Course Type / Attendance

Full Time, Higher Education

Subject Area

Art, Design & Media

Start Date

September and January

Course Length

2 Years




Adult, Higher Education



Course Level


Award to be received

HND Art and Design

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Who is this course for?

This programme gives you the opportunity to work in a variety of specialisms including, Painting & Drawing, Sculpture, Photography and Digital Media. Over the course of the two years you will develop a personal portfolio and also take part in an exhibition of your own work. In the second you will be directed towards how to best prepare for employment within the creative industries or how to take the next step into the final year of a full degree.  This course offers a much more personal experience with smaller class sizes than larger universities.

The course is intended for anyone with a passion for art and is looking for a potential future professional career in the visual arts sector. It is aimed at any student who wishes to develop their skills in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and photography.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You will need to have a minimum of 32 UCAS points to apply for the course.

A level 3 qualification such as A levels or BTEC in a creative subject.

Mature candidates will be considered without the formal qualifications, dependent upon their former experience and portfolio.

All applicants will need to attend an interview.  You should bring a portfolio and two sketchbooks containing examples of your current work.

Accreditation of prior learning

If you have achieved a qualification such as a HNC, or have gained credit at another higher education provider, you may be able to enter the course at level 5. For further information please contact the College’s admissions team on

What are the key things you'll learn?

At Level 4 students develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of  the creative industries

sector through four core units, which includes one unit assessed through a Pearson set assignment. The core units are:

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


Depending on the ‘specialist pathway’, at Level 4, 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
    Graphic Design Practices
    Digital Design Practices
    Media Practices
    Material Practices
    Art/Craft Production

The Level 5 BTEC Higher National Diploma we offer the specialist pathway ‘Art Practice’ for students who wish to concentrate on this particular aspect of Art and Design.  The Units selected will improve your knowledge, skills and understanding of ‘Art Practice’ and contribute to an enhanced portfolio of artwork.


Timetables are normally available at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.

How you will learn


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.


Independent learning

When not attending lectures you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research, preparing coursework assignment and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of facilities including the learning centre.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 15 hours’ independent learning and assignment activity.

Academic Support

Our HE Academic Support Tutor provides help in the following areas:

  • Study skills (including reading, writing, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills (in conjunction with the learning centres)
  • Critical thinking and understanding arguments
  • Revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management)

Teaching Staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the units on the course. The team includes senior lecturers and professional practitioners with industry experience. The Current team includes: Course Leader – Lee Guthrie: Specialising in Sculpture and Digital Art. Lecturers – Anne Brady: Specialising in Public Art & Design Practice. Hollie Marshall: Specialising in Fine Art Practice and Video Installation. Our teaching is informed by the relevant practice within the sector and all of our lecturers have a teaching qualification.


The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment for each unit. The grades from formal assessment count towards your module mark.

Where could this course take you?

Following completion of the HND at level 5 you may then opt to progress to a BA (Hons) Top-up degree at a number of institutions with the primary route being to Sunderland University. The Top-up degree will enable you to maintain a breadth of study right up to degree level.

Potential career opportunities – Artist, Graphic designer, Illustrator, Printmaker, Photographer, Textile designer, Advertising Creative, Product designer, Interior Designer, Art Teacher, Art Technician, Art therapist, Community arts worker, Arts administrator, Multimedia specialist and a Museum or Gallery Curator.

What costs will you incur?

Tuition fee: £5,999 per year

Other course costs:

Printing for your course – you will receive £30 credit for printing which will be paid in three installments of £10 per term. Any printing requirements in excess of this can be purchased.

You may choose to purchase books from the recommended reading lists however the College Learning Centre have an excellent range of all books suggested within your units studied.

You will be expected to provide your own pens, paper, folders, sketchbooks and a range of art materials for your studies.

Also during your studies you will be given the opportunity to take part in a UK trip and potentially an overseas field trip to New York. In the past as a department we have visited places such as London, Edinburgh, Liverpool, York and France – please note that these trips are optional only and are not a requirement to complete the course successfully.

Financial support

For more information on Student Finance please go to our HE Finance page