Art & Design (Art Practice) Solihull College & University Centre


Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd

This course is designed to give you a grounding the professional skills needed to begin a career in the creative industries. It provides the opportunity to develop and expand an existing art practice that you will have begun to establish during level 3 study.

Following successful completion of the HND in Art Practice there is the opportunity to progress to the BA (HONS) Creative Arts Practice Level 6 top up course validated by Oxford Brookes University .

  • Qualification

    Higher National Diploma - HND

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    September 2018

  • Duration

    2 years

Course details


Year One (Level 4) Core

1 Professional Development
2 Contextual Studies
3 Individual Project (Pearson-set)
4 Techniques & Processes

Specialist - 15 Media Practices 16 Material Practices

Optional * - 22 Printmaking 31 Visual Narratives

Year Two (Level 5) Core

32 Professional Practice
33 Applied Practice Collaborative Project

Specialist - 40 Advanced Art Practice Studies

Optional * 48 Conceptual Practice 50 Material Selection & Specification 52 Moving Image

*Optional units are subject to change but those listed are the units most likely to be delivered

Assessment method

Units will be awarded following successful completion of the set assignment briefs. All student work is internally assessed by the staff delivering the unit and then both internally and externally moderated to ensure fairness and parity.
Assignment briefs will be set throughout the academic year with multiple assessment points. Students will receive feedback on their progress throughout the year and will accrue the required credits for each academic year.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January *

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code A433
Institution code S26
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

This course is not available for International applications

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 points Must be in a relevant subject such as Media/Fine Art/Photography/Graphic Design and/or other Art related disciplines.
A level A*A*A*A* - DDDD Must be in a relevant subject such as Media/Fine Art/Photography/Graphic Design and/or other Art related disciplines..
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM Must be in a relevant subject such as Media/Fine Art/Photography/Graphic Design and/or other Art related disciplines.
Access to HE Diploma D: 15 credits
M: 15 credits
P: 15 credits
Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject such as Media/Fine Art/Photography/Graphic Design and/or other Art related disciplines. Acheiving a minimum of 60 credits with 45 at level 3, with at least 15 credits at Distinction, 15 credits at Merit and 15 at Pass profile.
Scottish Higher Please contact Solihull College & University Centre for further information.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE C/4 or above in English and Mathematics or equivalent will be required.

We make offers based on an overall Merit profile (96 UCAS tariff points), we consideration all aspects of an application and applicants will receive a personalised offer from Solihull College & University Centre

Other qualifcations and combinations of qualifcations will be considered and maybe also acceptable - please contact

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements


When applying for one of our full time Higher Education courses all prospective applicants must apply through UCAS, selecting the correct institution code(s) and UCAS course code(s), these are located on the course leaflet Guides on how to complete your UCAS application or personal statement are also available via request from the Admissions department or 0121 678 7000.
All applicants are required to attend an interview and will be notified of the date via email and UCAS Track. Applicants applying from outside the West Midlands alternative interview arrangements can be made for you but we strongly encourage all prospective applicants come along to view Solihull College and University Centre’s facilities and meet the teaching teams.
At Interview original certificates including GCSE’s will be required, applicants applying for our Early Years courses will be required to bring evidence of DBS check, Art & Design and Media students a portfolio or show reel will also be required for interview.
Mature students who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have appropriate industry and life experiences will have their prior learning and skills taken into account.
Please allow 28 working days from receiving of your application to a decision being made and UCAS Track to be updated. This time may increase if there is missing information from your application (applicants will be contacted directly to request this) or during busy application periods such as 15th January equal consideration date and possibly February.


Portfolio required for this course

English language requirements

Students who are non-native English speakers, or who have not studied the final two years of school in English, but can demonstrate capability in English at a standard commensurate to IELTS 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 being awarded on individual sections for a level 4, 5 or 6 qualification, will be considered as eligible to apply for the programme/course.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £6,000 Year 1
EU £6,000 Year 1
England £6,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6,000 Year 1
Scotland £6,000 Year 1
Wales £6,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

External trips and visits will be part of the course and there will be additional costs incurred for these. Whilst we are able to provide some specialist materials, students are expected to provide their own art materials & tools and appropriate stationary. Students will be issued with a list of suggested art supplies. Other costs will include printing/ photocopying costs. It is also advantageous to have internet access at home although the college provides access to computers and the internet throughout the working week. Additional costs Costs depend on the direction and ambition of your work. We suggest budgeting approximately £250 for materials and work-books in the first year.

Sponsorship information

Solihull College & University Centre will be offering both Academic Scholarships and Bursaries for students applying to study either full time or part time courses from September 2018. Please see our website for further information