The purpose of BTEC Higher Nationals in Art and Design is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the creative industries sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them.
This qualification has been designed to meet the needs of the contemporary creative industries. This dynamic and rapidly changing sector of the global economy covers a wide range of subjects, including those of art and design. The pathways of this qualification are intended to provide students with opportunities to explore the creative industries through a focused curriculum that prepares them for further degree-level studies or working in the industry.
The HND in Art & Design (Arts Practice) programme at UCEN Manchester offers a blend of traditional and innovative arts media which includes drawing, painting, printmaking, 3D, fibre arts, installation, time-based, virtual and lens-based media. A cross-college program of visiting lecturers includes a diverse range of practitioners strengthening the cross-disciplinary opportunities through critical debate as well as through practice. Throughout the course, students are offered the opportunity to identify and direct their own career pathway as an artist, and to gain appropriate work-related experience accordingly, whether it be in promoting and exhibiting their own work, or working to specific commissions; project management; group exhibition organisation and curating skills; sound and image editing in the media-related industries; event arts; teaching; web design; or working as part of an inter-disciplinary creative team.

Northenden Campus
Full Time
2 years
September 2020
You will be taught by a team of experienced tutors –

Rachael Addis Tutor/Practicing Artist- Studied at The Royal Academy of Arts MA in Fine Art

Fiona Donald - Tutor/Practicing Artist, MA in Fine Art

Anne Brennan- 3D and Ceramics Specialist

Nigel Haworth – Photography specialist

Sadie Blythin – Contextual Studies and Plastics specialist

• 64 UCAS Tariff Points
Applicants are required to attend an interview and bring a portfolio of work that demonstrates a range of creative thinking and skills in art & design.
Interviews typically last about half an hour.
Portfolio may be submitted electronically in a Blog.
Skype interviews can be arranged for overseas/applicants.
Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.

1 Professional Development (15 credits)

15 Media Practices (15 credits)

16 Material Practices (15 credits)

17 Art/Craft Production (15 credits)

2 Contextual Studies (15 credits)

22 Printmaking (15 credits)

28 Communication in Art & design (15 credits)

3 Individual Project (Pearson-set) (15 credits)

4 Techniques & Processs (15 credits)

63 Principles of Lifedrawing (15 credits)
Level 4 Level 5

30% Coursework 25% Coursework
70% Practical 75% Practical
For those students wishing to continue their education, the BTEC Higher Nationals in Art and Design have been designed to ensure that curriculum is clearly aligned with the FHEQ and QAA benchmarks for the subject. This means that students completing the HNC (Level 4) have studied the subject solely at Level 4 or above. Similarly, students completing the HND (Level 5) will have studied their subject at Level 4 and Level 5. By ensuring alignment with the higher education level descriptors, the qualification aims to provide students with the best opportunity to continue their education at the appropriate level.
The focus on specialist pathways, at Level 4 and Level 5, provides students with a clear set of skills and goals for further study or entering employment. Students complete a BTEC Higher National in Art and Design may find work in:
● graphic design studios
● print production
● web design studios
● photography studios
● design agencies
● advertising agencies
● fashion design studios
● branding agencies
● retail merchandising
● product design firms
● interior des
Required and essential items for programme and cost.

The College supplies some materials for specialist workshops, e.g. Printing inks, clay, wood. Where students extend their practice in a specialist area such as 3D or textiles, they will be required to fund the cost of specialist materials.

You are required to purchase your own basic art materials for the course typically £100 per year.

Trips- There will be a cost for trips and Exhibition visits. This will include residential trips costing approximately £100 - £150 per trip. In previous years, students have been to London on gallery visits and to Ambleside, Lake District for Environmental Art Workshops. International trips are optional and will be charged accordingly.

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