Art & Design (Photography) - Higher National Certificate

'The HNC Photography programme at North Kent College offers students the opportunity to develop their skills and understanding of photography within a broad range of vocational and academic contexts - practical skills and image making are underpinned by contextual & historical studies.

Students will acquire the technical and practical skills required to work as freelance photographer or to gain a position in the creative industries, and those wishing to proceed onto a top-up year (Level 6) of a BA (Hons) programme will be well prepared, with an awareness of contemporary practice and a developed portfolio. Professional practice and project management skills are encouraged through independent live work and our exciting group exhibitions held in London each year. Once completed you can then enrol onto the HND for the second year of the course

Aims of programme

• to enable students to develop a range of skills, knowledge and understanding appropriate for effective professional photography.
• to provide opportunities for creative development through a range of assignments and other work.
• to provide students with work-based or ‘live’ learning experiences at an appropriate level that contributes to their creative and professional development.
• to provide students with opportunities for research and experimentation as they explore the potential of photography.
• to develop critical thinking skills in students to enable them to reflect on their own and others photographic practice.
• to enable students to produce a portfolio of work illustrating a balanced and diverse range of skills for progression to employment or further study.
• to develop transferable skills essential for the successful performance in professional practice.
• in liaison with photographic practitioners, to review and incorporate new content through the development of the programme

Awarding body


Entry requirements

Under 21:
48 UCAS points.

We also accept equivalent qualifications, including:

. BTEC/National Diploma
. International Baccalaureate
. Advanced & Progression Diplomas
. Access courses

Plus: GCSE English language & Maths with a minimum of grade C/4 or recognised equivalent are required

Over 21:
Mature students (21 or over) can apply with a portfoilio and/or industry experience.

Progression / Careers

Freelance Photographer

Studio Assistant



Modes of assessment

Practical workshops
Written assignments
Oral presentations
Self directed study

Additional information


This information may be subject to change without prior notice.

Timetables are normally available one week before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.