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Fine Art BC


Fine Art BTEC HNC (part-time)

The one-year HNC in Art Practice will allow you to explore your artistic practice through a broad diagnostic introduction to contemporary art. For example, painting, printmaking, sculpture or in an interdisciplinary way. 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 artwork. The course is run by art practitioners and they emphasise professional practice through live projects and by enabling you to submit work to national art competitions, for example, the Jerwood Drawing Prize. From this HNC course, you can progress onto our HND.

Available Courses
Bedford College
Starts: 27/09/2021
Type: HE
Day(s): Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:15am - 4:30pm
Length: 30 weeks
Fees: £2,948.00
Apply online Fee notes: The fee indicated above is the fee for each year of the course.
Tresham College Kettering Campus
Starts: 28/09/2020
Type: HE
Day(s): Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:15am - 4:30pm
Length: 30 weeks
Fees: £2,948.00
Apply online Fee notes: The fee indicated above is the fee for each year of the course.

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Course information

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 32-48 UCAS points with some art, design, and media element OR
  • Art & Design BTEC Level 3 Diploma OR
  • Art & Design Foundation Diploma (Pre-Degree) OR
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualification

Applicants from A-Level courses displaying high levels of creativity will also be considered. Likewise, we welcome applications from mature students who will be considered individually on experience rather than qualifications. Entry is subject to a successful interview, where you will be asked to bring along a portfolio of your existing work.

Course content

You will study the following core compulsory units:

  • Visual Communication in Art & Design
  • Ideas Generation and Development in Art & Design
  • Contextual and Cultural Referencing in Art & Design
  • Professional Practice in Art & Design.

In addition, you will 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 5, Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation.

Assessment methods

You will work with a range of specialist lecturers (including practising artists & 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 personal progress and aid assessment. Assessment is continuous with assignments graded at the end of each task.


Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Art and Design.

Further study and career options

Course progression:

  • Art & Design (Art Practice) BTEC HND

Career progression:

  • Teacher Training at Bedford College
  • Art Practitioner
  • Illustrator
  • Gallery Curator
  • Conservation
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 £75 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.


Funding Information

You could be eligible to take out a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees. Click on the link below to find out more about the financial support available for our Higher Education courses.

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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.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support

We are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.

Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 to order your copy.