<FONT face=Calibri>The Higher National Certificate (HNC) and the Higher National Diploma (HND) in Art and Design (pathway options) is a two-year programme providing you with a specialist vocational grounding in core skills, knowledge and the understanding necessary to achieve high performance in the global creative industries sector. Higher National qualifications in Art and Design are aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning.</FONT>Apply Now
The Higher National Certificate (HNC) and the Higher National Diploma (HND) in Art and Design (pathway options: Fashion, Photography & Graphics) is a two-year programme providing you with a specialist vocational grounding in core skills, knowledge and the understanding necessary to achieve high performance in the global creative industries sector. Higher National qualifications in Art and Design are aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning.
The HNC qualification has been designed to meet the needs of the evolving creative industries. This dynamic and rapidly changing sector of the global economy covers a wide range of subjects, including those of art and design. The pathways of this qualification are intended to provide students with opportunities to explore the creative industries through a focused curriculum that prepares them for further degree-level studies or working in the industry. The programme is split into two one-year programmes. The HNC is a level 4 programme, when this is completed successfully you will have the opportunity to progress onto the HND at level 5.
Our goal is to prepare you for a successful career within the creative arts industry. Building on previous knowledge and skills in art, design and media, the course is structured to provide opportunities across a broad academic and vocational base, progressively deepening your knowledge and skills for your chosen pathway. Based on the current specification from the awarding body, you will undertake eight units to complete the first year of the programme and six units to complete the second year.
Modules L4 HNC
• Professional Development (Mandatory)
• Individual project - Pearson Set (Mandatory core)
• Techniques and Practices (Mandatory core)
• Contextual Studies (Mandatory core)
• Screen -based Practices (Mandatory)
• Digital Design Practices (Mandatory)
• Communication in Art & Design (Graphics Pathway)
• Graphic Design Practices (Graphics Pathway)
• Location Photography (Photography Pathway)
• Studio Photography (Photography Pathway)
• Pattern Cutting & Garment Making (Fashion Pathway)
• Fashion & Textiles Practices (Fashion Pathway)
Modules L5 HND (Subject to
• Professional Practice (Mandatory Core)
• Applies Practice Collaborative Project - Pearson Set (Mandatory core)
• Advanced Digital Design Studies (Mandatory core)
• Advanced Graphic Design Studies (Graphics Pathway)
• Branding & Identity (Graphics Pathway)
• Advanced Photography Studies (Photography Pathway)
• Commercial Photography (Photography Pathway)
• Advanced Fashion Studies (Fashion Pathway)
• Trend Forecasting (Fashion Pathway)
The second year of the course will then follow on with a further six units. Please note, units may be subject to change from year to year, due to curriculum updating/sector changes/changes in delivery staff specialisms or awarding body requirements.
Academic and practical skills developed through the course focus on workplace and transferable skills to equip students for progression into employment, developed alongside academic skills such as research, problem analysis and critical thinking to support progression to higher level study. You will develop the ability to work independently and on your own initiative.
You will develop career-ready employment skills which will include:
•Technical and practical confidence in the use of a wide range of professional-level equipment management of the digital workflow (ideas-artwork-production-reproduction)
•The ability to manage time effectively and to plan to meet your client’s expectations
•Awareness of budgets, production costs and charging for time
•The ability to communicate your ideas to others and present compelling concepts appropriately
•The capacity to work safely and responsibly throughout the creative process when dealing with clients and other stakeholders.
On successful completion of the HND, you will have the opportunity to progress to a top-up course to gain a full BA (Hons) degree at university. Other students may progress to employment, set up their own enterprise or continue to study a teaching qualification.
The course aims to equip students with the skills required to embark upon a variety of employment opportunities in the creative industries:
Lens-based Media Production
Further Education Teaching
Students might also use the course to set up in business for themselves, exhibiting and selling their art products or using their design skills and photographic talents to work freelance.
Typical earnings for jobs associated with these areas range from £27,000 to £41,000.
Full Time Higher Education