Art and Design (Art Practice) at Blackpool and the Fylde College - UCAS

Course summary

At Blackpool School of Arts, we are creating ways to make our higher education qualifications even more accessible. We know that not everyone can commit to three years of study and with this in mind, we're introducing a staged approach. This enables you to study a year at a time, starting with an HNC (Level 4), moving to an HND (Level 5) and finally finishing with a BA (Hons) Top-up programme (Level 6), which will arrive in 2024/2025. You can complete the entire programme in three years or stop at the end of any year, take a break, then pick up again where you left off. This new Art & Design programme cluster represents a fresh approach to Higher Education at Blackpool School of Arts. The first year of the programme (HNC, L4) covers all aspects of the visual arts, with core skills being developed and refined across the visual arts as part of a cluster, giving you a broad and comprehensive experience. You will also have the opportunity to specialise in your chosen pathway, choosing from Graphic Design & Illustration, Commercial Arts Practice and Sustainable Fashion & Costume Pathways, where you will learn the specialist skills to reach your career goals. You will work with peers from a range of creative backgrounds and with a range of career aspirations, collaborating and working together, as in the industry, whilst also specialising in key areas for your chosen career pathway. This will develop the industry skills you need to enable you to progress to the second year of the programme (HND, L5), where you will specialise further in your pathway. From 2024/2025, and subject to validation, applicants will be able to progress to a full BA (Hons) top-up programme in the and achieve a full bachelor's degree here at Blackpool School of Arts. These programmes have been developed in Blackpool by creative industry experts and in line with the needs of local and national industries to ensure you are able to gain the skills necessary to reach your goal of a career in the creative industries. The HNC and HND create the opportunity to upskill or re-skill and enter the industry at a variety of levels and in a range roles.


Module Title Code Credits Optional? Professional Development VA4MD064 15 No Contextual Studies VA4MD065 15 No Individual Project VA4MD066 15 No Techniques and Processes VA4MD067 15 No Communication in Art and Design VA4MD068 15 No Media Practices VA4MD069 15 No Material Practices VA4MD070 15 No Principles of Life Drawing VA4MD071 15 No

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Foundation Diploma Art & Design is also acceptable as well as international equivalents of the above qualifications. Anyone who can demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge can also be considered on an individual basis. Recognised prior learning may also be considered in accordance with the awarding body’s regulations. If English is not your first language, you will need to achieve an IELTS score of at least 5.5.

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English language requirements

Grade 4/C in both GCSE Maths and English, or L2 equivalent. If English is not your first language, you will need to achieve an IELTS score of at least 5.5 in each of the four components.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7000 Year 1
Scotland £7000 Year 1
Wales £7000 Year 1
EU £8000 Year 1
International £8000 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

You will need to spend approximately £250 p.a. on basic materials, as well as an SD card and hard drive. A full list of material requirements will be issued to you after enrolment. You should also be aware that there may be additional costs to consider such as optional educational visits and photocopying/printing. There will be a variety of trips and other activities that may incur a small fee, as well as the cost of materials and basic equipment listed above.
Art and Design (Art Practice) at Blackpool and the Fylde College - UCAS