Teaching Staff
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the units on the course. The team includes senior lecturers and professional practitioners with industry experience. Our teaching is informed by the relevant practice within the sector and all of our lecturers have a teaching qualification.
Feedback
You will receive feedback on all assessments undertaken. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your lecturer.

Tuition fees

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England
£5,999
per year
Northern Ireland
£5,999
per year
Scotland
£5,999
per year
Wales
£5,999
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Bede Campus

Department:

Visual and Performing Arts

TEF rating:

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