HNC in Art and Design (Art Practice) // Level 4

This course is delivered at our Queen Alexandra Campus in Wallsend. 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.

Modules (Year 1 & 2)

    • 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

    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.

    Entry requirements

    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 commitment to the subject. Applicants without formal qualifications/with appropriate work experience or other qualifications can apply. An interview is required.


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

    Progression & Careers

    HNC students have the option of topping their qualification up to an HND with a further year of study. Upon completion you may seek employment in a variety of Fine Art related roles, including working for commercial galleries, commissions and artists' residencies.

    Further Information

    The Art and Design Teams busy making preparations for the start of your programme in September 2021. Covid-19 has challenged the delivery of programmes. At QA we have developed an effective approach to your programme of study, blending face-to-face and online teaching. Our experience has shown that this method opens new learning opportunities for all, enabling you to develop graduate skills such as time management, self-care and workload prioritisation, with support from the Art and Design team and wider college services available to you.

    Art practical sessions will continue to be taught. This approach will ensure you develop your skills on campus. In addition, some theoretical lectures will be delivered online using conference technology (Microsoft Teams).

    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: Sandra Earl

    Programme leader contact email:

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    Course detail
    Classification HNC
    Course Mode Part-time
    Level Level 4
    Duration Two years
    Location Coast Road Campus
    Annual fee £2260.00
    Start September