HND in Fine Art

Course: BTEC HND Diploma in Fine Art
Code: QHNDL5FAR1/F011H
Location: Hartford Campus
Dates: 18/09/2017 to 25/05/2019
Fee: £5995.00
Hours/week: 12.00
Weeks: 30



01606 74444

What is the programme structure?

The course combines both traditional and contemporary approaches to fine art. You will cover a wide range of processes and techniques in art and design including visual communication, ideas generation and development, contextual and cultural referencing, professional practice, project design, implementation and evaluation. Specialist units range from painting, printmaking, sculpture, drawing and ceramics.

Who is the programme for?

The course has been designed to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in current and future employment or for progression to Year 2 or 3 of a Degree course at university. Some students may wish to make the commitment within Fine Art and become professional artists.

How long does it take to complete?
2 years full-time (2 days per week + tutorials by appointment).

What qualifications do I need?

UCAS Points Required: 80 points from Level 3 qualifications. For example: A levels; BTEC Extended Diploma; Access to HE Diploma; NVQ3. In addition, the Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art & Design is also required. GCSE English at Grade 4/5 or C equivalent is desired or be willing to work towards this qualification. Students who do not meet the admissions requirements will be considered for entry if they can demonstrate that they have the relevant vocational experience, motivation and personal qualities appropriate for this course.

What does it include?

Listed below is an example of units typically delivered but the Pearson Edexcel qualifications are modular, which allows a certain degree of flexibility and Mid Cheshire College will tailor the units to the needs and interests of the group.

Year 1
Unit 117 - Exhibition of Art Work
Unit 119 - Fine Art Painting
Unit 120 - Fine Art Printmaking
Unit 121 - Fine Art Sculpture
Unit 124 - Fine Art Ready-mades
Unit 130 - Drawing Techniques and Processes in Art and Design
Unit 1- Visual Communication in Art and Design HND Fine Art

Year 2
Unit 127 - Site-Specific Fine Art
Unit 128 - Commissioned Fine Art Work
Unit 2 - Ideas Generation and Development in Art and Design
Unit 133 – Personal Development through Drawing
Unit 5 - Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
Unit 118 - Management of Art Exhibition
Unit 3 – Contextual and Cultural Referencing in Art and Design

Covered over years 1 and 2 / assembled in year 2 for assessment
Unit 4 - Professional Practice in Art and Design
Unit 132- Development of a Fine Art Identity

Are there any special facilities for the programme?
The College has specialist state of the art design studios, where you can explore a range of materials, and processes in both 2D and 3D.

Will there be any extra costs involved?

Students may need to purchase specialist art materials and costs towards educational visits throughout the duration of the course. Optional educational visits are charged at cost as and when they arise.

Find out about tuition fees and additional course costs

How is the programme assessed?
On-going tutor assessment throughout the course. No formal exam. Formal assessments are externally moderated by the awarding body.

What award will I achieve?
Higher National Diploma in Art & Design

Examining/Validating Body:
Pearson Edexcel

What can I do next?

Key progression pathways from this industry recognised qualification are:

• Entry onto the second or third year of a Degree or Honours Degree programme (depending on the match of the HND units to the Degree programme in question).

• Entry to employment/self-employment in art and design.

• Opportunities for ‘Artists in Residence’.

Equal Opportunities:

Mid Cheshire College is committed to the implementation of a policy to achieve equality of opportunity for all staff, students and members of the community it serves. In doing so the College will actively work to achieve equality regardless of age, race, skin colour, disability, gender, marital status, sexuality and faith.

Additional Learning Support is available for HE students who declare a disability or a specific learning difficulty, and who have claimed the Disabled Student Allowance (DSA). See link below for details.

How do I get further information?

Contact the college on 01606 74444, visit the website or email

Apply online
For HND in Fine Art

All applicants wishing to apply for a Higher Education course at Mid Cheshire College must apply through UCAS – see the link below for help with the application process. Although the deadline is 15th January, we will consider late applications but advise applying by the end of April.

The only exception to this is for those applying for the employer-sponsored HNC/HND Engineering, who can complete the 19+ Application Form which can be downloaded here.

To find out more about the application process and how to write personal statements, follow the resources below.

Do you have any questions?
If there is anything you would still like to know about this course, please don't hesitate to ask us.

Money matters.
Depending upon your circumstances, you may be able to apply for financial support to help you during your studies. Find out more.