COURSE FEATURE: Photography at The University Centre

22 May 2020

The art of photography comes down to so much more than just pressing a button; it’s a form of creativity, a technical skill, a universal language and as a result can to lead to a lucrative and boundless career.

At the University Centre, we take students on a creative journey. The Photography HNC/HND course provides an introduction into a wide range of photographical disciplines, allowing you to enter whichever aspect of the photography industry you wish.

During the course, you will concentrate on a number of different elements of photography. These include: studio photography, lighting in photography, photographic processes and darkroom practice. The broad variety of modules will help you discover which area of photography you are particularly passionate about and we will offer the career guidance you need to pursue that passion professionally.

The creative industries are always changing; in response to development in technology, social change and cultural conditions. These, in turn, have an effect on the professions and roles that are required within the industries. Through studying photography, students will explore the development of the professions within the creative industries and the roles that make up those professions.

Over your time at The University Centre, you will cover a variety of modules such as:

  • Professional Development – As creative practitioners it is important to schedule time, both to reflect and plan for personal development needs. This can help those working in creative industries to find inspiration and innovate, as well as prepare for external factors, such as keeping up with trends and new developments in photography.
  • Contextual Studies – Contextual Studies provides an historical, cultural and theoretical framework to allow us to make sense of art and design, as well as to consider how they may help us to understand the wider world.This unit is designed to introduce students to key cultural developments, practices and movements related to the history of art, design, visual and popular culture since 1900.
  • Individual Project – Within the broad context of the creative industries there are many separate disciplines/specialisms. The main purpose of this unit is to provide students with the opportunity to discover personal strengths and inform independent practice. This unit is designed to develop the skills to apply creative practice in response to a theme and topics set by Pearson.
  • Techniques and Processes – Through this unit students will explore the critical facets of art and design practice that will enable any project. Through the development of skills associated with brief analysis and writing, research, experimentation an testing, and presentation students will begin the process of establishing the grounding for future development of their own practice and further their study.
  • Lighting for Photography – Lighting is a key factor in creating a successful photographic image, and determines the brightness, tone, mood and atmosphere of a picture. Therefore, it is necessary to control and manipulate light correctly in order to get the best texture, vibrancy of colour and luminosity on your subjects. By the end of this unit students will be able to plan and consider set lighting techniques needed either in the studio or on location for multiple genres.
  • Photographic Practices – This exploration will allow students to enhance their visual language and realise their creative potential, and will encourage the development of transferable skills across photographic genres.
  • Darkroom Techniques – This unit aims to equip students with skills, knowledge and understanding to create and manipulate analogue black and white images in the darkroom. On successful completion of this unit, students will have knowledge of traditional analogue skills and darkroom techniques, and will have produced a portfolio of prints within a wet lab environment.
  • Communication in Art and Design – This unit aims to support students in exploring communications techniques and methodologies relevant to photography.

Upon successful completion of the HNC, students will be able to progress onto the HND in Photography for a further one year of study.

If you would like more information about studying Photography at The University Centre at Salford City College, then click here. Alternatively, call 0161 631 5050 to speak to one of our team.

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