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Higher Professional Diploma

 

Overview


The Higher Professional Diploma (HPD) is a two-year academic course  of a similar standard to a foundation degree in photography and is available to students worldwide.

The Scheme 

  • Is designed to meet the needs of high-achieving work-based full or part-time photographers.
  • Takes account of different patterns of work in the business of photography.
  • Comprises units which can be taken and accredited separately, assessed through centre-set assignments, to meet the needs of the individual.
  • Provides the opportunity to acquire professional and management skills, both in the craft of photography and in related business practices.
  • Includes a range of options to provide the opportunity for research and experimentation.
  • Encourages evaluation of the varied roles and skills in the photographic industry, enabling the photographer to plan and select an individual career pathway.
  • Is delivered through the internet by practising photographers and experienced lecturers in the form of tutorials supported by 'live' seminars. Candidates send work by email, and receive assessment, feedback and guidance in the same way. Candidates have unlimited email and telephone access to their personal tutor.

Who Is Eligible?

For full or part-time professional photographers working overseas there are no pre-set entry requirements other than a willingness to work and study, and a commitment to improve their skills and understanding of the business of photography. In order to be able to benefit fully from the course, we ask for a level of expertise which would enable the candidate to work at assistant photographer level. 

What are the Career Progression Opportunities?

The qualification will provide opportunities for candidates wishing to work in:

  • Advertising Photography
  • Corporate Photography (previously known as Industrial & Commercial Photography)
  • Medical/Scientific/Forensic Photography
  • Reportage and Photojournalism
  • Social and Portrait Photography
  • Fashion Photography
  • Specialist Photography (e.g. research, holography, etc)
  • Photographic Education
  • Management of Photographic Businesses/Units

What is the Course Duration

This is foundation degree level course, and as such, requires considerable study, research and practical photography. The expected course duration is two years' part-time study; only experienced workers (or perhaps those with previous qualifications up to NVQ Levels 3 or 4, or BTec HND) could complete the work in less than that. Students should expect to put up to eight hours per month aside for academic study in addition to practical photography.

There is no upper time limit for completion of the course.

When Does the Course Start?

The course is roll-on, roll-off, so candidates can start the course at any time. Being an online course, PPTutor-Online does not adhere to normal college terms, the working year being one of 46 weeks.

How is the Course Organised?

Regular Tutorials

Regular Tutorials, published on the course website and available only to registered students via a password, are accompanied by assignments, usually on a monthly basis. The tutorials give instruction and guidance related to one or more of the 4448 units, and offer references and research sources, often through website hot links. Assignments are targeted not only at relevant units, but also at individual students' specialisations, so that those, for instance specialising in wedding and portrait work, are not expected to carry out assignments in a different sphere of photography.

Set Deadlines

At the time of issuing of the assignments, a deadline is set, and assessment outcomes are specified so that students know exactly what is required.

Constructive Feedback

Student responses to assignments are assessed, a mark is awarded, and constructive feedback is given online, usually within 48 hours of the the tutor receiving the student's work. An action plan is included in the tutor's response, offering guidance regarding future work, research and, where appropriate, work experience.

Monitoring assessments

At the end of each three-month period, a monitoring assessment is carried out and a quarterly action plan formulated, so that students are always aware of their individual situation regarding the course objectives.

Qualified Assessors

Assessment is always carried out by qualified assessors; their work is checked by an 'Internal Moderator', with the course as a whole being examined continuously by a City & Guilds-appointed independent External Moderator. This sequence ensures the highest standards of quality control throughout the delivery of the course and the assessment of students' progress. It also ensures that, should any student find themselves in disagreement with the tutors (on a matter of assessment, for instance), the Internal and External Moderators provide an independent appeal and arbitration process.
As students gather a body of work and build their folio throughout the course, their contribution towards the completion of the Units is monitored, and any gaps filled with specially-written assignments, until all the course requirements are met, and certification requested through the normal City & Guilds channels.

Assignments

 

Students complete ten units as follows:

 

TUTORIALS

 

BLOCK A

 

 

 

Unit 1

Photographic Image Creation

Either

Unit 2

Image Management; contemporary

Or

Unit 3

Image Management; new technology

 

Unit 4

Visual Studies and Photographic Techniques

 

Unit 5

Unit 6

Business Planning for Photo Imaging (double unit)

Photographic Design and Reproduction

BLOCK B

 

Two units from the following

 

Unit 7

Scientific and Photographic Technical Imaging

 

Unit 8

Photographic Studio Imaging

 

Unit 9

Photographic Location Imaging

BLOCK C

 

Four units from the following

 

Unit 15

Photographic Fine Art Imnaging

 

Unit 16

Photography for Advertising

 

Unit 17

Fashion Photography

 

Unit 18

Editorial, Press and Public Relations Photography

 

Unit 19

Portraiture and Social Photography

 

Unit 20

Corporate (Industrial and Commercial) Photography

 

Unit 22

Specialist Darkroom Practices

 

Unit 23

Contextual Studies in Photo Imaging

 

Unit 24

Assessment and Training in Photography Business

 

Unit 26

Personal and Professional Development

 

Course Tutorials are published in PDF format and are exclusive to this site - copyright PPTutor-Online, with access restricted to registered students. Students are given a password to unlock the course materials but registered students currently without internet access will receive them as hard copy. 

 

NON-MANDATORY UNITS 

Descriptions as per City and Guilds Guidance Notes

Unit 7 - Scientific and Photographic Technical Imaging

This unit is an introduction to the basic skills and techniques used in the recording of scientific, medical and technical processes and procedures. As a scientific photographer, the candidate may be asked to record images to assist the analysis of these and to extract data to provide information about the subject rather than the process. To facilitate this, the candidate must be able to communicate with scientists and subject experts and understand their specialist vocabularies. They must also be able to design image recording situations to the best advantage for subsequent data extraction and evaluation.

During the study of this unit, candidates will explore the limits of human perception and the recording role of photographic and digital systems. Candidates will apply scientific methods in the design of experiments and use spectral recording in the visible, infra-red ultraviolet bands together with close-up photography and photomacrography. There will be an opportunity for candidates to demonstrate photography through the microscope and other scientific applications such as precision copying and lens testing procedures. Candidates will also explore optical systems for wide-angle, panoramic and telephoto recording and the methodology relating to motion and change using high-speed photography, time-lapse techniques and Photogrammetry.

Unit 8 - Photographic Studio Imaging 

This unit is about developing skills and understanding of the techniques needed to work effectively in a controlled studio environment.

The candidate will be called upon to demonstrate skills in the studio to senior practitioner /manager level in order to raise the standards of studio work in the organisation in which they work. The candidates will work to the client brief and demonstrate interpersonal skills in dealing with clients and colleagues.

In this unit there is an opportunity to consider healthy and safe working practices, as well as how moral, ethical, social and environmental issues affect people working at senior/manager level in the photographic, or imaging and relating industries.

Unit 9 - Photographic Location Imaging

This unit is about developing skills and understanding of the techniques of working in the uncontrolled location environment. The candidate will be called upon to demonstrate skills at senior practitioner /manager level in order to raise the standards of location work in the organisation in which they work. The candidates will work to the client brief and demonstrate interpersonal skills in dealing with clients and colleagues.

In this unit they will have the opportunity to consider healthy and safe working practices, as well as how moral, ethical, social and environmental issues affect people working at senior/manager level in the photographic and related industries.

Unit 15 - Photographic Fine Art Imaging

This unit is an opportunity to use and develop skills for the development of self-expression and personal statement through the production of photographic works by traditional and digital methods.

The unit aims to enable the candidate to:

  • Research and develop research methodology to underpin the creative process
  • Develop concepts that explore issues of self, society, environment and/or cultural issues
  • Investigate a range of creative approaches in the realisation of ideas and concepts
  • Produce a body of creative individual work
  • Develop and combine two and three-dimensional presentation formats.

Unit 16 - Photography for Advertising

This unit is about developing skills and understanding of the techniques in photography for advertising.

The candidate will be called upon to demonstrate skills in the studio and on location to senior practitioner/manager level in order to raise the standards of photography for advertising in the organisation in which they work. The candidates will work to the client brief and demonstrate interpersonal skills in dealing with clients and colleagues in the world of advertising and publicity.

In this unit, candidates will have the opportunity to consider healthy and safe working practices as well as how moral, ethical, social and environmental issues affect people working at senior/ manager level in the photographic and related industries.

Unit 17 - Fashion Photography 

This unit is about developing the creative skills and knowledge of fashion photography. As a senior member of staff, you are likely to be called upon to advise customers on the most eye-catching solution to a fashion photography project and to deliver it solution to the highest possible quality. In the process you will develop and implement innovative techniques designed to raise the overall standards of the business in which you work.

In this unit you will have the opportunity to consider the importance of health and safety issues as it affects the comfort and security of models of all ages, as well as the impact of location choice, weather conditions and planning on the success a fashion photography project.

Unit 18 - Editorial, Press and Public Relations Photography

This unit is about developing the creative skills and knowledge of PR and press photography. As a senior member of staff, the candidate is likely to be called upon to manage a wide variety of PR and press photographic assignments and to deliver them to the highest possible quality. In the process the candidate will develop and implement innovative techniques and approaches designed to raise the overall standards of the business in which they work.

In this unit the candidate will have the opportunity to consider the importance of health and safety issues in various locations, legislation affecting the photography of minors, the need for accurate information about people photographed for subsequent caption writing, as well as the impact of location, weather conditions and planning on the success of PR and press photography projects.

Unit 19 - Portraiture and Social Photography

  • This unit will be useful in candidates' personal development within this specialist field of photographic practice.
  • The candidate will be expected to demonstrate a high level of professional photographic practice skills and make specific judgmental decisions in a range of circumstances, both business promotion, management and operational skills.
  • On completion of the unit, it is expected that the candidate will have gained experience in a broad range of skills and will be able to apply such skills supported by the underpinning knowledge required for success
  • ful management of the social photography business.

Unit 20 - Corporate (Industrial and Commercial) Photography 

  •  This unit is about developing skills and understanding of the techniques of working in the uncontrolled industrial and commercial environment, both in the studio and on location.
  • The candidate will be called upon to demonstrate skills in industrial commercial photography to senior practitioner/manager level in order to raise the standards of industrial and commercial photography in the organisation in which they work.
  • The candidate will work to the client brief and demonstrate interpersonal skills in dealing with clients and colleagues.
  • In this unit, there is the opportunity to consider healthy and safe working practices, as well as how moral, ethical, social and environmental issues affect people working at senior practitioner/ manager level in the photographic and related industries. 

Unit 22 - Specialist Darkroom Practices

  • This unit is about developing and practising creative skills and knowledge in a specialist darkroom. As a senior member of staff, the candidate is likely to be called upon to advise customers on the best darkroom practice to use and to deliver to solution to the highest possible quality. In the process, the candidate will develop and implement innovative techniques designed to raise the overall standards and scope of the business.
  • In this unit the candidate will have the opportunity to consider the importance of health and safety issues as it affects darkroom practices, as well as the benefit of good communication and planning on the success of darkroom projects.

 Unit 23 - Contextual Studies in Photo Imaging

  • This unit enables candidates to examine in depth the history of photographic research, invention and application in the context of history of social change. The study can be seen as a marketing tool enabling the candidate to identify potential routes of visual innovation within his or her selected application.

Unit 24 - Assessment and Training in Photography Businesses 

  • This unit will serve as an awareness raiser to the practice and procedures of modern business, by encouraging the candidate to research and adopt systems and outside the photographic industry.
  • The requirements for successful unit completion will include a demonstration and appreciation of the normal requirements of business planning, employment law (contracts and job descriptions), interview, staff selection, staff training, assessing skills and e-commerce. The unit should direct the candidate towards research and the evaluation of acquired information, in order to make policy decisions to achieve business success and general projected aims 
  • Training and assessment should be a major feature in the unit and should demonstrate the practical ability of the candidate to interview and, by initial assessment methods, select staff. In addition, the candidate should carry out training in specific skills and finally make an objective assessment of the trainee, giving feedback on the trainees' success.

Unit 26 - Personal and Professional Development 

  • This unit is aimed at the development of the visual skills required by an illustrative photographer. It is expected that the candidate will demonstrate a high level of technical skills to support the visual recording process. The candidate will show an aptitude for developing an innovative approach to silver-based as well as digital image making through the unit.

  • The work of the illustrative photographer has grown to include a broad range of applications, and this range should be explored using a considerable range of skills including conceptualisation, camera, darkroom and lighting, and other areas related to professional practice.

  • In this unit the candidate will consider the application of the photographic images in the current market and show extensive research and application for their images. Where possible they should develop and demonstrate a stylised approach to the final images, using both silver and digital or a combination of both, and with the combination of creative and design elements, where experimentation should be encouraged.