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Art & Design (Photography, Fashion & Graphics)

Art & Design (Photography, Fashion & Graphics)

Mode of study HE Full-time
Duration 1 Year
Campus English Bridge Campus
Start date 7 September 2020 Please note that day of week is just an indication at this stage and could be subject to change
Tuition Fee £6,500 Tuition fees stated are the annual cost
Course code FLR4ART001 (2020)
  • Who is it for?

    Art & Design is one of the biggest industries both in the UK and globally. The HNC in Art & Design is a one-year programme designed to develop knowledge and practical skills to help you realise your creative intentions. It is suitable for students progressing from level 3 or Foundation Diploma courses, or those looking to develop their skills and interest in a specialist area of Art and Design or as a way of extending an existing interest into a creative job.

    The purpose of the BTEC Higher Nationals in Art & Design is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the creative industries sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance career prospects who undertake them.

    This qualification has been designed to meet the needs of contemporary creative industries. This dynamic and rapidly changing sector of the global economy covers a wide range of subjects, including those of art & design. The pathways of this qualification are intended to provide students with opportunities to explore the creative industries through focused curriculum that prepares them for further degree- level studies or working in a specialist area of the creative industry.

  • What does the course involve?

    This two year course is an opportunity for you to enhance your practical and theoretical skills that are required in the ever-changing creative industries.

    The course provides opportunities for learners to apply their developing knowledge and practical skills in a creative environment. Learners will have the opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and processes relating to making and design as well as contextual studies, allowing them to demonstrate their ideas through the production of a variety of projects and practical exercises, including displaying work at the annual end of year Exhibition.

    Other methods of assessment will include written assignments and presentations. Your final grades will depend on the portfolio of evidence you produce to demonstrate your achievements. Your learning experience is enhanced by workshops with professional practitioners and regular visits to exhibitions and galleries, in previous years students have taken part in overseas trips to Berlin and Barcelona.

    This course is validated by Pearson and is made up of eight units.

    Core & Mandatory Units:

    • Unit 1 Professional Development
    • Unit 2 Contextual Studies
    • Unit 3 Individual Project (Pearson-set)    
    • Unit 4 (mandatory) Techniques and Processes
    • Unit 15 (specialist unit/mandatory) Media Practices
    • Unit 16 (specialist unit/mandatory) Material Practice           

    Specialist Units:

    • Unit 17: Art/Craft Production
    • Unit 28: Communication in Art & Design

    Your work will be continually assessed throughout the course. The assessment will depend upon the module being studied however typical assessment methods include critiques, assignments, presentations and practical work.

    Attendance and additional study hours: This is a full time programme, usually timetabled so students attend classes over 2 days per week. Learners are encouraged to access the Art and Design studios; HE Centre and library outside of taught sessions to realise their projects fully. Classes are usually between the hours of 8.50am- 4:10pm. Full attendance and punctuality are a fundamental requirement. Study hours are made up from taught hours and independent study hours.

    Your work will be continually assessed throughout the course. The assessment will depend upon the  module being studied. Typical assessment methods include assignments; portfolios; examinations and presentations. Please refer to the Course Specification for information on assessment for this course.

  • How much does it cost?

    There are some costs to consider when applying for the course.  It is expected that you will have your own basic art materials/tool kit and that you will purchase specialist materials as you progress through the course and will depend upon what type of specialist media you want to work in for each project. 

  • Additional Notes

    The course covers the opportunity for a wide variety of art and design media to be explored and developed, also contains some core units on personal and professional development.

    Students are expected to work with increasing independence whilst having regular taught and tutorial sessions. Sketchbooks and journals are used for research, idea development, material and processes exploration, reflection, problem solving and the presentation of developed art & design ideas.

  • Further Information

    Career opportunities are varied and depend upon your particular interest and long-term career goals. Students’ can progress directly into a career in the creative industries or they may choose to continue their studies and study an additional year to achieve a HND qualification.

  • What do I do next?

    To join this course you will first have to register with UCAS at and then apply through UCAS. (Choose: Sign In–Students–Undergraduate–Apply–Register and follow the instructions.) You will then receive a confirmation email from UCAS and the College will be in contact with an interview date. Current Shrewsbury Colleges Group students should seek support from their tutor before applying.

    If after reading this fact sheet, you are still undecided about the programme most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Advice Events, ring Course Advice on 01743 342333 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Amy Smith

Amy Smith

Printmaking Workshop

I have learnt many new techniques whilst on the printmaking course with Jay. We have been able to explore individual ideas with just the right amount of support and guidance in a relaxed and creative environment. I am excited to continue printing at home, having discovered a process I love.

Rhianne Stubbs

Rhianne Stubbs

A Level Fine Art (Biology and English Literature)
Previous Institution: Priory School

Art at Shrewsbury Colleges Group is so expansive, it’s not just all about portraiture. Your ideas can be endless and the teachers allow you to explore all forms. I really enjoy A Level Art, it’s something I do at College and a hobby for me at home.

Samantha Shoulder

Samantha Shoulder

HNC in Fashion and Textiles

The course has given me great opportunities to explore different fashion and textile techniques with support from experienced tutors. It has helped me advance both my skills and confidence in current industry standards.

Megan Butler

Megan Butler

A Level Fine Art (Graphic Communication, Spanish)
Previous Institution: Bishop's Castle Community College

The A Level course is so much more in-depth than GCSE – which is great. I will be taking a gap year and travelling, then I would like to explore Interior Design as a career. My final pieces focused on architecture and windows using stencils and digital art. Digital art is something that I really appreciated learning about.

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Career Options

  • Arts officers, producers and directors

    Up to £44,000

  • Graphic designers

    Up to £32,000


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