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Photography BTEC HND (part-time) (top-up from HNC)

This one year HND programme is a follow on from the HNC in photography and will enable you to develop visual communication skills and how to apply them within your own practice. You will use industry standard cameras, lenses and lighting, equipment and editing software. You will also be encouraged to engage in contemporary debate about political, social and economic factors which influence contemporary photography. You will have the opportunity to take part in national competitions and the course is affiliated with the British Institute of Professional Photographers. Guest lectures are a regular feature of this course and bring valuable industry experience to our students. You will also have the opportunity to visit galleries in major European cities such as Berlin and Amsterdam.

Award-winning students

Alberto Speziali, a first year HND Graphic Design student has won a YCN Award for his entry to an international competition set by the Fedrigoni paper company. The brief to 'design a highly coveted Christmas gift using paper from the Constellation range', was answered with a unique 'Lyra Music Box' (inspired by the Lyra star constellation) containing 38 hole punched strips printed on the Constellation range of papers which each play Christmas music linked to the paper range. Alberto will be invited to an awards night at the Barbican, London in September to receive his award and will see his work published in the YCN's Design Annual.

This is the eighth year running, students studying Graphic Design at Bedford College have won awards from the YCN competition which is entered by colleges and universities worldwide.

» View Alberto's work / Listen to Alberto's work

» View work by previous Bedford College YCN award winners

DanielleHear from former Graphic Design HND student Danielle Harrington

“I really enjoyed the two years I spent on the course. I learnt so much which has prepared me for working life within the design industry.”

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Agency experience

In December 2017 all of our HND Graphic students presented to World of initials (a London creative agency) their proposals for a UK launch of a major US brand. As a result of this work, six of our students were selected by WOI to undertake paid work experience during March/April 2018. Our students are now attending WOI's offices and working on a range of client projects.

Agency students

Bridge logo

From 11 January – 2 February 2018, Bedford College’s award-winning Graphic Design HND students traded as Bridge, inviting local businesses and individuals to employ them for the design of logos, adverts, leaflets and any other small print items. These live fee income assignments were completed to generate income for our London exhibitions and to provide our learners with valuable commercial experience. The projects were:

  1. BEDFORD FLEA – new identity for a Bedford Flea market which is due to start May 2018.
  2. Attimi Di Tempo – wine label for Italian wine producer to be sold in 5th Avenue NYC. The title translates as a moment in time.
  3. Frances Tosdevin – series of illustrations for the website of a children's book author.
  4. Brooks Hair & Beauty Show – poster for an event at Bedford Corn Exchange.

Bridge 2018 work

Brooks Hair & Beauty Show

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Entry requirements

To begin this course you will need a:

  • Photography BTEC HNC, OR 
  • Foundation Diploma Art and Design or UAL Level 3 Photography

Mature students will be considered individually on relevant professional experience rather than qualifications. Entry will also be subject to a successful interview, where you will be asked to present a portfolio of your creative work, including developmental worksheets or sketchbooks.

Course content

You will study core units and specialist units. Students may negotiate an aspect of their specialist unit study with their tutors, though suggesting which units benefit their career intentions.

All mandatory core units:

  • Visual Communication in Art and Design
  • Ideas Generation and Development in Art and Design
  • Contextual and Cultural Referencing in Art and Design
  • Professional Practice in Art and Design
  • Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation.

A minimum of 60 credits from Specialist units Group A (the majority of units are 15 credits each):

  • Communication with Images in Art and Design
  • Art, Design and Media Practice within the Digital Environment
  • 2D, 3D and Time-based Digital Applications
  • Digital Media in Art and Design
  • Lens-based Recording Techniques in Art and Design
  • Studio Practice in Photography
  • Darkroom Practice in Photography
  • Visual Language in Photography
  • Advertising Photography
  • Reprographic Processes in Photography
  • Photographic Techniques
  • Digital Image Creation and Development
  • Location Photography
  • Fashion Photography
  • Press Photography and Photo Journalism
  • Specialist Practice in Photography
  • Photographic Materials, Techniques and Technology
  • Management of Art Exhibitions
  • Time-based Artwork.

Specialist units Group B (no minimum credit):

  • Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
  • Critical Study in Art and Design
  • Professional Studies in Art and Design
  • Ideas in Context
  • Research Project
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Managing a Creative Business
  • Business Practice in Art and Design
  • Work-based Experience
  • Employability Skills
  • References and Sources in Art and Design
  • Commissioned Fine Art Work
  • Drawing Techniques and Processes in Art and Design.


Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Art and Design (Photography)

Further study and career options

On successful completion of the HND you will have the option to top up the qualification to a full Bachelor’s degree at university or enter employment.

Additional information

Additional costs

  • Resource fee of £150 to cover printing costs, photography trips/visits, your end of year final major project and entry fee for competitions

You will need to study six hours per week, Thu-Fri 9.15am-4.30pm. The days and times will depend upon the units you choose study.

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
1-2 years (depending on prior learning) 27/09/2021 6 hours per week 9.15 am - 4.30 pm £2948 per year Cauldwell Street BBL154 Apply

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