Course Info

Art and Design
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Useful Information

  • Mode of study:

    Full Time

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    1 year

  • Start date:

    September 2021

  • Awarding/validation body:



Course Overview

The HNC in Art and Design offers you an introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning, and within general pathways. Pathways include 3D Design, Fashion & Textiles, Photography, Graphic Design, Digital Design, Art Practice (note not all pathways may be available, please enquire at time of application).

Graduates successfully completing this course will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of Art and Design. You will be able to communicate accurately and appropriately and you will have the qualities needed for employment that requires some degree of personal responsibility. Graduates will have developed a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, independent initiatives, organisational competence and problem-solving strategies. They will be adaptable and flexible in their approach to Art and Design, show resilience under pressure, and meet challenging targets within a given resource.

Course Highlights

Students will study 8 units in total made up of four core, three specialist and one optional unit. The four core units are:

  • Professional Development
  • Contextual Studies
  • Individual Project (Pearson-set)
  • Techniques & Processes.

Depending on the ‘specialist pathway’, students will undertake a further three specialist units (related to their Level 4 Pathway) from:

  • Materials & Structures
  • 3D Practices
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Pattern Cutting & Garment Making
  • Fashion & Textiles Practices
  • Lighting for Photography
  • Photographic Practices
  • Screen-based Practices
  • Typography
  • Graphic Design Practices
  • Digital Design Practices
  • Media Practices
  • Material Practices
  • Art/Craft Production.

In addition, you will also have a further unit to choose from, depending on your pathway, it may include Packaging Design, Fashion Accessories, Printmaking, Darkroom Techniques, Communication in Art & Design or Surveying & Measuring.

Career Opportunities & Further Study

If you seek a career in the creative industries, including Graphic Design, Photography, Fashion, Textiles or Arts Practice, this course forms the stepping stone into the creative arts world. It will also prepare you for further study leading to Level 5 specialist pathways. From here you will be able to enter many degree programmes at university.


Students will be assessed using a wide range of assessment techniques which can include the production of an artefact or portfolio, academic graphic display, case studies, presentation, coursework, written report and a research project.

Entry Requirements

  • a BTEC Level 3 qualification in Art and Design
  • a GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject
  • other related Level 3 qualifications
  • an Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution
  • a BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
  • related work experience
  • an international equivalent of the above.

Additionally, students must evidence:

  • Level 2 English/Literacy or above
  • Level 2 Mathematic/Numeracy or above

International applicants must satisfy the minimum English requirements as published on the College website and updated periodically (currently IELTS 6.0 or equivalent with minimum 5.5 in each of the four components).

Mature students who do not meet the entry criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered on the basis of relevant work experience, passing the course entrance assessment (if deemed necessary by the course tutor) and successful interview.

How To Apply

Use the below link to apply for the above course.