Art & Design (Art Practice)
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
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
Academic Entry requirements
• 64 UCAS Tariff Points
Non-academic entry Requirements
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.
What will I be studying?
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)
How will I be assessed?
30% Coursework 25% Coursework
70% Practical 75% Practical
What are the careers that this will lead to?
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
Course Associated Costs
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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