The Course

This programme is the ideal step into exploring your creative potential.

You will develop an understanding of the philosophy and theory behind design practice, explore visual research and develop visual communication techniques, including freehand perspective drawing, model making and use of colour within a project. Developing your creative skills via a range of modules will enable you to prepare for employment within the creative industry or progress on to a further year to complete an HND Art & Design (Interior Design).

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  • What You Study

    The Aim of the HNC Art & Design (3D Design) programme is to provide education and training for a career in the creative industries, offering a balance between the development of employable skills and the knowledge essential for students with entrepreneurial, employment or academic aspirations, allowing for flexibility of study and meeting local or specialist needs.

    • Graduates successfully completing the BTEC Higher National Certificate in Art and Design will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of Art and Design, with a focus on developing interior design skills, from the basics of sketchbook development, to utilising CAD and hand drawn visualisation techniques, whilst developing an understanding of creating 3D spatial arrangements for specific clients and user-groups
    • Students will be able to communicate accurately and appropriately and they will have the qualities needed for employment that requires some degree of personal responsibility, developing verbal and written communication skills as a result of interaction with their peers, tutors, professionals and practitioners both formally and informally
    • Students will develop a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, independent initiatives, organisational competence and problem-solving strategies, they will use a variety of creative visualisation methods along with written formats to articulate and synthesise their knowledge and understanding
    • They will be adaptable and flexible in their approach to Art and Design, show resilience under pressure, and meet challenging targets within a given resource, developing ideas through to outcomes that confirm the student's ability to think creatively, developing thought process and ability to select and use materials, processes and environments.


    Level 4 Modules:

    • Techniques & Processes
    • Contextual Studies
    • Professional Development
    • Individual Project (Pearson Set)
    • Surface Design
    • 3D Practices
    • Computer Aided
    • Design Materials & Structures.
  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants are required to have:

    • A minimum of 48 UCAS points
    • A portfolio
    • GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above, or an equivalent qualification
    • An appropriate academic reference

    UCAS points may be from qualifications such as A-Levels, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas, Access to HE Diplomas, and City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diplomas amongst others. Please click here to use the UCAS Tariff points calculator to determine the UCAS points value of your qualifications: 

    Life and/or experience of non-traditional students will be taken into account when considering applications. The successful completion of an entry task may be required when considering applications without the required formal entry qualifications.

    If first language is not English, or a Tier 4 student visa to study is required and GCSE grade C/4 English or equivalent is not held, English language proficiency level such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill) will need evidencing.

  • Contact Time

    Contact time includes approximately 12 hours a week to include lectures, seminars, practical workshops, and tutorials. Students are also expected to carry out a significant amount of independent study in addition to contact time (approximately 25-30 hours a week). Independent study includes reading around the subject, preparing for tutorials and seminars, completing module assessment tasks and preparation for presentations and submission of module assessment tasks; forming an essential part of a student’s learning journey.

  • Work Experience

    There are no formal work placements required by this programme, however relevant extra-curricular activity and/or work experience is encouraged of all students in order to enhance learning.

  • Learning and Teaching Approach

    This programme is delivered with a variety of learning and teaching approaches. For all modules, theory lectures are delivered that aim to deliver the core content and provide the underpinning knowledge. To complement the theory lectures, students have group seminars and practical workshop sessions that are used to reinforce concepts delivered theoretically.

    Sessions may be delivered in person or using remote platforms.

    The teaching methods focus on facilitating a student-centred approach to enhance the independent learning that takes place outside of the classroom.

  • How You're Assessed

    Students are assessed through a variety of methods including sketchbook development, research, case studies, essays, presentations and portfolios of work. Students also participate in critiques enabling them to explain their design thinking along with reasons and factors which shaped it, this useful formative assessment strategy informs the development of work in progress. Opportunities for feedback on assessments are available prior to the final submission to support student development and achievement. Staff aim to return assessed work within a 15 working day timeframe (not including holidays) in order that students can most benefit from their feedback.

  • Progression

    The programme is also designed to enable students to progress to further study. Graduates can progress onto Level 5 of the Higher National Diploma in Art and Design (Interior Design) which is available at Bishop Burton College.

  • Careers

    The programme provides a solid grounding in Art and Design. Students graduating from this programme could follow careers such as:

    • Interior Designer
    • Hotel Interiors
    • Retail interior designer
    • Exhibition designer
    • Graphic design opportunities
    • Freelance and entrepreneurial opportunities.
  • Equipment Required / Additional Costs

    • Students are required to have a range of drawing equipment and art materials such as an adjustable set square and scale ruler, drawing pens and pencils, paints, marker pens, crayons, masking tape, glue, scissors etc. You will also require a portfolio, sketchbooks and a range of paper
    • You may wish to invest in specific materials and resources and printing required for your projects
    • Trips and short courses may also be offered at extra cost
    • A suitable electronic device e.g. a laptop or tablet, with internet connectivity is required for accessing online learning
    • On successful completion of the programme, students have the opportunity to graduate at a ceremony wearing formal dress. The hire of the formal dress is an additional cost.
  • How to Apply

    Application for the full-time course is through UCAS using code HN3D and application to the part-time programme is through our online application form.

    Applications for the year you wish to study open in September the year before. Whilst UCAS advertise a January deadline, we continue to accept applications through to the September you wish to start with us, provided we have spaces available and the programme remains open.

  • Download Programme Guide

    Download our guide to find out more about the HNC Art and Design (3D Design) programme.

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