Art & Design

HND Art & Design

HND Art & Design

The purpose of HND Art & Design course is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the creative industries sector and adapt to a constantly changing world.

This is a course which will suit people who have a real interest, commitment and skills in a wide range of Visual Art specialisms. It will provide opportunities for learners to focus on the development of higher skills in an art, craft and design context.

The HND Art & Design course is intended for anyone with a passion for art and is looking for a potential future professional career in the visual arts sector. It is aimed at any student who wishes to develop their skills in painting, drawing, sculpture, print making and photography.

HND Art & Design

Encompassing a whole spectrum of art and design methods, the HND involves the pursuit of visual languages and imagery that hold particular meaning and significance to the artist/designer. You will also gain the knowledge and skills to embark on a career in the creative, design and cultural industries, opportunities for work-based learning and experience in design. This programme provides creative arts and cultural industries, an opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification in two years of full-time study and a progression route to the final year of appropriate honours degree programmes.

The HND Art & Design course is designed to provide highly relevant, specialised studies utilising industry standard equipment and vocational expertise that will prepare you for a range of potential careers within the Art and Design field.  Over the course of two years you will develop a substantial personal portfolio and also take part in an exhibition of your own work. In the second year you will be directed towards how to best prepare for employment within the creative industries or how to take the next step into the final year of a full degree. HND in Art & Design are followed predominately by full-time learners. They allow progression into or within employment in the art, craft and design sector, either directly on achievement of the award or following further study to degree level.

Course Length: 2 years;

Start dates: February / July / October;

HND Art & Design

Course Structure

Year 1

  • Visual Communication in Art and Design
  • Ideas Generation and Development in Art and Design
  • Contextual and Cultural Referencing in Art and Design
  • Design Method
  • Products, Marketing and Advertising Media
  • Personal Style in Graphic Design
  • Typographic Skills
  • Employability Skills

Year 2

  • Professional Practice in Art and Design
  • Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
  • Corporate Identity in Graphic Design
  • Management of the Design and Production Process
  • Digital Image Creation and Development
  • Ideas in Context
  • Business Practice in Art and Design
  • Communication with Images in Art and Design

* The units can vary, depending on the optional modules which your institution will choose for the course structure.

The student experience on the HNC/HND programme will be approximately an equal division between traditional lectures and practical and assignment work.

Formal presentations – which reflect professional practice and provide opportunities for the development of transferable communication skills together with intellectual skills, such as critical analysis and evaluation.

Written Assignments – which provide opportunities for students to demonstrate competencies in research techniques, critical evaluation and transferable skills.……………………

Local projects – which provide excellent opportunities for students to demonstrate effective self-managed learning whilst demonstrating a full broad range of competencies from technical skills and research through to independence of thought and critical analysis.

Practical Workshops – which provide opportunities for skills acquisition.

Individual and group tutorials – which provide opportunities to confirm and consolidate.

The course aims to provide opportunities for you to gain a nationally recognised qualification to enter employment or progress to higher education such as a full-time degree in art, craft and design or related areas.

There are a wide variety of careers available in the creative industries and this is a growth area nationally. There are a range of other jobs in the creative industries where an art and design related qualification are often required and these include arts administrator, arts education officer, community arts worker, art therapist, art value, archivist, medical illustrator, art gallery worker, forensic photographer, web designer and model maker, professional artist, freelance designer in industrial/ product design, graphic design, packaging design, glass design, exhibition design, interior and spatial design. Other types of career opportunities can include textile designer, animator, conservation or restoration work, advertising agency art direction, museum or gallery curation.

  • Minimum Age: 18 years old;
  • Applicants are required to submit proof of prior certificated learning (e.g. Secondary School Diploma/Baccalaureate/Level 3 qualification) or relevant work experience;
  • Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language;
  • An interview with the college is compulsory prior student registration.
  • Applicants must bring their original certificates when coming for registration;


The Tuition Fee of the course will vary depending on the institution you wish to study in, as well as your status in the UK. The course is available for UK/EU and International Students as well. Please contact us to find out the tuition fee for a specific course you’d like to know about.

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If you are an UK/EU citizen or living in the UK on Indefinite stay, you can receive support from the government via Student Loan Company to cover tuition fees and some living costs while studying, depending on your circumstances. Tuition fee loans, to cover the full cost of your course, are paid directly to the course provider. Maintenance loans can be applied for at the same time, lending you money at the start of each term. You won’t have to pay back the loan until after your course, when you’re earning above a certain level.  Students can still apply for grants if they’re eligible for certain benefits, disabled, or need help with childcare costs.