HNC in Art and Design

Qualification: BTEC HNC
Level 4

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About the course

This is a practical course that would particularly benefit those with a desire to work in the creative arts industry or are currently working within the profession. It will provide you with a range of creative experiences and will enable you to experiment and develop skills in drawing, painting, textiles, fashion, photography, printing, graphics and sculpture/3D methods. Each year ends with a professional art exhibition where you can showcase your work to the public, local employers and higher education institutions.

You will be required to attend college on Tuesday's 9:30am – 5pm and Wednesday's – 10am – 1pm.

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What you will learn

You will be supported in developing a highly individual, ideas based portfolio, pursuing your own specialist interests including theory, materials and techniques.

Units include:

  • Digital media 
  • Lens-based recording techniques 
  • Ideas generation and development
  • Site-specific fine art
  • Communication with images in art and design
  • Traditional and experimental materials, processes and techniques
  • Exhibition of art work
  • Visual communication in art and design
  • Ideas generation and development in art and design
  • Contextual studies, art theory and cultural referencing in art and design
  • Professional practice in art and design
  • Well equipped art studios
  • Large and fully equipped photography studio
  • Photography dark room
  • Suite of Apple Macs
  • Gallery exhibition space
Entry requirements
  • Level 3 qualification in art, design, photography, media or other relevant subject (ideally a foundation or extended diploma) and
  • 5 GCSEs grade A*-C/9-4 (including English and maths) and 1 A-Level in a creative subject
  • Mature students through interview, portfolio and a literacy and numeracy test
  • Portfolio of work to be presented at interview

You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto this course.

Dates, times & fees
Start Date Course Times Duration Campus Fees
12/09/17 09.30 - 17.00 (Tue) & 10.00 - 13.00 (Wed) 1 year Main £3750* Eligible for Higher Education Loan
What next?
  • HND in Art & Design
  • Freelance work
  • Work in graphic design, illustration, fine art, fashion, textiles, 3D design, interior design, animation, art history, digital media, curatorship, art journalism or teaching