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Art and Design (Arts Practice) (Yr 1 of 2) (Level 4 Higher National Certificate)

Art & Design

Course Overview

This HNC course offers you as a student the opportunity to experience aspects of 2D and 3D Art and Design disciplines with a focus on drawing, painting, sculpture, print, digital media, contextual referencing and professional practice,(commonly know as Fine Art disciplines) You will be offered the chance to develop a personal visual language through experimentation with processes, materials and ideas and will be encouraged to develop your own personal visual language within art and design. You will be taught through a combination of studio based practical workshops and lecturers over 1 day in college but will be required to undertake independent study outside of college on a weekly basis developing ideas and techniques.Building on previous experience in Art and Design the course is designed to deepen students knowledge across a broad vocational and academic base. 8 Modules will be taught over the 2 years (4 each year) optional modules are subject to change due to curriculum delivery and staffing.
  • Start Date
    13 Sep 2021
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    34 Weeks
  • Campus
  • Course Code

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Start Date
  • Course: BTEC Higher National Certificate Level 4 in Art and Design (Arts Practice) (Yr 1 of 2)
    Campus: Limavady
    Type: Part Time
    Start Date: 13/09/2021

Course Offering

  • Site location Limavady Main St
  • Dates 13/09/2021 - 16/06/2023
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Course Modules

  • Unit 1: Professional Development
  • Unit 2: Contextual Studies
  • Unit 3: Individual Project (Pearson set)
  • Unit 4: Techniques and Processes
  • Unit 15: Media Practices
  • Unit 16: Material Practices
  • Unit 5: 3D Practices
  • Unit 22: Printmaking
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

32 UCAS points at A-Level (must include Art or an Art related subject) together with 4 GCSEs (Grade C or above) to include Art, Maths and English (Level 2 Essential Skills in Numeracy and Literacy will also be accepted); OR Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design, Level 3 Art and Design Foundation Diploma or equivalent Level 3 qualification.We also welcome applications from mature students who will be considered individually based on experience rather than qualifications.All students must attend for interview and present a portfolio of work to A2standard, demonstrating aptitude and suitability to the course.

ROI Requirements

32 UCAS points and 4 OLCs subjects at Leaving Cert (Grade 04 or above) which must include Art, English and Maths. We also welcome applications from mature students who will be considered individually based on experience rather than qualifications. All students must attend for interview and present a portfolio of work to A2 standard, demonstrating aptitude and suitability to the course.

Work Placement

You are not required to participate in work experience for this course

What's Next?

Further Study

On successful completion of the HNC students can progress to the L5 HND in Art and Design (Art Practice) at NWRC or can apply to a relevant degree programme at university with exceptions from year 1 in some cases. (University places would be subject to students meeting certain criteria during interview)

Career Prospects

Successful completion of the course will enhance your opportunities to develop as a professional artist accepting private commissions and engaging in Gallery exhibitions. Work for local arts centers or work within the education sector.


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    Ryan was one of 90 local construction apprentices who competed at the Construction and Industry Training Board (CITB) regional finals, which took place at our Greystone Campus in Limavady. He will now go on to represent Northern Ireland at Skills Show UK, and potentially Worldskills 2019 in Russia.
    Ryan Carlysle
  • Image of Leroy Grant
    There’s such a social and friendly atmosphere at the college. My lecturers are extremely supportive and the facilities are first class.
    Leroy Grant

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