Art Practice at Bedford College Group - UCAS

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Course summary

The one-year long 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 put an emphasis on professional practice through live projects and by enabling you to submit work to national art competitions, for example the Jerwood Drawing Prize. From the HNC course you can progress onto our Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Art and Design (Arts Practice). The one-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. 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 and get the opportunity to visit galleries at home and abroad in places such as Berlin, Amsterdam or New York. The course benefits from a guest speaker programme and students also have the opportunity to travel abroad on cultural visits, for example, Berlin or Amsterdam or New York. 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. Career options include: Art Practitioner, Illustrator, Gallery Curator, Conservation and much more.


During this course you will study the following core compulsory units: Visual Communication Ideas Generation and Development Contextual and Cultural Referencing Professional Practice. You will also study from a range of specialist units, including: Digital Image Creation and Development Exhibition of Art Work Management of Art Exhibitions Fine Art Painting Fine Art Sculpture Fine Art Printmaking Time-based Artwork Fine Art Ready-mades Site-specific Art Work Commissioned Art Work 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 five, Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation. In total you will study sixteen units on this course. As the course progresses you will be expected to develop more independence and autonomy, and negotiate a personal learning plan to support your practice.

Assessment method

You will work with a range of specialist lecturers, including practising 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 you of personal progress and to aid assessment. Assessment is continuous throughout the course, with assignments graded at the end of each task.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification 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. Essential: Level 3 qualifications in an Art and Design subject. Desirable: 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.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6000 Year 1
Scotland £6000 Year 1
Wales £6000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Provision of basic art & design equipment such as: paint brushes, clay, plaster, wood, canvas, and any additional consumable materials demanded by personal project requirements. Resource fee of £150 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. Fees subject to change.
Art Practice at Bedford College Group - UCAS