You will need a level 3 qualification in a relevant subject area and 4 GCSE A*-C, including English and maths at grade C or above.
You will hone your skills as a photographer by using camera controls, for a wide range of different circumstances. These range from low light, long exposure, through to high end fashion and portrait. You will learn how to adapt a continually growing skill set to the surroundings that we face as photographers. You will also learn how to work in employment as a photographer and will include how to market yourself, how to fulfil briefs, and how to take your expanding photographic skillset and apply it to a range of different industry requirements. You will demonstrate and develop both studio and location skills.
Who is the course suitable for?
If you are interested or passionate about photography, and want to develop skills that will enhance your photography and direct you within industry perspectives, then yes.
Strong developmental element that takes your photographic skills forward in way that is personal to each student. There are also opportunities to work with the strong industry links that we have, in order to gain work experience, and further your skills and portfolio. There are also trips and days out where the students can bond and interact as well as use the opportunity to shoot for your various projects. We have strong links with industry including BBC 3 Counties radio. I like the independence and the freedom to do my own thing, I also think that the support and constructive criticism has allowed my work to move forward and definitely look better. we get a good chance to learn new techniques and cover a range of elements within photography like fashion, long exposure, etc. The course is run by an award winning and working photographer who keeps on top of contemporary trends, and passes this insight on to the students.
How will the course be taught?
Through hands on, practical sessions exploring further the use of camera functions, and shooting methods and through continual feedback and direction to take images from good to great. At this level there is a real emphasis is on industry within each unit and you will have networking opportunities to enhance your learning by working with employers that we have good relationships with including BBC 3 Counties Radio. Your skills will be used when on location and for studio shoots. You will work to live briefs from real clients and hone your skills through a wide range of projects.
How will I know how well I am doing?
Through a range of on-going feedback techniques to enhance and reflect upon skill base. These include regular 1-1 feedback sessions to assess the work, and determine a route personal to you, that will aid development. Assessment will take place both as an on-going process, as well as a formative review at the end of each unit/brief.
Are there any additional costs?
Students do not have to provide their own camera, but as the course develops students usually wish to purchase their own DSLR camera, and it is common that students enhance their work with additional costumes and props and trips will require student contributions. There will also be costs involved for excursions and overseas residential trip.
What course can I do next?
Progression from the HNC is into the second year HND in Photography. The final top up year can be completed at a university. A career in the Photographic industry may also start after completion of the Level three course.
Where can I get further support / advice?
Contact the college on 01582 477 776 or go to our website: www.centralbeds.ac.uk
How do I join the course?
Apply through our website: www.centralbeds.ac.uk. You will be invited to a telephone or face to face interview and given advice about the UCAS application process.
£4000 per year