Pearson BTEC HNC in Art and Design (Arts Practice)

This exciting and dynamic full-time 1 year course has an emphasis on learning and developing skills current to the creative and visual arts industry with the aim of increasing your employability and progression opportunities. The programme is fine art based and is suitable for students progressing from Foundation diploma or A levels or more mature students who are looking to retrain within the creative and visual arts. The Arts Practice course will allow students from a variety of disciplines a place to experiment and create using skills and knowledge learnt to discover and develop your individual abilities and strengths within a creative practice.


Academic Year: 2023/24
Course Code: 10632
Campus: Bangor
Study Type: Full-Time
Education Level Higher Education
Department: Art & Design
Course Structure

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Art and design - Arts Practice

Level 4

  • Core unit Mandatory - 1 Professional Development
  • Core unit Mandatory - 2 Contextual Studies
  • Core unit Mandatory - 3 Individual Project – Pearson set
  • Core unit Mandatory – 4 Techniques and Processes
  • Specialist unit Mandatory – 15 Media Practices
  • Specialist unit Mandatory – 16 Material Practices
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Additional units of study [2 of the following]

  • Unit 28 Communication in art and design
  • Unit 30 Surface Design
  • Unit 31 Visual Narratives

The units will be delivered through a series of assignments that will be carried out either individually or in small groups. The majority of studio practice is usually completed individually due to the nature of contemporary art and design practice. The practical work is supported by contextual and theoretical studies which helps put your practice into context.

Throughout the programme you will be required to learn and demonstrate both technical skills and critical judgement which will inform your work. You will be supported in the process of developing and maturing your ideas and concepts, being able to present them in visual, written, and verbal form.

Please note, in 2 year programmes, course fees are payable in each year. 

15 hours contact time to include practical classes, group work, lectures, seminars, visits, workshops, exhibitions or tutorials. Student workload usually includes 2 to 3 assessments per module.   

Personal Study

A further 20 hours maximum studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, and use of online material.

GCSE/ Level 2 Requirements

 GCSE grade C/4 in English Language, or Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills Communication, or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification

AND GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics, or Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills Application of Number, or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.

AND  Passes in 4 different subjects (can include English Language and Mathematics and as above), with 1 at GCE Advanced (A) level (grades A-E), and 3 at GCSE level (grades A*-C*/9-4), or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.

UCAS

A minimum of 32 UCAS points including:

GCE A level (A2): Typical grade profile C in Art and Design or related Visual Arts subject.

OR [RQF] Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design or related Visual Arts subject with overall award profile MM

OR OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma in Art and design or related Visual Arts subject with an Overall award profile MM

OR BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and Media Practice with an overall award profile of Merit

Access Diploma

Access to HE Diploma (NI): 45% overall [in a Visual Arts Access course] and [45%] in level 2 Access Mathematics.

    International requirements

    • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
    • IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (minimum of 5.5 in all skills) 
    • PTE 51 or approved equivalent test in English

    Equivalent qualifications include:

    • Grade C (or above) in GCSE English
    • Successful completion of a Level 3 Vocational Programme with assessments completed in English Language
    • Essential Skills in Literacy (Level 2)
    • ESOL Level 2

    Tier 4 Students:

    • SERC will only accept a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for issuing a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) 

    Admissions

    Successful completion of the admissions process

    APEL

    Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning. Further details on APEL can be found in the admissions section 

    Students are assessed using a range of different methods. These include examinations, coursework, Project Based Learning, presentations, exhibitions, practical, role-play, and case studies.  This is dependent on the requirements of each unit of study.  Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.

    The course is highly practical, but it also demands academic ability. We use Project Based Learning (PBL) approaches which give you industry relevant experiential learning. 

    Successful completion of the HNC Art and design course may provide you with the opportunity to complete a further year leading to the Level 5 HND in Art and Design programme. The course aims to help students to develop industry connections through a strong programme of masterclasses, practical workshops and industry visits. The teaching team all work within the creative arts in Northern Ireland and can offer advice and support to those seeking employment or further study in the field of creative industries. 

    This course will prepare you for either application for progression to HND/degree study or for employment within the broad spectrum of the visual arts field.

    The HNC course has been designed to provide students with a strong theoretical and practical background to working in art practice. The combination of knowledge and skills students acquired on the HNC are all transferable into an industry setting.

    Gaining a vocational qualification demonstrating your technical competence.

    Gaining a Personal Development qualification demonstrating your employability skills (communication, teamwork, critical thinking).

    Gaining hands on experience through Industry focussed assignments (PBL). 

    Strengthening your ability to be self-reliant and self-motivated.  

    As well as gaining a recognised qualification you will take part in employability skills workshops and gain skills in teamwork, commitment, IT, and problem solving.

     

    Field trips and gallery visits are not compulsory, however there are occasions when lecturers will recommend exhibitions or workshop visits, they deem supportive to the students' studies.  The department recognises the importance of providing students with the opportunity to see professional works, both locally and internationally.  Field trips do not have a direct impact on individual academic success.  Costings for field trips are based on the confirmed total number of students wishing to partake.  

    A materials list will be sent to students once accepted onto the course with specific requirements.  This will include;

    • A standard kit of art materials such as sketch books, paints, brushes, pencils, pens. Approx. £100
    • A digital SLR camera. Approx. £150 upwards
    • A portfolio case with sleeves A3 or above dependent on own practice. Approx. £40-£60
    • A memory cards for both video and audio files approx. £25.  

    In addition, students will be expected to partake in gallery/museum/workshop visits. Students are asked to budget approx.

    The course is provided and regulated by Pearson.

    Core unit Mandatory - 1 Professional Development

    Core unit Mandatory - 2 Contextual Studies

    Core unit Mandatory - 3 Individual Project – Pearson set

    Core unit Mandatory – 4 Techniques and Processes

    Specialist unit Mandatory – 15 Media Practices

    Specialist unit Mandatory – 16 Material Practices

     

    Additional units of study [2 of the following]

    Unit 28 Communication in art and design

    Unit 30 Surface Design Unit

    31 Visual Narratives

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