Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Art & Design (Graphic Design)

Course Overview

The course is studio led and you will be given time and guidance to develop your own work and areas of interest. It focuses on a broad range of fine art practice and you will learn a number of skills that are required to work in the art and design industry. Academic staff are practicing artists with national and international profiles. Their knowledge and experience is utilised to teach and demonstrate a number of specialisms including Painting and Printmaking.

All modules involve an element of contextual study and encourage artists research, reflection and analysis. Alongside core studies, you are encouraged to engage with the local community and you are provided with opportunities to go for commissions and exhibitions, ensuring that you gain valuable experience, for example, a piece of permanent or temporary public art. This is great for your CV and helps to boost your employability.

An appropriate BTEC National Diploma in Design; or an appropriate Access to HE qualification; or a BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies; or two AS Levels and one A Level, including an Art and Design subject. You will be expected to bring a portfolio of work that reflects your to the subject. Applicants without formal qualifications/with appropriate work experience or other can apply. An interview required.

Unit 1: Professional Development
Unit 2: Contextual studies
Unit 3: Individual Project
Unit 4: Techniques & Processes
Unit 15: Media Practices
Unit 16: Materials, Practices
Unit 17: Art Craft Product
Unit 22: Printmaking

As an HND is a stand-alone higher education qualification, many graduating students apply to top up their qualification to BA Hons Degree.Upon completion you may seek employment in a variety of Graphic Design related roles. We have a long standing and successful progression pathway with Sunderland University, who take our students onto their 3rd year Graphic Design degree programme.

Assessment is through assignments and work submitted, which is assessed each semester, with an external examiner visit at the end of the academic year.

In the coming months before commencing your studies please contact the Programme Leaders (or this can be programme support teams etc) if we can offer any further guidance before joining us:

Programme leader contact: Paul Harvey
Programme leader contact email: Paul.Harvey@Tynecoast.ac.uk

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