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Pearson BTEC HND Diploma Level 5 Art & Design

Course Structure

The Higher National Diploma (HND) in Art & Design at David Game College is a fast track pathway to a successful career in the creative industries.
 
Our two-year HND programme will cover a broad range of specialities including photography and graphic design. With a project structured approach, you will be encouraged to engage with a brief and develop your critical, analytical and technical skills.
 
The course is delivered with practical workshops, theory sessions and independent study. You will also have the opportunity to explore cultural and historical issues within the arts.
 

Art & Design - Graphic Design

 YEAR 1

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Graphic Design

Units

Level

Credit

Typography

4

15

Graphic Design Practices

4

15

Communication in Art & Design

4

15

Visual Narratives

4

15

Professional Practice

4

15

Contextual Studies

4

15

Pearson Set Project

4

15

Techniques & Processes

4

15

Total credits

 

120

YEAR 2

Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Certificate in Graphic Design

Units

Level

Credit

Advanced Graphic Design

5

30

Web Design

5

15

Art Direction

5

15

Material Selection & Specification

5

15

Professional Practice

5

15

Applied Practice Collaboration Project

5

30

Total credits

 

120


 

Art & Design - Photography

 

YEAR 1

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Photography

Units

Level

Credit

Lighting for Photography

4

15

Photography Practices

4

15

Darkroom Practice

4

15

Visual Narratives

4

15

Professional Practices

4

15

Contextual Studies

4

15

Pearson Set Project

4

15

Techniques and Processes

4

15

Total credits

 

120

YEAR 2 

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Photography

Units

Level

Credit

Advanced Photography Studies

5

30

Art Direction

5

15

Moving Image

5

15

Material Selection & Specification

5

15

Professional Practices

5

15

Applied Practice Collaboration Project

5

30

Total credits

 

120


Assessment

Formative assessment is a continuous component of the programme. Your coursework will develop into a working portfolio and select pieces will feature in a final year exhibition. Alongside practical projects you will also be assessed with group presentations, case studies and reflective academic essays.

Most units on the BTEC HND level courses are worth 15 UK credits. You will be expected to commit at least 150 notional hours towards completing the learning outcomes per unit. This usually consists of a combination of direct teaching time and independent study time (e.g. preparations for research, assessments and background reading).

Entry Requirements

UK and EU Students:

Candidates will need one of the following:

  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma, Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • 1 A level / 2 AS levels, BTEC Art Foundation Diploma or other Level 3 UK / Overseas qualification.
  • Applicants with significant work experience are also eligible for consideration following portfolio assessment and interview

International students:

  • Overseas learners must show proficiency in the English language and have an appropriate qualification equivalent to IELTS 5.5

Restrictions on learner entry

  • The BTEC Higher National qualifications are accredited on the RQF for learners aged 18 years and over

Admissions Process

David Game College will ensure that entry requirements are applied in accordance with institutional policy and that the admissions process will take the following format.

  • All applicants must complete an application form
  • Applicants will be subject to a personal interview where possible either by a member of the admissions team or approved agency (where this is not possible acceptance will be based on the information contained in the application form and any supporting documents)
  • If requested, applicants must provide two references in support of their suitability for the programme
  • Selection will be in the light of previous qualifications, past experience, and future aspirations
  • Mature entry applicants without the standard academic background will normally be interviewed to assess their suitability for the programme
  • Educational and employment references will be taken up wherever possible
  • All applicants must present original examination transcripts (English translation where necessary), or notarised copies and English Language examination transcripts (where applicable)

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Recognition

All our tutors are industry specialists and will ensure that you are ready for professional practice. A HND in Art & Design is a vocational qualification and widely recognised by a range of employers. Potential career options include work as an artist, graphic designer, illustrator, photographer or printmaker.

Completion of the course entitles students to continue their studies at university level. A vast selection of institutions offer top up degrees that enable HND applicants to gain a full degree after one year of study. For a comprehensive list of universities that offer top up degrees please follow the link below.

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Careers and Progression

 On successful completion of the Level 5 BTEC Higher National Diploma, you can develop your careers in the creative industries sector through:

  • Progressing to university 
  • Entering Employment

The focus on specialist pathways, at Level 4 and Level 5, provides students with a clear set of skills and goals for further study or entering employment. Students
complete a BTEC Higher National in Art and Design may find work in:

Pathways

Job Roles

 

Graphic Design

Graphic designer

Print Production

Webdesign studios

Animator

Creative Director

Illustrator

Design Agencies

Advertising Agencies

Magazine features editor

Fashion Design Studios

Branding Agencies

Publishing Companies

 

 

Pathway Job Roles  

Photography

Photographer

Magazine features editor

Medical illustrator

Press photographer

Fine Art Photographers

Advertising Agencies

Fashion Photographer

Photojournalist