Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Fine Art

The Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Fine Art provides a specialist professionally oriented programme of study that covers the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in the fine art world and related contexts.

Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC Diplomas provide a nationally recognised qualification offering career progression and professional development for those already in employment and opportunities to progress into higher education.

** Please note, fees for 2018-2020 yet TBC**

Course Content

The HNC is a unitised course that is structured around a series of projects. These will include visual communication and Ideas generation techniques alongside a range of fine art and studio techniques such as Drawing & Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Installation, Digital and Time Based Media.
These are structured to take you through from the initial stages of research to realising your ideas through a variety of Fine Art Practices.

Subjects will be taught by a team of tutors who have professional specialist knowledge in these subjects. You will also be given guidance on good professional practice where you will have opportunities to show and present your work internally and externally throughout the year.

Context will also be a key aspect of this qualification where you will study cultural history that informs current thought and debate within art, craft and design. The emphasis will be on research, study skills and on you acquiring source material and knowledge. You will develop your knowledge of visual language through the critical analysis and evaluation of the work of contemporary and historic artists, craft workers and designers.

You will experiment with a range of traditional and non-traditional materials and processes, including digital image processing, and you will begin to understand the theoretical and practical knowledge of historical and contemporary ideas in your own work.

Your projects will also have a professional context and will allow you to present and promote a portfolio of work to professional standards.

Entry Requirements

Tutor approval is required for this course. Entry is by interview and a portfolio of work which demonstrates the ability to progress to a level 4 or level 5 qualification.

If you have recently been in education, we would also like you to have obtained one of the following:

- A Foundation Art & Design Diploma
- BTEC National qualification
- An alternative BTEC level 3 qualification in Art & Design
- GCE Advanced Level profile which demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or an adequate performance in more than one GCE subject.

This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C, other related level 3 qualifications, an Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution or related work experience.

If you are a mature learner you may present a more varied profile of achievement that might include work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualificaons.

We ask you to attend an English & maths screening test prior to being accepted onto the course. This is to make sure you will be able to understand the course materials and participate fully in the taught lessons.

First Class Requirements

Sketchbook, pencils, notebook

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance is essential to ensure that you keep up with the work and are in frequent contact with your tutor.

Assessment Methods

The course is assessed through a range of methods including portfolio and sketchbook work as well as blogs, reports and presentations,. There are deadlines for assignments throughout the course which you will need to meet to continue and gain the qualification.

Further Study Options

You could progress onto an undergraduate degree in the first or second year depending on the institution and your portfolio. There are also opportunities to progress into employment.

Additional Information

On your course there will be an additional fee for your materials, the majority of which will be available to purchase at the college. The estimated cost of your materials will be approximately £100 a year although this will vary depending on the kind of work and the amount of work you will produce.

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