When & Where

  • Orange calendar icon 19 September 2022 - 28 June 2024 ( 480 hours, 60 weeks )
  • Orange map marker icon Chelsea Centre

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Course Code C22FATC05A

What you will learn

The HND in Art and Design (Art Practice pathway) is an Illustration, Drawing and Printmaking course developed to enable its students to interrogate 2D practices across a range of both traditional and cutting-edge processes. With a focus on hands-on, process-based expertise, the course is designed to develop your skills and knowledge of a broad range of primarily 2D practices with interrogation into each method so you can test, develop and refine work to understand the various intricacies of each method of production.

At Level 5 study we aim for you to develop as a specialist, so your briefs will allow you to respond to what drives your work, and focus on what matters most to you. As this course is broad and experimental in its approach, you will be able to develop your work into a range of outcomes depending on your own personal direction.

With drawing studios and a fully equipped print-room, you will have the opportunity of learning from experienced tutors, who are industry experts and dedicated to their disciplines, knowing both traditional hand rendered techniques, through to cutting edge digital practices.

Our workshops cover a breadth of practice from exploratory beginnings to finished works, including a wide variety of print techniques, traditional and experimental image making and drawing skills which will include advanced life drawing, landscape and technical drawing for industry; and the practical application of the creative skills learned to produce exhibitions, editioned works, zines and artists books.

During your HND you will advance your practice towards a final body of work, and your self-negotiated brief will allow you to define your methodology and realise your personal aims.

This supports broad, diverse and experimental practices and gives our students all the skills needed to become independent creative practitioners.

Class format and activities

A blend of in college practical activities and workshops supported by online tutorials via Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams.
There is a strong focus on practical, technical skills and developing personal independent working practices. Delivery from our academic and technical team is complemented by masterclasses, industry input and presentations. Students benefit from a high level of contact time with tutors.
Technical skill development will be supported by tutorials to push individualised practices. This will also be supplemented with industry visits, and masterclasses.
Independent study will also develop student autonomy and ownership necessary for progression into practice.

Entry requirements

Entry is established at 48 UCAS points equivalent achieved through:
- Access to Higher Education Diploma
- A levels
- BTEC at level 3

With GCSE English grade 4 or C minimum, GCSE Maths is desirable

Direct entry into Year 2: We are happy to consider applications for direct entry onto the second year of study from those who have already completed and been certificated on the associated HNC at level 4. Applicants will be asked to supply their Pearson ID number available on their certificate or transcript.

What you need to know before you enrol

The course has a focus on commercial practices which can be applied to a range of specialist pathways, therefore an understanding of which pathways are of particular focus to you (such as Illustration or Surface print) would be advantageous.
You will also be required to create design, development and research work independently outside of studio sessions to enable you to utilise your time in studio effectively.

What you need

Information on equipment and materials required will be provided before the start of the course.

What you can do next

Upon completion of this course, students are able to progress into Level 6 qualifications, including the BA (Hons) Top-up at Chelsea. Students may also progress into industry employed in professions including illustrator, designer, design assistant, among others.

As the HND programme includes collaborative practice and entrepreneurship, you will also be able to set up as an independent artist, supported with a thorough understanding of your place within your contemporaries.

This is a desirable and much needed set of skills for positions within industry where working knowledge of current industry position can set you apart; whether as a creative producer or behind the scenes as a buyer or curator.