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HND in Art & Design - Arts Practice - Year 1

Course Description

If you wish to work in the Creative Arts industry, then this is the course for you. The course focuses on the development of practical skills, practical exploration of ideas, concepts across a range of different mediums, methods, techniques and conceptualisation that are considered fundamental to Art & Design. When undertaking practical assessments, you are expected to perform to an industry standard and use your own initiative to research required topics. The programme is designed to prepare you for employment in the exciting world of creative industries within areas such as visual art, Fine Art, Print, Ceramics, Fashion and more. You will also undertake termly industry related enrichment visits to local and national galleries and events and will receive visiting artist lecturers and yearly artist residencies will enhance your learning experience.

Course fees: £6000 per year


UCAS Code AD10

Applications for this course are made via the UCAS website - click here.


Level 5 HND in Art

Entry Requirements

  • UCAS Tariff 80 points
  • A level CDD
  • BTEC Level 3
  • NVQ Level 3
  • VRQ Level 3


Specialist units will develop your skills, knowledge and understanding relevant to specific creative activities with different mediums and techniques and in the creation of your own professional portfolio including:

HNC (Year 1)

  • Level 4 Professional Development
  • Level 4 Contextual Studies
  • Level 4 Individual Project (Pearson Set)
  • Level 4 Techniques and Processes
  • Level 4 Media Practices
  • Level 4 Materials Practices
  • Level 4 Visual Narratives (subject to change)
  • Level 4 Principles of Life Drawing (Subject to Change)

HND (Year 2) (subject to validation)

  • Level 5 Professional Practice
  • Level 5 Applied Practice Collaborative Project (Pearson Set)
  • Level 5 Advanced Art Practice Studies
  • Level 5 Creative Entrepreneurship (subject to change)
  • Level 5 Art Direction (Subject to Change)
  • Level 5 Conceptual Practise (Subject to Change)

You will also produce a professional portfolio showcasing a range of processes and techniques, commercial, cultural and visual awareness, there will also by opportunities for suitable students to undertake work experience with local artists and to work on regional projects.

Work Experience



Learners who achieve the HNC qualification can progress onto the second year of the HND or onto the second year of a relevant degree course. Upon completion of the 2-year HND; learners can top-up to a full degree in a related Art & Design, Creative Arts, 3D Design, Fashion or other relevant subject area. Employment and self-employment in the creative arts sector is also an option and self promotion is an essential element of the course structure.

Over 9000 creative industry companies within Greater Manchester employing over 48,000 people. 18% Industry growth in the area

87% of jobs low risk of automation.

Related Roles Include: Art Director, curatorship, Craft and Fine Artists, Fashion Designers, Graphic Designers, Industrial Designers, Interior Designers.