NSCG | HNC Art and Design
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Course overview

This exciting qualification offers you a broad introduction to creative practice through a series of exciting, hands on practical projects
relevant to Art and Design employment sectors. You'll work in areas including ceramics, 3D, fine art, print, surface pattern and digital image manipulation. The programme will effectively build confidence and knowledge as you move towards a broad specialism. Portfolio construction and professional presentation techniques will be developed on the course, as will your academic essay writing and research skills. By the end of the year, you will have developed a portfolio of work to show future employers; or be ready for a second year HND programme in which you can really finesse your skills.

What else do I need to know?

The course is taught by expereinced practicing artists, designers and craftspersons with a wealth of information to offer you on routes into creative career pathways after college. Live briefs will help you learn to present yur ideas, manage projects and develop communication and presentation skills. We'll introduce you to a range of visiting speakers and help you make and sell your work in local galleries. Visits to artist and designer studios and galleries will be an enriching part of your experience on the programme.

What are the entry requirements?

Typically, you will need to have completed a relevant BTEC Extended Diploma course in an Art and Design subjects, Or 2 A Levels at grade C (at least one in an Art and Design subject), or a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. The College also welcomes applications from mature students and students with relevant experience but without formal qualifications. Those already working within the creative industries who wish to obtain accreditation for their skills and to enhance them may also apply. All prospective students will be interviewed, by a specialist lecturer. You will need to bring either a portfolio of work to interview, or provide a link to an online digital portfolio for us to view. This will help us offer you the best guidance possible.

How is it assessed?

The course is assessed on units submitted at regular assessment points throughout the academic year, in line with the Pearson exam board's guidelines. Selected units and work is sampled and externally moderated to ensure national standards are upheld. Most importantly, you'll be offered helpful advice on improving your work whenever you need it by our talented specialist staff team.

What financial support is on offer?

There are two types of loans to help students cover the costs of their higher education course in college: tuition fee loans and living cost loans (also called maintenance loans). You pay these loans back when you finish your course and earn over £26,575. If you earn less than that, you won’t have to repay anything. If you’re earning more than that, we’ll work out your repayments at 9% of your income over that amount. Maintenance loans are only available to students studying on a full-time basis. They are not available for students studying on a part-time basis. For full details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance

What can I do next?

You could continue onto a more specialised, or a multi disciplinary HND programme. You could also apply for employment or go freelance, using the portfolio of work gained in the HNC year to showcase your abilities.

How do I find out more?

If you wish to find out more you can contact Cheryl Smith, Course Leader by emailing: cheryl.smith@nscg.ac.uk

Creative Arts, Film & Media

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