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  • 100%

    of our HNC / HND students progressed to employment or further study

    Destination data, academic year 2016/17 (HNC 19+ students)

  • Highly qualified and experienced staff

Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 1 Year 4 Full-Time Bede Campus University Level Qualification
September 2 Years 4 Full-Time Bede Campus University Level Qualification

What’s it all about?

Throughout this course you will have the opportunity to work in a variety of exciting specialisms including painting and drawing, sculpture, photography and digital media.

You will also develop your own portfolio and take part in an exhibition of your own work.

A minimum of 48 UCAS points or extensive, relevant work experience. At least a level 2 qualification in English and maths is preferred.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ 5999.00 *subject to change You will need to provide your own stationery and some of your own art materials. You could purchase books from the recommended reading list, however they are available to borrow from the college’s Learning Centre. You could have the opportunity to take part in relevant trips though none are mandatory.

You will learn through a range of lectures, seminars, workshops, individual tutorials, exhibition and gallery visits and self-directed study. You will be assessed on practical course work, sketchbooks and presentations.

Please note that some lectures and lessons may take place remotely online whilst practical lessons will continue to take place in specialist classrooms.

This course is for those with a passion for art and looking for a potential future career in the visual arts sector. 

The core units are:

Year 1 HNC Art & Design:

Professional Development - The aim of this unit is for students to begin to define areas for personal professional development, in the context of a growing awareness of the broad scope of the creative industries.

Contextual Studies - 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. Emphasis will be placed upon developing a broad knowledge of art and design contexts, considering the technological, economic, social and aesthetic causes which have, and continue to, inform our understanding of art and design within the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Individual Project - This unit is designed to develop the skills to apply creative practice in response to a theme and topics set by Pearson. Students will carry out and apply the knowledge and skills, developed through other areas of their studies, to complete and present an individual project. Wherever possible the unit will simulate working studio conditions, which will enhance and develop professional industry skills and practice.

Techniques & 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.

Media Practices - This unit requires students to select appropriate media practices to utilise alongside or within their chosen discipline. Whether this be the selection of audio/visual materials to enhance a graphic design piece or webpage, or the use of audio within an art installation or fashion show, this unit will allow students to apply research, planning and application of a chosen media practice. In order to correctly utilise and apply media practices, students will need to consider the purpose and outcomes of the medium they have selected and be able to apply these practices appropriately to their work.

Material Practices - This unit encourages students to explore materials and form with a view to developing individual approaches to material practice. There is an emphasis on the development of a clear process and testing, through experimentation, to identify potential for future development.

Year 2 - HND Art & Design

Professional Practice - The aim of this unit is to support students in making the transition from study to employment or freelance work. In previous study (Unit 1: Professional Development), students explored the broad areas of personal and professional development and preparing for employment. Building upon this, students will now apply their skills and knowledge to the development of a strategy for their future career, whether in employment or self-employment.

Collaborative Practice - This unit is designed to develop interdisciplinary collaboration and creative engagement through a project that brings together different skills from across the creative industries. Based on a Pearson-set theme, students will develop (in negotiation with tutors) their own direction for the project.

Advance Art Practice - This unit aims to extend students’ awareness and engagement with art practices, and provide an overview of different approaches whilst challenging students to consider different contexts, environments and means of communication.


What’s next?

On the HNC you could progress to the second year of the HND Art, from the HND you could progress to university to top up to a full degree on a related art subject.

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