Chichester College Group

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd

Art and Design (Art Practice)

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Course summary

Sitting in between Illustration, Fine Art, Animation and Graphics, the Art Practice course takes the best of all those creative disciples and combines them into one dynamic area of study. Gain a H.E qualification without the full cost of University and without the need to move away from your home. The HND Art & Design course is a gateway and stepping-stone into the level 6 at University (final year of degree), or route into employment or freelance within the creative sector. The course aims to give you the skills and confidence to work on illustrations in a design studio or a University setting, the emphasis is on both set workshops/lessons and independent study where you can develop your own research and techniques under a guiding studio environment. Learn to be creative in a dedicated illustration studio where you can express ideas in your own personal space and design your art using both traditional artistic media and digital software (Adobe CC Illustrator, Photoshop, Animate, Indesign, Premiere Pro and After Effects). You will study a broad range of creative skills, techniques and processes that cover both tradition art methods (such as advanced drawing and painting skills) through to digital and animation processes; which will take your work to the next level of design and realisation and give you the edge in an ever changing creative environment. The course has a dual focus on both the skills needed for a final year of a degree and also creative enterprise as we will guide you through not only developing your art practice but also, supporting you to promote yourself to local, national and global audiences. The course will cover a broad range of creative illustration, art, graphic and animation processes, such as: printmaking, observational drawing, traditional and contemporary painting techniques, narrative image making, sequential design, character design, concept art, motion graphics, life drawing, image capture, book arts and digital graphic design. The course will also cover the history of creative illustration/visual communication, as well as contemporary illustration practices. Learn to tell stories using visual images by developing a personal language, which can engage the audience and promote an idea or sell a product. HND Art Practice students will learn how to develop strong visual language skills by following the design cycle. Study how to manage the whole creative process from: developing initial ideas based-on a client’s brief, through to refining/experiments ideas, and presenting dynamic outcomes. The course will also teach skills in planning, managing time, budgets and resources through to delivery creative projects in professional manner. Practice activities and creative workshop are backed-up with Illustration theory such as: semiotics, colour theory, audience perception to allow students to develop conceptual ideas. Study and investigation skills will be taught alongside workshops to support theory lessons. A part of any creative practice is reflections, evaluations and critiques, which will be part of the programme. As a trained illustrator, you might find work creating images for multiple platforms, including: magazines, books, films, video games, and for the internet/social media. A portfolio of original work will be important to your success in finding work, whether you're applying to large corporations, publishing companies, or small boutique design firms; also many illustrators choose to be freelancers or take freelance jobs alongside regular design work. With a strong portfolio students can progress on to University to complete a ‘top-up’ to gain a full degree. The course prepares students to go directly into the Illustration industry by teaching skills to self-up as a freelance illustrator and to sell creative work and skills to a global audience.

Subject options

This course offers the following subject options:

  • Computer
  • Multimedia


You will be taught within a nurturing environment with lots of expert support from our experienced and industry-qualified tutors. They will teach you through a blend of lectures, workshops and guest speakers as well as individual and group work. The HND Art & Design (Art Practice) course comprises of 14 modules and cover the following: Units: Year 1 Professional Development Contextual Studies Individual Project (Pearson-set) Techniques & Processes Media Practices Materials Practices Communication in Art & Design Visual Narratives Units: Year 2 Professional Practice Applied Practice Collaborative Project (Pearson-set) Advanced Art Practice Studies Art Direction Professional Model Making Digital Animation As a student of Chichester College, you will have access to all our services, which includes study support, the Students' Union, nurseries, and our library's online resources. Special features of this programme include: You can progress onto a final top-up year and achieve a full degree. Option of an international trip to support your studies Small group sizes ensure you get the support you need to succeed.

Assessment method

Build a winning portfolio and learn exhibition, entrepreneurial and promotional skills which will be taught along the creative workshop programme; entrepreneurial will allow students the opportunity to explore the possibilities of reaching a wider audience as possible to gain work, commissions and sell creative pieces.

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2022.

If you already have a 2022 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Mature students would be considered without academic qualifications if they can demonstrate a strong creative portfolio or industry experience. All students need to show at interview the desire to succeed in a demanding and ever changing creative industry.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

International £7500* Year 1
EU £6500* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Further Fees may apply to students to pay for Non-refundable Admission/Accommodation fees, please contact International Admissions; [email protected]
Art and Design (Art Practice) at Chichester College Group - UCAS