Selby College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd

Art and Design (Arts Practice)

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Course summary

The Higher National Certificate (HNC) and the Higher National Diploma (HND) in Art and Design (Arts Practice) is a two-year programme providing you with a specialist vocational grounding in art, design and media. The programme is split into two one-year programmes. The HNC is a level 4 programme, when this is completed successfully you will have the opportunity to progress onto the HND at level 5. There will be a strong emphasis on the development of both individual creative practice and an understanding of professional and employment-focused skills. The programme will also provide you with a higher level of contextual awareness of art and design practices, enabling you to progress onto top-up to a full degree. Our goal is to prepare you for a successful career within the creative arts industry. Building on previous knowledge and skills in art, design and media, the course is structured to provide opportunities across a broad academic and vocational base, progressively deepening your knowledge and skills. Based on the current specification from the awarding body, you will undertake eight units to complete the first year of the programme and six units to complete the second year. This full-time programme is run over one year per level with daytime sessions blocked over two days. The course is divided into several units which are designed to give you a broad overview of the subject area. You will also be provided with the opportunity to specialise in a dedicated subject area, with creative industry focus. A range of teaching and learning methods including seminars, lectures, group work, tutorials and e-Learning are used, with a work-related, problem-solving and research-based approach emphasized. You will engage in practical workshops, theoretical studies, group and individual critiques, lectures and both physical and online exhibitions. Residential trips both home and abroad are an important part of the course but are optional. The cost varies and is dependent on current rates for the destination and current restrictions.

Course details


Building on previous knowledge and skills in art and design, the course is structured to provide opportunities across a broad academic and vocational base, progressively deepening students’ knowledge. We also offer different pathways after the first semester in; Fine Art, Photography, Graphic Communication and 3D practices. Based on the current specification from the awarding body, students will undertake eight units to complete the first year of the programme. These are currently planned as: Year 1: Techniques and Practices (Mandatory core) Material Practices (Mandatory core) Individual project - Pearson Set (Mandatory core) Media Practices (Mandatory core) Professional Development (Mandatory core) Contextual Studies (Mandatory core) Communication in Art and Design (Mandatory core Specialist) Darkroom Techniques (Fine Art) (Optional) Printmaking (Fine Art) (Optional) Graphic Design Practices (Graphic Communication) (Optional) Photographic Practices (Photography) (Optional) 3D Practices (3D processes fine art) (Optional) Year 2: Professional Practice (Mandatory core) • Applied Practice Collaborative Project (Pearson set) (Mandatory core) • Advanced Art Practice Studies (Mandatory specialist) • Conceptual Practice (Fine Art/3D Optional) • Material Selection and Specification (Fine Art/3D/Graphics/ Optional) • Creative Industries Placement (Optional) Branding and Identity (Graphic Communication Optional) Advanced Photography (Optional) Please note, units may be subject to change from year to year, due to curriculum updating/sector changes/changes in delivery staff specialisms or awarding body requirements. See Course Terms and Conditions for more details.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

This programme is currently open to applicants from the UK and EU only.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

The following are also required: •A grade C or above in GCSE English •Two satisfactory references A grade C or above in GCSE Maths is also desirable. Applications from mature students with relevant professional/life experience are welcome. You might be required to provide further evidence to decide on your suitability for the course and an admissions test may be used in certain circumstances.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7320 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7320 Year 1
Scotland £7320 Year 1
Wales £7320 Year 1

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Art and Design (Arts Practice) at Selby College - UCAS