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Qualification name BTEC Higher National Certificate in Art and Design
Qualification level 4
Awarding organisation Pearson Education Ltd (Formerly EDEXCEL)
Learning method Classroom based
Course hours Full-time
Course start date 1st September 2024
Cost description These fees relate to 2023/24 Tuition Fees: £6,950
Attendance pattern Daytime

Discover the learning experience and opportunities you can expect from this course.

The creative industries are the fastest growing part of the UK economy. They are defined by the UK government as “those industries which have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent and which have a potential for wealth and job creation through the generation and exploitation of intellectual property”. On our Higher National Programme you will encourage and support you to develop your own style and vision in photography, and can help you plan for your future career. If you have a passion for image-making this course will help you to achieve more by providing practical skills and theoretical knowledge, building a thoughtful, visually creative and innovative portfolio of work. Set projects are worked on with support from tutors, peers, and portfolio feedback. We also have a selection of client briefs from around the local area, as well as working closely with visiting professional photographers and industries for lectures, workshops and portfolio reviews. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to exhibit your work both live and online and enter various competitions. We have an industry standard studio with specialist lighting, up to date digital software and black and white darkroom facilities.

Find out what qualifications and skills you will need for this course.

Minimum 64 UCAS tariff points from A Levels or a Level 3 diploma in a related subject or An Access to Higher Education (19+) qualification. GCSE grade C or above in English Language (or equivalent qualification) is required. Those with previous experience or learning that is relevant may be eligible via our APL process for accreditation towards this course. All applicants are required to attend an interview, you will also need to bring with you a portfolio of photographic practice.

View the key features of this course.

• Professional Development • Contextual Studies • Individual Project (Pearson-Set) • Techniques and Processes • Lighting for Photography • Photographic Practices • Location Photography • Studio Photography • Professional Practice • Applied Practice Collaborative Project (Pearson-Set) • Advanced Photography Studies • Commercial Photography

Understand how the course will be delivered.

A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used that encourage and facilitate learners’ creative and artistic development and bring together, wherever possible, practice and theory. Methods used will encourage both independent and collaborative learning through use of practical workshops, interactive lectures, resource-based learning, individual and group work, tutorials, discussion & critiques.

Find out more about exams, assignments and assessments.

Industry based lecturers will assess based on industry linked Live Briefs and specifications set in projects to enhance and confirm your knowledge and practice. Assessment reflects sector practice to ensure you have the tools to follow a career in their chosen specialism.

Further Study: This course is recognised as a qualification in its own right or can be combined with a top-up degree to obtain a full honours degree. Progression onto the BA(Hons) Creative Industries programme with a specialism in lens-based media is one option. Alternatively, there are a number of other HE Institutions that offer similar provision.

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Name Wakefield College
Address Margaret Street
West Yorkshire
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Phone 01924 789111
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