Photography HNC

Course code 146W

What is special about this course?

The HNC Photography is designed for creative practitioners who want to build a solid technical and theoretical foundation in the field of contemporary photography, and/or prepare for further academic study.

You will study a range different genres such as portraiture, environment, still life, and documentary practice, whilst generating an extended portfolio by working through a variety of photographic disciplines.

The course enables you to develop a visual practice of  digital and analogue technologies along with learning a range of photo editing skills. 

We offer specialist printing facilities along with an exhibition module and opportunities to present your work to the public. 

Special features

  • Delivered with a full or part time pathway, you can study largely in your home region and will gain a strong foundation in a range of photographic genres
  • You will be encouraged to develop a personal style and to collaborate with others

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above OR
  • 1 A level at grade D or above OR
  • NC Photography
  • We will consider individual competence in photographic-based skills, evidenced by a portfolio of at least ten photographs (this can be an electronic or paper-based folio) and you will be required to attend an interview
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements are encouraged to apply
  • You are required to have access to sufficient home studio space to control various lighting set ups, and will need a digital camera, tripod, speedlight, reflectors, filters, lens i.e. prime or zoom
  • You will also need access to computer facilities to support post production editing software

Year 1 - HNC

Units include:

  • Photographic theory
  • Image editing 
  • Portraiture 
  • Studio still life
  • Corporate
  • Social portraiture
  • Philosophical aesthetics 
  • Documentary
  • Environment
  • Graded unit
  • Exhibition

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will learn through a combination of in person practical residencies along with structured weekly study in your own location via a combination of video conference lectures and tutorials. Further online and self-directed study is via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), and recommended reading.

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time (structured): 2 years

Where can I study my course?

  • West Highland - Broadford

Start date

  • September

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2021-222022-23
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2021-222022-23
Full-time per year £6,915 £7,110
Part-time (per HN credit) £461 £474

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2021-222022-23
Full-time per year £7,230 £7,440
Part-time (per HN credit) £482 £496

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

Additional costs

  • You will require a DSLR camera and lenses and will also be required to purchase several A4 journals (approx. £5 to £10 each) and all other sundry stationery, USB drives, memory cards and other small photographic accessories
  • The purchase of several key texts will also be required costing approximately £60
  • You will be expected to purchase professional photographic prints of your work through laboratories such as Peak Imaging and Loxley. The estimated total print cost for year one is £70 and in year two, £100. These costs will be spread over the academic year
  • There are three compulsory residencies each year and you will be required to self-fund any travel to the residencies and cover accommodation and subsistence costs

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of the course you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills required to become a freelance photographer, working in a broad range of photographic genres and disciplines, as well as being an able candidate for photographic jobs in business.

Can I progress into further study?

You may be able to progress to the second year of an HND in Photography at another institution. In some cases, particularly in the case of mature students, successful completion of the HNC with an overall distinction profile and a first-class portfolio to match, could lead to entry to a BA in Photography.

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One of the best bits about the course was being able to meet with my classmates and bounce ideas off each other. The whole experience was so helpful and continues to inspire and encourage me on my creative journey.

Since completing the Higher and HNC Photography courses, I have greatly expanded both my knowledge, technical skills and my passion for photography. I have already completed some paid photography work, which I would never have dreamt was possible before I started this course.

I highly recommend this path to anyone who is considering a career in photography and wants to learn a broad range of theoretical, practical and technical skills. I'm excited to see what the future holds!

Andrea Sheedy Brown completed our HNC Photography at UHI West Highland.

Apply for Photography HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2022

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.