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Art & Design (Arts Practice) (Level 5 Higher National Diploma)

Pearson BTEC
Art & Design

Course Overview

This course offers you the opportunity to experience a range of Art Practices with a focus on Contemporary Fine Art, offering the chance to develop a personal visual language through exploration and experimentation with processes, materials and ideas. The course will expose you to some of the most contemporary practices in Fine Art including digital multimedia and installation work and will provide opportunities for you to exhibit your work to the public.The course will support both intellectual and practical skills development in a stimulating and friendly environment , offering an introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning as well as selected optional units. The course will encourage you to develop as a professional self- reflective individual who will be able to meet the demands of the creative industries sector. Throughout the course you will be required to reflect and evaluate your own personal and professional practice in the form of written submissions.This course requires independent study outside of the timetabled hours
  • Start Date
    1 Sep 2023
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    2 Years
  • Campus
    Strand Road

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Start Date
  • Course: Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma Art & Design (Arts Practice)
    Campus: Strand Road
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 01/09/2023

Course Offering

  • Site location Strand Road
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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 32: Professional Practice
  • Unit 33: Applied Practice Collaborative project ( Pearson - set)
  • Unit 40: Advanced Art Practice Studies
  • Optional Modules may change due to staffing and curriculum needs each year
  • Unit 28: Communication in Art and Design (Yr1)
  • Unit 63: Principles of Life drawing (Yr1)
  • Unit 64: Advanced Life Drawing (YR2)
  • Unit 52: Moving Image (Yr2)
  • Unit 48: Conceptual Practice (Yr2)
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

32 UCAS points at A-Level (must include Art or 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.You will be required to present a portfolio of work demonstrating your suitability and aptitude for this course at interview. Minimum age for entry is normally 18, which may be waived in exceptional cases.

ROI Requirements

32 UCAS points and 4 OLCs subjects at Leaving Cert (Grade 04 or above) which must include Art, English and Maths You will be required to present a portfolio of work demonstrating your suitability and aptitude for this course at interview. Minimum age for entry is normally 18, which may be waived in exceptional cases.

Work Placement

Students are not required to undertake work placement

What's Next?

Further Study

On completion of the course you can to progress into a relevant degree programme at university with exemption of Year 1 and 2 in some cases, or seek employment opportunities in this field.( University places are most often subject to interview)

Career Prospects

Professional Practicing Artist Gallery Assistant/ Curator Education/Teaching Studio assistant working within the Creative Industries.


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