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Higher Nationals in Art and Design

The BTEC Higher National qualifications in Art and Design (Art Practice) are aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning. Higher Nationals provide a wide-ranging study of the creative industries sector and are designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in creative industries. In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of the creative industries sector, BTEC Higher Nationals in Art and Design give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training.The course provides a programme of specialist vocational learning with a strong emphasis on developing practical skills alongside specialist vocational knowledge.

Entry Requirements
You will typically have one of the following:

• A full vocational Level 3 qualification (BTEC or UAL) in a related subject with at least one merit in the final grade profile
• A Level 3 Diploma in Foundation Studies: Art & Design
• Access to HE with relevant options
• Extensive relevant work experience - mature learners who have extensive work experience and/or professional qualifications in a related industry are welcome to apply

In addition, you will have GCSE maths and English qualifications (or equivalent) at grade C (Grade 4-5) or above.

On receipt of your application, you will be invited to attend an admissions interview with a course tutor to discuss the course and its requirements further.

You will study mandatory core units and select from a series of optional units, based on your specialism, to provide an individual learning experience that allows you to explore your talent and individuality. You will explore and develop your creative, critical and reflective skills and identify career opportunities; develop enterprise skills and professional practice to provide the essential requirements for progression, employment or self-employment within the creative industries. This course will involve practical workshops and theory sessions, critiques, lectures, exhibitions and visits alongside specialist workshops delivered by visiting contemporary practitioners.

Year 1: HNC (duration 1 year)
You will develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the creative industries sector through four core units, which includes one unit assessed through an externally set assignment. The core units are: Professional Development, Contextual Studies, Individual Project (Pearson-set) and Techniques & Practices.

During the initial stage of the course you will explore a wide range of media, techniques and approaches which will inform your individual specialism. You will undertake three mandatory specialist units: Media Practices, Material Practices and Art/Craft Production.

You will also select an additional unit based your own area of interest. You can choose from:
Printmaking, Ceramic & Glass, Surface Design, or Visual Narratives.

Year 2: HND (duration 1 year)
You will complete two core units: Professional Practice, Applied Practice Collaborative Project (externally-set) and one specialist unit Advanced Art Practice Studies.

You will also select three additional units based your own area of specialism. Choose from:

Conceptual Practice, Art Direction, Ceramic Design, Creative Industries Placement and Creative Entrepreneurship.

Assessment activities are integrated into course content. You will work on a series of directed and self-directed projects and receive continual formative feedback through one to one tutorials, group and peer critiques, plus formal assessment on a regular basis. Summative assessment takes place each term or upon completion of specific units or projects.

There is an externally set assessment each year. This is a practical module which is set and assessed by Pearson BTEC.

Awarding Body
Pearson BTEC

The full time HNC programme is a single year full time, which can be followed by the HND for a further academic year. You will be expected to attend lectures at Macclesfield College for up to 12 hours each week. You may also study for a part time HNC over two years.

Follow up courses/Progression
On successful completion of the Level 5 BTEC Higher National Diploma, you can apply to university to complete a degree in a related subject. Entry to the degree may be at year 2 or year 3 dependent upon the university and degree programme. Alternatively, you can enter employment and develop your career in the creative industries sector.

Course information code: ART-01-17  

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