South Thames Colleges Group

Art and Design (Art Practice) - HNC South Thames Colleges Group Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd


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Course summary

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The course incorporates a wide range of Fine Art practices with an emphasis on contemporary drawing and is designed to reflect an experimental approach to creative practice, although all the assignment briefs are very open. Some projects are carried out in small groups but you are given the opportunity to develop your individual creativity whilst learning a range of technical skills. There is a contextual studies element to the course to provide theory and history to support your practice.

Course details


The HNC course consists of eight units written by the awarding body, Pearson. These form the basis of your course, although they have been adapted to fit assignment briefs appropriate to the course.
The units are as follows:
Professional Development (15 credits at level 4)
Contextual Studies (15 credits at level 4)
Individual Project (Pearson Set) (15 credits at level 4)
Techniques & Processes (15 credits at level 4)
Media Practices (15 credits at level 4)
Material Practices (15 credits at level 4)
Principles of Lifedrawing (15 credits at level 4)
Art/Craft Production (15 credits at level 5)

Assessment method

Work is assessed through a variety of assignments, all of which have to be passed in order to achieve the 8 units which make up the HNC Diploma. Most practical assignments take place within class time but you will need to do additional work outside of this time in order to produce artwork, presentations and other written work. You will sometimes need to work on your project outcomes outside of college times.

How to apply

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 WC01
Institution code K82
Campus name South Thames College (Wandsworth)
Campus code W

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Unfortunately, at the time of writing, we are unable to accept applications from international students who require a Tier 4 visa for courses taught at South Thames College Wandsworth campus.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level EE - A*A* At least one A-level in a relevant subject at grade A*-C OR more than one A-level at grades A*-E
Access to HE Diploma P: 45 credits
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE maths and English grade A*-C/9-4 or equivalent

Additional entry requirements


Suitably qualified applicants will be invited to interview at the College, where they will be required to further demonstrate their suitability for the course. In limited circumstances, we may be able to offer online or phone interviews.


All applicants to this course are required to submit a creative portfolio of their own work. The purpose of the portfolio submission is to evaluate your development as a creator and assess your ability to do well on the course. We look for evidence of the basic technical and cognitive skills you'll need to succeed.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced Level B2 B2 First, formerly known as Cambridge English: First (FCE).
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 An overall band score of 6.0, with none of the four skills below 5.5.

Students from outside the UK may be required to demonstrate their level of English by providing proof of an English language certificate or other qualification. This is particularly the case where a student: • is from a country where English is not an official/first language, or; • has previous qualifications which include English as a second language, or; • has previous qualifications which have not been studied through the medium of English. The approximate guideline minimum English level required for entry at level 4 is "B2" on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This roughly equates to: • IELTS - an overall band score of 6.0, with none of the four skills below 5.5, or; • B2 First, formerly known as Cambridge English: First (FCE) **Please note that other English language certificates/qualifications are available, and may be considered, and the College looks at each applicant on an individual basis.**

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Course fees for the STCG 2020 intake are yet to be decided - please see course pages on individual college websites for further details.

Provider information

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South Thames Colleges Group
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Course contact details

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South Thames College Admissions

020 8918 7777