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Arts Practice BTEC HND

Fine Art BC


Arts Practice HND (Part time)

The two 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 paint, 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 practice through live projects. This is a well-recognised course for the quality of teaching, collaborations and exhibitions. Our students also show their art work 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.

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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

Compulsory units:

  • Drawing in Fine Art
  • Developing a Fine Art Language
  • Developing a Fine Art Identity
  • Historical/Contextual Referencing
  • Critical Study
  • Visual Arts Professional Practice

You will choose ten optional units from the following:

  • Materials & Processes in Fine Art
  • Curating/Taking Part in Exhibitions
  • Painting
  • Fine Art Printmaking
  • Fine Art Photography
  • Fine Art Sculpture
  • Drawing: Personal Development
  • Lens-Based Recording Techniques
  • Presenting & Exhibiting Artwork
  • Specialist Studio Practice
  • Digital Imaging
  • Installation/Site Specific Artwork
Assessment methods

You will be set a variety of projects which encourage you to address and interpret various themes. You will also develop personally generated projects and undertake professional practice activities, such as curating group shows and workshops with schools. Assessments are in the form of peer and tutor assessment, and self-evaluation.


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 relates jobs include: Art Practitioner, Illustrator, Gallery Curator, Conservation and much more.

Available Courses
Bedford College
Starts: 19/09/2024
Type: HE
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Thursday
Time(s): 9:15am - 5:30pm
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Fees: £3,000.00 Fee notes: The fee indicated is for each year of the course.

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Funding Information

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If you decide to pay for your course yourself, we also offer an affordable Direct Debit instalments option to help spread the cost of tuition fees (terms apply).

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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Additional formats

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