Photography & Film (Higher Diploma)

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  Course Title

  Photography & Film (Higher Diploma)

  Length of Study

  2 years Full-Time / 3-4 years Part-Time

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Our BTEC HND Diploma in Photography and Film is a specialist programme of study that covers the fundamentals and develops the required practical skills in the field of Photography and Film making. It also develops a critical awareness of the historical, contextual and social issues relevant to the practice.

During your studies you will have the opportunity to use contemporary equipment and facilities like photography studios and darkrooms, cameras and recorders, software and machinery in exceptional and professional designed studios, to be ready to enter the industry and become aware of and fully equipped with all technical skills.

BTEC HND Diplomas are internationally recognized qualifications with a proven track record of success. They are a recognized and popular route to university, leading to the second or third year of a bachelor’s degree, accordingly.

Over the two years you will be introduced to traditional and contemporary photography, film and sound techniques, industry requirements and career opportunities, and you will develop appropriate making and creating skills, which will lead you to create your own professional portfolio indicating your personal artistic identity.

Other pathways are: Fine Art, 3D Design, Animation, Illustration, Graphic Design, Fashion and Textiles, Art Photography, Product Design, and Interior Design.


Level 4 HNC

Year 1


Semester 1


The 1st semester of study is mostly investigational, experimental and research based, in order to start defining the perspectives of the fields of specialization. It will help the students to better understand their course specifications and values, and they will be introduced technically and conceptually to the course and to industry expectations.



Specialization Roles in the Industry and Design Development – Contextual Studies

(30 credits)


The purpose of this module is to define specialized roles in the industry, expectations, and to develop necessary skills, such as defining personal career goals. Students will build critical skills, and learn about social, historical and cultural theories and practices, as well as how to prepare a personal development plan.



Art & Design Techniques & Idea Processes (part set assignment)

(30 credits)


The purpose of this module is to develop a general understanding and knowledge of art & design areas, which will help students to distinguish the differences between the fields of specialization, as to create appropriate techniques and processes within the art & design fields and personal practice, through historical and contemporary research.  The students will learn techniques on how to generate new ideas and possible solutions and they will evaluate the importance of discovering and connecting new media and materials to their working processes.


Semester 2



Traditional and Contemporary Photography Practices

(60 credits)


The purpose of this module is to introduce students into the wide range of creative disciplines associated with photography exploration, new technologies and processes, as well as traditional methods. They will use studio and darkroom equipment, and they will learn how to relate conceptual development to final work production. Thus, at this module students will develop range of skills in traditional photography and will be introduced to new technologies, through experimentation with lighting, camera functions, in studio and outdoor as and developing darkroom productions. The module ends with the students’ first series of developed work, from the very beginning to the final presentation of their produced outcomes.

Level 5 HND

Year 2

Semester 3



Photography Techniques – Digital, Video and Sound Applications

(60 credits)


During the 3rd semester students will:

a. Learn how to use traditional tools and techniques of creating, together with digital applications, and they will be introduced to film production and sound.

b. They will also need to develop interdisciplinary collaboration and creative engagement through a mini project that will bring different field skills together from different art and design specializations. At this stage, students will identify their role in the creative industry, which will also be reflected in their personal practice by selecting and applying methods and techniques to own working practices.


Semester 4


Advanced Photography Practice – Image Manipulation  and Video  Production

(60 credits)


The final semester engages students in an extended study by developing an in-depth project that will allow them to establish their own identity as Photographer, Filmmaker and Cinematographer. They will learn the relationship between traditional camera photo-shooting / recordings and contemporary digital image manipulation, which will lead them to produce demonstrated images and Screen-based outcomes. This module aims to carry out a full project cycle, including iterative development, in depth research and multiple media testing, pursuing feedback for extended development. They will learn how to use design, video and sound software and they will create their own moving image production. At this stage, they also can expand their knowledge on industry requirements as they will be placed on an internship for a period. Work experience will prepare them for the transition from study to employment or to the next level/stage of study. They will have the opportunity to develop and expand their concept, participate in collaborative projects and competitions, analyze and make selections of media for their work development and conclude to final outcomes where they will present/ exhibit professionally to public or chosen audience.