Pearson BTEC HNC in Art and Design (Arts Practice)

This exciting and dynamic full-time 1 year course has an emphasis on learning and developing skills current to the creative and visual arts industry with the aim of increasing your employability and progression opportunities. The programme is fine art based and is suitable for students progressing from Foundation diploma or A levels or more mature students who are looking to retrain within the creative and visual arts. The Arts Practice course will allow students from a variety of disciplines a place to experiment and create using skills and knowledge learnt to discover and develop your individual abilities and strengths within a creative practice.



Academic Year: 2023/24

Course Code: 10632

Campus: Bangor

Study Type: Full-Time

Education Level Higher Education

Sessions

The following sessions are open for application on this course:

Campus & Course Type Start
Full-Time
Bangor
28/08/2023

Course Structure

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Art and design - Arts Practice

Level 4

  • Core unit Mandatory - 1 Professional Development
  • Core unit Mandatory - 2 Contextual Studies
  • Core unit Mandatory - 3 Individual Project – Pearson set
  • Core unit Mandatory – 4 Techniques and Processes
  • Specialist unit Mandatory – 15 Media Practices
  • Specialist unit Mandatory – 16 Material Practices
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Additional units of study [2 of the following]

  • Unit 28 Communication in art and design
  • Unit 30 Surface Design
  • Unit 31 Visual Narratives

The units will be delivered through a series of assignments that will be carried out either individually or in small groups. The majority of studio practice is usually completed individually due to the nature of contemporary art and design practice. The practical work is supported by contextual and theoretical studies which helps put your practice into context.

Throughout the programme you will be required to learn and demonstrate both technical skills and critical judgement which will inform your work. You will be supported in the process of developing and maturing your ideas and concepts, being able to present them in visual, written, and verbal form.

Contact Hours

15 hours contact time to include practical classes, group work, lectures, seminars, visits, workshops, exhibitions or tutorials. Student workload usually includes 2 to 3 assessments per module.   

Personal Study

A further 20 hours maximum studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, and use of online material.

Entry Requirements

GCSE 

  • GCSE English Grade C or above OR Pass in Level 2 Essential Skills Literacy
  • GCSE Maths Grade C or above OR Pass in Level 2 Essential Skills Numeracy

UCAS

  • A minimum of 32 UCAS points at A level which must include a grade C pass or above at A2 moving image arts/media related subject
  • A BTEC foundation Diploma in Art and Design with a M profile
  • BTEC/OCR Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design with a MP profile. 

International requirements

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
  • IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (minimum of 5.5 in all skills) 
  • PTE 51 or approved equivalent test in English

Equivalent qualifications include:

  • Grade C (or above) in GCSE English
  • Successful completion of a Level 3 Vocational Programme with assessments completed in English Language
  • Essential Skills in Literacy (Level 2)
  • ESOL Level 2

Tier 4 Students:

  • SERC will only accept a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for issuing a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) 

Admissions

Successful completion of the admissions process

APEL

Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning. Further details on APEL can be found in the admissions section 

How will I be assessed and given feedback?

Students are assessed using a range of different methods. These include examinations, coursework, Project Based Learning, presentations, exhibitions, practical, role-play, and case studies.  This is dependent on the requirements of each unit of study.  Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.

The course is highly practical, but it also demands academic ability. We use Project Based Learning (PBL) approaches which give you industry relevant experiential learning. 

Where will it take me?

Successful completion of the HNC Art and design course may provide you with the opportunity to complete a further year leading to the Level 5 HND in Art and Design programme. The course aims to help students to develop industry connections through a strong programme of masterclasses, practical workshops and industry visits. The teaching team all work within the creative arts in Northern Ireland and can offer advice and support to those seeking employment or further study in the field of creative industries. 

This course will prepare you for either application for progression to HND/degree study or for employment within the broad spectrum of the visual arts field.

How will it make me more employable?

The HNC course has been designed to provide students with a strong theoretical and practical background to working in art practice. The combination of knowledge and skills students acquired on the HNC are all transferable into an industry setting.

Gaining a vocational qualification demonstrating your technical competence.

Gaining a Personal Development qualification demonstrating your employability skills (communication, teamwork, critical thinking).

Gaining hands on experience through Industry focussed assignments (PBL). 

Strengthening your ability to be self-reliant and self-motivated.  

As well as gaining a recognised qualification you will take part in employability skills workshops and gain skills in teamwork, commitment, IT, and problem solving.

 

Additional Costs

Field trips and gallery visits are not compulsory, however there are occasions when lecturers will recommend exhibitions or workshop visits, they deem supportive to the students' studies.  The department recognises the importance of providing students with the opportunity to see professional works, both locally and internationally.  Field trips do not have a direct impact on individual academic success.  Costings for field trips are based on the confirmed total number of students wishing to partake.  

A materials list will be sent to students once accepted onto the course with specific requirements.  This will include;

  • A standard kit of art materials such as sketch books, paints, brushes, pencils, pens. Approx. £100
  • A digital SLR camera. Approx. £150 upwards
  • A portfolio case with sleeves A3 or above dependent on own practice. Approx. £40-£60
  • A memory cards for both video and audio files approx. £25.  

In addition, students will be expected to partake in gallery/museum/workshop visits. Students are asked to budget approx.

Accreditation
The course is provided and regulated by Pearson.

Course Modules

Core unit Mandatory - 1 Professional Development

Core unit Mandatory - 2 Contextual Studies

Core unit Mandatory - 3 Individual Project – Pearson set

Core unit Mandatory – 4 Techniques and Processes

Specialist unit Mandatory – 15 Media Practices

Specialist unit Mandatory – 16 Material Practices

 

Additional units of study [2 of the following]

Unit 28 Communication in art and design

Unit 30 Surface Design Unit

31 Visual Narratives

Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

Available Sessions Summary

The following sessions are open for application on this course:

Campus & Course Type Start
Full-Time
Bangor
28/08/2023

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