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Arts Practice BTEC HNC (part-time)

The one year HNC in Art Practice will allow you to explore your artistic practice through a broad diagnostic introduction to contemporary art. For example, painting, printmaking, sculpture or in an interdisciplinary way. In addition, you will develop methodologies for idea generation within an art context. The course will also introduce you to the philosophy and sociology of art. Art theory and contextual studies are delivered along side your practical art work. The course is run by art practitioners and they put an emphasis on professional practice through live projects and by enabling you to submit work to national art competitions, for example the Jerwood Drawing Prize. From this HNC course you can progress onto our HND.

Full-time

Featured on The Guardian’s 'End of year favourites'

Painting by former student Emma Richardson

“The uncanny is frightening because it is not known. Children, especially little girls, signify a non-threatening vulnerability and when this is combined with the uncanny it can disturb our mental and emotional responses, as we generally seek to protect and nurture the young.”

Emma Richardson, former Fine Art HND student

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 32-48 UCAS points with some art, design and media element OR
  • Art & Design BTEC Level 3 Diploma OR
  • Art & Design Foundation Diploma (Pre-Degree) OR
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualification

Entry is subject to a successful interview, where you will be asked to bring along a portfolio of your existing work. Applicants from A-Level courses displaying high levels of creativity will also be considered. We welcome applications from mature students who will considered individually on experience rather than qualifications.

Course content

You will study the following core compulsory units:

  • Visual Communication in Art & Design
  • Ideas Generation and Development in Art & Design
  • Contextual and Cultural Referencing in Art & Design
  • Professional Practice in Art & Design.

In addition you will study from a range of specialist units including:

  • Digital image creation and development
  • Exhibition of Art Work
  • Management of Art Exhibitions
  • Fine Art Painting
  • Fine Art Sculpture
  • Fine Art Printmaking
  • Time-based Artwork
  • Fine Art Ready-mades
  • Site-Specific Art Work
  • Commissioned Art Work
  • Drawing in Fine Art
  • Development of a Fine Art Identity
  • Development of a Fine Art Language
  • Personal development through Drawing.

Some of these units are likely to be combined to form a Final Major Project with unit 5, Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation.

Assessment methods

You will work with a range of specialist lecturers (including practising artists & designers), in well-equipped studios and workshops. Project briefs are set for each assignment and you are encouraged to develop a personal response to each task. All activities are supported through one-to-one tutorials and group discussions to inform personal progress and aid assessment. Assessment is continuous with assignments graded at the end of each task.

Qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Art and Design

Further study and career options

Course progression:

Art & Design (Art Practice) BTEC HND

Career progression:

  • Teacher Training at Bedford College
  • Art Practitioner
  • Illustrator
  • Gallery Curator
  • Conservation  

Additional information

Additional costs

  • Provision of basic art & design equipment such as: paint brushes, clay, plaster, wood, canvas, and any additional consumable materials demanded by personal project requirements.
  • Resource fee of £75 to cover acrylic paint, oil paint, mediums, and printing/ink costs.
  • Train fares for visits by train to London (normally up to two a year).
  • A digital camera is advantageous but not essential.

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)Fee per unitLocationCourse Code
2 years 30/09/2019 Thu, Fri 9.15 am - 4.30 pm £750 per unit (equivalent to £3,000 per year if doing 4 units in each year) Cauldwell Street L1322 Apply

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