Art & Design: HNC

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Qualification Qualifications Explained
Study Mode
Full Time

1 Academic Year

Start date
Aug 2024
East End
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Course overview

Are you ready for a vibrant and challenging creative art experience?

Our HNC Art and Design course will help you build on your existing skills and strengths to develop your own personal creative vision. You will learn from a broad base of art and design techniques in a range of media and materials. This will help your progress to a career in the Arts through successful articulation onto a diverse range of Higher Education degree programmes.

This course at Kelvin offers a more personal experience with smaller class sizes than larger institutions and the opportunity for collaboration with other college departments and outside groups

What you will learn

The course encourages experimentation and will equip you with a range of skills and techniques, a creative process and the vocabulary required at degree level. A critical component is the ability to develop ideas from conception to solution along with the capacity to verbalise and present concepts and work in a professional manner. Ongoing critiques, tutorials and reflective practice will help you to develop these skills.

You will also have the opportunity to develop skills in presenting your own and other artists’ work through regular seminars and exhibitions in our gallery space. We aim to prepare you as fully as possible for life at degree level or employment. It is a fundamental principle that you develop your own style, can work independently and that your portfolio reflects this ability.

Entry requirements

HNC year:

  • Minimum C grade pass in higher/advanced higher Art and Design
  • A/B grade pass in English at intermediate 2 or min C grade at higher
  • NC in Art and Design or related area (minimum 15 credit passes)

If you have an equivalent national qualification but no formal credentials, you will be assessed on your artwork and will be asked to give a short description of selected pieces chosen from your portfolio+

You must be 16 years or over at the start of the course commencement date.

For this course, if English is not your first language

  • you need to have SQA ESOL Higher (or equivalent)
  • If you do not have a formal ESOL qualification but your language skills meet this level, you should apply for your course and then contact our Admissions team to organise an internal language assessment  here at the College.

Career Opportunities

Career destinations include:

  • Own business
  • Careers as technicians
  • Junior managerial positions in the arts
  • Arts workers in community arts
  • Art teachers

Future prospects

Students who successfully complete the course are eligible to go progress into the HND year 2, which offers a fine art or digital art pathway. After successfully completing the course most of our students go on to study degree level at the following destinations:

  • Degree Courses: GSA; ECA; DJCAD; Grays; Heriot Watt; UHI, Cumbria; Birmingham; Wolverhampton; Leicester; Liverpool; Leeds; Goldsmiths; Falmouth; Farnham; St. Martins; Portsmouth; Huddersfield; Batley; Newcastle; Sunderland and Bristol.

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