When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Multiple
  • Course Code K24MCAF03A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Personal and professional development is a key area within the highly competitive fields of art, craft and design. Our HNC Professional Development course will prepare you with the necessary skills for progression through career pathways. You will gain skills to communicate ideas through visual, and written statements, as well as oral presentations, and gain knowledge essential for various art and design careers. Our studios include industry-standard equipment to enable students to gain hands-on knowledge of specialist materials and techniques, guided by a team of subject specialist tutors. The North Kensington Centre has specialist studios in glass, jewellery, ceramics and Interior design, and our teams of lecturers in these areas are both qualified tutors and practising designers and makers. The course will include access to this range of resources and expertise allowing time for you to develop your professional skills. The course will bring other opportunities from visiting designer-makers and guest lecturers to expose students to a range of creative techniques and career possibilities, gaining real-life knowledge and understanding. Students will exhibit work throughout the year, resulting in a wide-ranging portfolio from which to begin a creative career path.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Communicate ideas through visual, written, and oral presentations
  • Gain knowledge essential for various art and design careers
  • Learn how technologies are transforming and applied in the creative industries
  • Explore diverse roles and the importance of collaboration at all levels

On successful completion of the course, you will achieve the following qualification: BTEC Higher National Certificate in Art and Design [EDEXCEL]

Class format and activities

Talks, listening assignments, demonstrations, note taking, practical workshops, group work, in-class group discussions

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from anyone capable of reaching the standards required by the qualification. We offer places based on a portfolio and/or experience. All students are expected to have a basic standard of computer literacy. Applicants will be invited for interview to discuss their work and experience in more detail.

What you need to know before you enrol

The HNC is a one-year course, with three taught days per week, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday plus additional workshop hours. Students are also expected to complete homework outside of college time. The College has a range of specialist resources to support the delivery of the programme. You will have access to computers, scanners and printers in the HND department and in the College’s learning centre. Students will be assessed through graded projects and coursework; collaborative or interdisciplinary group work, case study projects, assignments and reflective journals.

What you need

You will need access to a laptop or PC. Relevant textbooks and other learning materials will be required for the course, it is recommended that students have their own tools and protective clothing; your tutor will provide you with full details.

What you can do next

Continue your education at Level 5 at Morley Waterloo.


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