Photography (HND)

the United Kingdom

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About Photography at University of Kent

Designed and taught by practising photographers, academics and artists, this programme provides a rich and diverse experience.  A range of transferable skills are embedded within the programme and there is a strong emphasis on professional development to equip you for employment.  The programme provides you with the opportunity to develop skills in the following areas: - A wide range of traditional processes and techniques along with medium and large format photography - Use of specialist software widely used in the industry, such as Photoshop and In Design - Digital colour management as used in a professional context and various post-production techniques - Studio and location photography using electronic flash - Video – Premier Pro and moving image capture - Design – you will be asked to produce books, page layouts and other promotional material.

Your work will be assessed continuously throughout the course. This occurs via critiquing sessions, presentations and a formal assessment at the end of each module. There are no timed examinations for this programme. Practical workshops, lectures and seminars are a key feature of higher level study and you will be expected to attend and participate in these activities. You will be given ongoing, regular feedback to assist your decision-making and to support the direction of your work. Regular attendance is essential so that a good design dialogue can be maintained as this forms the basis of the design process. This largely occurs through one-to-one meetings. You will keep a record of your research and development as these underpin the journey taken to arrive at the final outcomes.

Knowledge and understanding

You gain a knowledge and understanding of the following:

  • The historical evolution of art, design, photography and related media and genres such as film and video. 
  • The significance of the works of other photographers, artists and designers.
  • Visual communication and the use of visual language.
  • The application of appropriate methodologies to critical analysis and ideas development.
  • Research methods and synthesis and the appropriate presentation of findings and analysis. 
  • Professional photographic materials, techniques, processes and materials and their application within a range of creative contexts.
  • Historic and contemporary forms, processes and techniques and how these might be challenged or advanced.
  • The implications and potential of key developments in current and emerging media and technologies.
  • The relationship between photographic techniques and processes and different aesthetic effects and experiences.
  • Contemporary professional practice and the relationship of photographers with audiences, clients and consumers.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the role and impact of intellectual property within photography and creative practice.
  • The contexts and concepts relating to photography and its place within contemporary visual culture together with the development of critical theory and its application within contemporary photographic practice

Intellectual Skills

You gain the following intellectual skills:

  • The synthesis of ideas and concepts from the work of others and from historical, cultural and contextual references.
  • The generation, development and evaluation of ideas in response to themes or tasks. 
  • The use of appropriate techniques and conventions to visually represent a range of objective and subjective information, meanings and messages.
  • The effective articulation of knowledge, understanding, attributes and skills in the contexts of professional practice, further study, research and personal development.
  • The undertaking of effective self-directed research using appropriate resources and methods.
  • The visual, oral and written presentation of ideas and concepts.
  • The interpretation, articulation and analysis of ideas and information through the use of visual language.
  • The critical analysis and evaluation of the work of themselves and others.
  • The demonstration of critical thinking and analysis skills through the presentation of arguments and conclusion.

Subject-specific skills

You gain the following subject-specific skills:

  • The effective generation of ideas, concepts, proposals and solutions independently in response to briefs as self-initiated and collaborative work.
  • Employ both convergent and divergent thinking in the processes of observation and visualisation.
  • The use of visual language within photography through the ability to use techniques and materials in an intuitive way to convey intended meanings and messages.
  • The application of appropriate technical and practical skills relating to a broad range of photographic techniques for studio and location work.
  • The effective demonstration of professional practice and presentation skills.
  • The selection, testing and use of appropriate materials, processes, techniques and environments with an understanding of ideas of quality.
  • The application of ethics, resourcefulness and entrepreneurial skills in support of their own professional practice.

Transferable skills

You gain the following transferable skills:

  • Self-development – the ability to manage own roles, responsibilities and ethical applications; to study independently; to manage own time in achieving objectives; to undertake personal and career development; to transfer skills gained to new and changing situations and contexts; to identify personal strengths and needs. 
  • Collaboration – the ability to relate to and interact effectively with individuals and groups; to work effectively as a team member; to undertake collective endeavour and negotiation; to accurately define and review the work of others; to treat others values, beliefs and opinions with respect. 
  • Communication – the ability to organise, analyse and evaluate information effectively; to articulate ideas and information effectively in visual, oral and written forms; to present ideas and work to audiences in a range of situations. 
  • Management – the ability to select and use a variety of information sources; to identify and solve a range of routine and non-routine problems; to work within given time frames and deadlines; to self-identify professional development, entrepreneurial and enterprise opportunities.
  • Technology – the ability to research, source, navigate, use, select, receive, evaluate and respond to a variety of information from a variety of sources; to select and use a range of technological equipment and systems; to select and effectively employ appropriate communication and information technologies. 
  • Creativity – the ability to apply a range of skills and techniques to develop a variety of ideas in the creation of new/modified and potentially innovative photographic solutions; to use a range of thought processes to identify and define intellectual and practical tasks; to articulate reasoned arguments through reflection, review and evaluation.
  • Flexibility – to develop skills of perseverance, openness, empathy, citizenship and adaptability in the face of emerging creative problems, issues and contexts.

The programme aims to:

  • Widen participation in Higher Education by providing opportunities for students to gain a HND/C in Photography.
  • Support and encourage learners to develop their artistic, professional and personal approach to the subject through the provision of high quality teaching, guidance and learning within a creatively stimulating and well-resourced environment.
  • Offer opportunities to capable learners, regardless of culture, background, learning difficulties or disability, to develop academically and creatively within the medium.
  • Increase learners’ knowledge of photography with regard to historical and contemporary issues and contexts so as to provide an intellectual basis for the understanding of attitudes, issues and debates within contemporary visual culture.
  • Encourage independent learning and the ability to begin to work in an autonomous and professional manner.
  • Enable learners to understand photography’s place within visual culture and facilitate their ability to place their own work in an appropriate context. Produce achievers who have an intellectual understanding of the structures and institutions of photographic practice and who are equipped with a range of knowledge, skills and techniques to carry the practice of photography forward both professionally and with regard to further study and research.

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