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Arts Practice BTEC HND

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Arts Practice HND (Full time)

The one-year HND programme in Art Practice is a follow on from the HNC course and will allow you to explore your arts practice with an emphasis on developing a personal visual language in painting, drawing, sculpture or interdisciplinary approach to making art. 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 alongside your practical work. The course is run by art practitioners in studios in the purpose-built South Bank Arts Centre. There is an emphasis on professional practise through live projects. This is a well-recognised course for the quality of teaching, collaborations, and exhibitions. Our students also show their artwork at the end of year exhibitions in the South Bank Arts Centre and get the opportunity to visit galleries at home and abroad in places such as Berlin, Amsterdam, or New York.

Course information

Entry requirements

In order to begin this course, you will need a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, UAL Level 3 Art and Design, or A-Level Art and Design.

Other requirements:

  • Portfolio of Art and Design work.


  • Level 3 qualifications in an Art and Design subject.


  • A Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Mature students will be considered individually on experience rather than qualifications. Entry will also be subject to a successful interview, where you will be asked to present a portfolio of your creative work, including sketchbooks.

Course content

During this course you will study the following core compulsory units:

  • Visual Communication
  • Ideas Generation and Development
  • Contextual and Cultural Referencing
  • Professional Practice.

You will also study from a range of specialist units, including:

  • Digital Image Creation and Development
  • Exhibition of Artwork
  • Management of Art Exhibitions
  • Fine Art Painting
  • Fine Art Sculpture
  • Fine Art Printmaking
  • Time-based Artwork
  • Fine Art Ready-mades
  • Site-specific Artwork
  • Commissioned Artwork
  • 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 five, Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation. In total, you will study sixteen units on this course. As the course progresses you will be expected to develop more independence and autonomy and negotiate a personal learning plan to support your practice.

Assessment methods

You will work with a range of specialist lecturers, including practising 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 you of personal progress and to aid assessment. Assessment is continuous throughout the course, with assignments graded at the end of each task.


Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Art and Design (Art Practice)

Further study and career options

On successful completion of the HND, you will have the option to top up the qualification to a full Bachelor’s degree at university or enter employment. Some related jobs include Art Practitioner, Illustrator, Gallery Curator, Conservation and much more.

Additional information

Additional costs

  • Provision of basic art & design equipment such as paintbrushes, clay, plaster, wood, canvas, and any additional consumable materials demanded by personal project requirements.
  • Resource fee of £150 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.

Please note: You will be required to attend college 2 days per week (days to be confirmed)

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Available Courses
Bedford College
Starts: 20/09/2023
Type: HE
Length: 30 weeks
Day(s): Wednesday, TH
Time(s): 9:15am - 4:30pm
Fees: £6,000.00 Fee notes: The fee indicated is for each year of the course.
Tresham College Kettering Campus
Starts: 26/09/2023
Type: HE
Length: 1 year
Day(s): Tuesday, Thursday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
Fees: £6,000.00 Fee notes: The fee indicated is for each year of the course.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Funding Information

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Bedford College Fine Art HNC
Art & Design


I started out at College on the Level 3 Animation course and found that I really enjoyed the Illustration side. At the higher levels of animation there is not so much illustration included, but I knew I needed to study an undergraduate course in order to achieve more UCAS points. The HNC in Art Practice gives me the points I need to apply for university, but also allows me to carry on developing my illustration skills.

I’ve never really been a fan of writing and I’m not very good at it, so I’m really enjoying the creative side of the course. I’ve learnt new and exciting medias to work with, such as printing, which gives me a new platform to work with and create my art. It’s been a busy time developing a portfolio and applying to university alongside the course, but I have had the full support of my tutors to help balance everything and make the process of applying to university easier.

This course has enabled me to develop my art skills in an environment where I have everything I need. We have access to the various art facilities and departments from fashion and printmaking, to animation studios and filming; the list goes on.

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.

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