Photography and Moving Image


1 year


Rush Green


Sep 2022


Adult 19+
Higher Education



The Certificate Higher Education Photography & Moving Image programme will offer a unique and modern curriculum in still and moving image.

The industry is in a constant flux of movement both as a result of technological advancements and the way the world is adapting to Covid-19. The programme will prepare you for an exciting and progressive global career in still and moving image, print and online, and the demands for a greater user experience through storytelling and narrative. The course will introduce you to the emerging technology of Extended Reality, one of the ways the industry is moving towards a more experiential and participatory experience across media platforms.

We are experiencing an ever-increasing synergy between stills and moving image photography. Whilst film in the cinematographic context will remain an area of expertise within a film and television industry orbit, the shift to digital platforms of communication and dissemination has and will keep blurring the line between stills photography and ‘moving image’ the later denoting a myriad of formats of short form video content.

From documentary and news photography to commercial, fashion and art production the ability to cross over once separate fields is now a mainstay and is only going to increase with the changes taking place in the way we disseminate and consume communications.

A graduates’ ability to adapt and to an increasingly changing workplace is key. Being able to combine skills, having the language and basic knowledge to communicate and collaborate with professionals in related disciplines and cross-over into other areas of image making such as graphic design, web-design, film, editing and post-production will increase students’ success in this dynamic field.

The programme is run by experienced academic staff who are also practicing in the industry. It will be supported by a programme of visiting guest lectures, workshops and collaborations. The programme will encourage a multi-disciplinary approach to creative learning, working across all disciplines in the college and externally.

Trips and visits to practitioners, institutions and creative outlets will engage students with what’s going on in the industry and will provide links for networking, collaboration and work experience opportunities.

This is a progressive programme, providing students with opportunities to develop personal lines of enquiry, take risks, make mistakes, and to learn to be adaptable to change through resilience and a high work ethic. This is a very exciting time in the industry and this curriculum will provide students with the platform to engage and grow into the practitioners of tomorrow.

Download the full programme specification for this course

Follow us on Instagram to see the work of our Photography staff and students here at BDC.

On the Cert HE we will be covering the below modules validated by the UEL.

The modules delivered are:

  • Contextual Studies
  • Practice
  • Experimentation and Application 1A
  • Experimentation and Application 1B
  • Research into Practice
  • Professional Life (Mental Wealth)

We will be covering a range of technical skills and all students will have access to the below facilities and equipment.

Our outstanding facilities include:

  • Double Height Photography Studio with Infinity Cove with Profoto lighting
  • Medium Format Digital Camera’s, and a whole range of digital and analogue cameras and accessories
  • Capture One Pro Tethered Capture
  • Photographic Store with equipment loans
  • Technician Support
  • Post-Production Facilities
  • In-House C41 Colour Film Processing
  • B&W and Colour Photographic Darkrooms
  • Photography Library
  • Film Studio Film
  • Editing Suites
  • Sound Editing Suites
  • Green Room

Cert HE Photography

  • 96 UCAS points
  • BTEC Extended Diploma / Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level and must include Maths at Higher Level
  • Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3.
  • normally expect students to have Grade 4 or equivalent in GCSE English and Maths
  • Mature entry with APL
  • If you haven't got these you can still apply if you have a strong portfolio of work or relevant work experience. Ideally you'll also have GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 (Grade C) or above. At interview you'll need to show your portfolio.

David Bennett graduated from the photography programme at West Surrey College of Art & Design Farnham (now University for the Creative Arts) in the 1990s under Peter Hall. Since then he has published and exhibited in London and New York City, and his editorial clients include TANK Magazine, Art Review and ELLE. David is founder and editor-in-chief of PpR Journal, the magazine of Contemporary Culture, Fashion, and Dress.

Work includes real 'live' photography briefs for internal and external clients, giving you experience of working in the industry.

You'll be in contact with photographers, filmmakers and other leading creatives working today through talks and workshops, work placements and internships.

There are excellent opportunities to progress between Levels 4 and 5 at BDC, UEL or another HEI, and students will have the opportunity to progress to Level 6 to gain a BA (Hons) Photography at UEL (after successfully completing levels 4&5).

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Apply for this course on UCAS

The UCAS code for this course is W512. You will need to reference this code on the UCAS website when you submit your application.

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Where it can lead to

There are number of routes you can take following successful completion of a course. Further study can include Higher Education courses or a Higher Apprenticeship where you will expand your skills through study whilst earning a wage. Or you may choose to move directly into employment.

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