HND Art and Design (Art Practice) // Level 5

This course is delivered in the Creative Studios at our Queen Alexandra Campus in Wallsend. The course is skills based and validated by Pearson, Edexcel, embracing a broad range of Fine Art activities.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 are utilised to teach and demonstrate a number of specialisms including Painting and Printmaking.

Units are devised to enable the development of appropriate skills, nurturing an underpinning framework for diverse approaches, which are process-led.  These include experimental methods of drawing, painting, sculpture and digital media.

During each year of their students will be given the opportunity to exhibit work, including temporary public art – works in place for 1 year in regional venues, providing an excellent platform for their creativity, which can be listed on students’ CVs.  In addition to both private and public commissions, artists find work in many industries, including artists residencies, selling work through commercial galleries, teaching, leading art groups in hospitals, running community arts programmes, illustration and working for galleries and museums. 

Some of the sessions are taught through demonstration (e.g. life drawing) as well as individual discussion/guidance.


    HND Art and Design(Art Practice) Year 1

    • 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

      HND Art and Design (Art Practice) Year 2

      • Unit 32: Professional Practice  
      • Unit 33: Applied Practice Collaborative Project (Pearson Set)
      • Unit 40: Advanced Art Practice
      • Unit 48: Conceptual Practice
      • Unit 50: Material Selection
      • Unit 56: Project Management     

      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, for example, a piece of permanent or temporary public art. These opportunities are unpaid, but great for your CV, helping to boost your employability in relation to paid commission opportunities for qualified artists after you graduate.

      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

      As an HND is a stand-alone higher education qualification, many graduating students apply to top up their qualification to BA Hons Degree. We have a long standing and successful progression pathway with Sunderland University, who take our students onto their 3rd year Fine Art degree programme. 

      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
      UCAS Code W900
      Classification HND
      Course Mode Full-time
      Level Level 5
      Duration Two Years
      Location Coast Road Campus
      Annual fee £6165.00 *
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