The HND in Art and Design (Art Practice pathway) is an Illustration, Drawing and Printmaking course developed to enable its students to interrogate 2D practices across a range of both traditional and cutting-edge processes. With a focus on hands-on, process-based expertise, the course is designed to develop your skills and knowledge of a broad range of primarily 2D practices with interrogation into each method so you can test, develop and refine work to understand the various intricacies of each method of production. With drawing studios and a fully equipped print-room, you will have the opportunity of learning from experienced tutors, who are industry experts and dedicated to their disciplines, knowing both traditional hand rendered techniques, through to cutting edge digital practices. In year 1, across the first semester you will be introduced to new production techniques that include studio based drawing practices such as Life Drawing, still life and Observational studies, and well as working on location in contemporary 'en plein air' and site specific practice, along with broader practices that encompass movement sound and conceptual drawing methodologies. As your skill base grows you will investigate the methods of refining your work across a range of outcome pathways and explore the use of printmaking in its broadest sense, to gain an in-depth knowledge of its potential. As you progress through the second semester of year 1, your attention will turn to the professionalisation of your work where you can relate your practice to its place in industry and find your contemporaries. In year 2, in the first semester along with a broad range of practical workshops in drawing, print and illustrative processes, you will begin professionalising your work and apply your skills to a range of industry outcomes. By testing and refining your skills you will deepen your understanding of your methods and processes including advanced life drawing, and intaglio print and graphic led methods. Due to our experimental approaches you can really become an expert in your field and create a unique body of work. At Level 5 (year 2) study we aim for you to develop as a specialist, so your briefs will allow you to respond to what drives your work, and focus on what matters most to you. As this course is broad and experimental in its approach, you will be able to develop your work into a range of outcomes depending on your own personal direction. Your work in the second semester of year 2 will help shape and hone your work further as you will focus on advancing your practice towards a final body of work. Your self-negotiated brief will allow you to define your methodology and realise your personal aims. Alongside technical delivery, you will also respond to live industry briefs so you are able to test your working knowledge and its place in industry. At the Chelsea Centre our newly established Creative Agency will allow you respond to briefs from a range of partners to build a unique and personal portfolio Within this professionalisation of your practice you will be able to consider various finishing approaches including bookbinding, framing and curatorial practice; and with entrepreneurship sitting alongside your practical development your will be able to analyse your approach and outcomes to enable you to progress into a range of industry and educational pathways. By the end of the programme you will be able to understand your place within the industry, and learn the standards and processes needed to achieve. You will also have the knowledge needed to either progress into further Higher Education courses such as the BA (Hons) Top-up programme here at Chelsea, or externally; or progress directly into work within your chosen industry pathway.
Units are subject to change but would typically include: Year 1:
- Professional Development
- Contextual Studies
- Individual Project (Pearson Set)
- Techniques & Processes
- Media Practices
- Material Practices
- Principles of Life Drawing
- Professional Practice
- Applied Practice Collaborative Project (Pearson-set)
- Advanced Art Practice Studies
- Material Selection & Specification
- Creative Entrepreneurship
There is a strong focus on practical, technical skills and developing personal independent working practices. Delivery from our academic and technical team is complemented by masterclasses, industry input and presentations. Students benefit from a high level of contact time with tutors. Each project gives the opportunity to follow a range of processes and help students to understand the conditions of a brief, allowing students to build up confidence and understanding of their own process and how it can best be developed in order to support progression into industry. Assessment methods are in the form of ● A portfolio of work that demonstrates the learning outcomes ● Written assignments ● Practical Tasks ● Development work that shows creative thinking ● Formative feedback ● Peer Feedback ● Summative Assessment
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)
Direct entry into Year 2: We are happy to consider applications for direct entry onto the second year of study from those who have already completed and been certificated on the associated HNC at level 4. Applicants will be asked to supply their Pearson ID number available on their certificate or transcript.
Additional entry requirements
Mature students: if you do not meet the entry requirements as outlined above, we may still consider your application based on previous employment or previous study. We appreciate that mature students may have extensive relevant experience gained through paid or unpaid work, or through other types of professional training or sector-related opportunities and this experience may be used to support an application. Please contact the Programme Lead on [email protected] to discuss.
We welcome applications from anyone who believes they are capable of reaching the standards required by this qualification. Applicants should have a background in art and design, and a level of drawing ability which enables them to be able to develop work independently. A portfolio will be required at interview to help confirm the programme suitability to the applicant, and should demonstrate practical ability, research skills and creative thinking.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||5.5||Students and prospective students require a minimum level of 5.5 IELTS (or equivalent) with no score lower than a 5 in listening and speaking and no score lower than a 5.5 in reading and writing.|
|PTE Academic||42||Pearson Test of English Academic|
Students undertaking higher level education need to have a commensurate level of understanding of the English language so as to be able to achieve their qualification. In the case of applicants for whom English is a second language, the interviewer and Central Admissions Team must assure themselves of the applicant’s ability to function at IELTS English Level 5.5 (or equivalent). This is in line with the requirements of the awarding and validating bodies. Where applicants do not hold an IELTS qualification at 5.5 or equivalent, the Central Admissions will ask the applicant to sit an online test (BKSB) to check the suitability of the applicant’s English level prior to interview. Photographic identification will be required. Applicants who have recently completed (i.e. in the last 2 years) a formal programme of study in English at an appropriate level (such as a level 3 BTEC or ‘A’ level) prior to starting their Higher National are considered to be at a suitable level of English without requiring additional evidence..
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£6165||Year 1|