HNC in Art Practice (Fine Art) // Level 4

This course is delivered at our Queen Alexandra Campus in North Shields. 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 life drawing and sculpture.


  • Visual communication in Art & Design
  • Ideas generation and development in Art & Design
  • Contextual and cultural referencing in Art & Design
  • Professional practice in Art & Design
  • Fine Art painting OR sculpture
  • Site-specific Art
  • Drawing in Fine Art
  • Development of Fine Art language

Weekly Art History sessions are also delivered, encouraging you to evaluate your practice. 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.

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