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HND in Art & Design


Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Art & Design
Higher National Diploma (HND) in Art & Design

Course duration

HNC – one year, full time
HND – two years full time

The HND course is a Level 5 qualification and is equivalent of two years at university. It is currently the only higher education qualification offered on a full-timee basis but the College.



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Purpose of the Course

The HNC/D course is made up of a selection of units that offer you the best possible start to a career in the creative industries. The courses give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in creative experimentation, concept development and the exploration of your own individual perspective. 

These courses appeal to students seeking careers within the creative sector on the island. The programmes have been developed by working closely with local employers to identify essential skills required to be successful in the creative industries.

Course Outline

The one-year HNC and two-year HND are delivered through a blend of lectures, research and practical workshops. Your personal process and skills will be enhanced with a combination of tutorials, study visits, group critiques and studio practice. You will work on a range of challenging and industry-relevant projects that will develop your skills and understanding of the creative sector. Upon successful completion of the HNC course you can progress to HND in year two. These higher education courses will develop your ability to seek creative sector employment with confidence. You will practise your skills in a range of Art & Design subjects and develop your conceptual and critical thinking ability.

The College provides access to a range of creative and digital facilities including a state-of-the-art Mac suite and well equipped studios. Attendance will be 15 hours per week however, access to the higher education studio space will be available throughout College opening hours as the focus will be on independent and experimental learning.

Typical HNC modules  

  • Techniques and processes
  • Contextual studies
  • Material practices
  • Typography
  • Professional development
  • Art/design practice
  • Communication in art and design
  • Visual narratives

Additional HND modules

  • Professional practice
  • Conceptual practice
  • Advanced art/design practice
  • Applied practice collaborative project
  • Branding and identity
  • Creative entrepreneurship

Entry Criteria

96 UCAS tariff points from a relevant Level 3 qualification. Following an initial application, prospective students will be invited to attend an interview and to present their creative portfolio.

We also welcome applications from mature learners who may not have the necessary academic qualifications but are able to produce a portfolio of work.

Assessment Method

A wide range of assessments including practical project work, self-evaluation, technical journals/portfolios, exhibitions and written assessment.

Progression Opportunities

This programme is designed to ensure you are ready to progress into employment within the creative industry, or progress onto further specialist training programmes. 

The types of roles you might eventually seek are: Illustrator, Fine Artist, Graphic Designer, Designer, Animator, Filmmaker, Photographer, Arts Journalist,  Editor, Arts Officer, Creative Director, Games Designer, Architect, Advertising/ Marketing Director, Stylist, Interior Designer, ArtsTeacher/ Lecturer,  Fashion Designer, Gallery/Events Manager, Museum Curator.

Additional Learning Support

Some students may require additional support for a number of reasons. At the start of your course you will be asked to complete an initial assessment in order for us to identify any additional needs that you may have. During your course, your personal tutor will be able to guide you on how best to access support.

We can offer the following:

  • Progress Coaches
  • Learner Support assistance (1:1)
  • Learner Support assistance (group)
  • Learner Support assistance (drop-ins)
  • Specialist ESOL teaching
  • Study lab sessions
  • In-class support
  • Special arrangements for exams

Equality & Diversity

We welcome and celebrate the diversity of our student population. We value and recognise differences in race, gender, sexual orientation,  disability, religion or belief and age.  Our aim is to provide a learning environment that is inclusive and we are committed to removing conditions that put anyone at a disadvantage.


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