Art & Design (Photography) Higher National Diploma

You already have a good understanding of photographic techniques and are beginning to develop your own distinctive style. You are now ready to fully professionalize your practice and align yourself with the latest trends in the photographic industries.

On the HND we work closely with you to develop your technical skills in order to become commercially competitive and creatively independent. You will be shown how to use advanced camera, lighting and editing techniques in order to produce sophisticated contemporary photographic imagery and you will learn how to situate your work within a critical contemporary context. You will develop a professional online profile and engage in commercial work.

Whist on the course your learning will be enhanced by visiting professionals, educational visits and one to one bespoke support. You will learn within a thriving and dynamic creative environment and show your work within commercial and public galleries.

Successful completion of the HND at Merit Level or above provides you with the opportunity to progress directly onto the third year of the BA (Hons) in Photography at London Metropolitan University

Aims of programme

The aims of the programme are:
• To develop a wider knowledge of 3D design and the design industry.
• To prepare you for work within the design industry through work based live projects.
• For you to gain work experience within the design sector to help you prepare for work and to gain valuable contacts within the industry.
• To develop your research, technical and making skills to help further your studies at a university to gain a degree.
• To further develop your technical, rendering and digital media skills to gain entry level design positions within the industry or start up your own business.

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Programme contents

Year 1 (Level 4):
• Visual Communication in Art and Design (15 credits)
• Ideas Generation and Development in Art and Design (15 credits)
• Contextual and Cultural Referencing in Art and Design (15 credits)
• Professional Practice in Art and Design (15 credits)
• Product Design (15 credits)
• Furniture Design (15 credits)
• Interior Design (15 credits)
• Business Practice in Art & Design (15 credits)

Year 2 (Level 5):
• Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation (20 credits)
• Design Method (15 credits)
• Design Principles (15 credits)
• Digital Media in Art and Design (15 credits)
• Drawing techniques and processes in Art and Design (15 credits)
• Ideas in Context (15 credits)
• Research Project (20 credits)
• Work-based Experience (15 credits)

Awarding body

Pearson (Edexcel)

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements (students <21 years old):
• a BTEC Level 3 qualification in 3D Design
• other (related) level 3 qualifications
• GCSE grade C/4 or above in English and Maths
40 UCAS Points

Desirable requirements (students <21 years old):
• a BTEC Level 3 qualification in 3D Design
• a GCE level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject, or an adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. Grade A-C.

Mature student requirements (students >21 years old):
• A strong portfolio of design related work
• Related work experience
• An access to Higher Education Certificate received from an approved further education institution.

Progression / Careers

This course has been developed to focus on providing education and training for a range of careers in 3D design, particularly in Architecture, Interior Design, Product Design and Furniture Design. Upon completion of the two year course you will be able to develop a portfolio of work which can contribute towards a specialist 3D Design degree and assist with entry to employment specialising in 3D design. Some students also progress into teaching.



Modes of assessment

A combination of assignments, practical assessments and presentations.