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Fine Art BTEC HND

This full-time qualification is designed to engage you with the development of your personal identity through an opportunity to explore a wide range of ideas, techniques, languages and media within fine art. This course will focus on building both specialist and multi-disciplinary skills, as well introducing you to a range of contemporary art, artists and theory. You will study core and specialist units, with the emphasis on building a creative portfolio that can be used to develop prospective exhibition opportunities, as a vehicle for gaining work with a range or prospective employers, or as a possible basis for gaining entrance to a final year of a degree programme. You will be encouraged to develop a highly-individual, ideas-based portfolio, pursuing your personal specialist interests from theory to materials and techniques. You will regularly engage with ‘live projects’ and talks, and an impressive track record of exhibiting work and engaging with commissions.

Full-time

Luana

I studied the Art & Design FD course at Bedford College and enjoyed it so much I wanted to progress on to the HND.  I did consider going to university, but thought it was best to do the first two years of my degree at college and then do a top-up third year at university, as I felt I needed the extra support college gives.  Plus, the cost was more reasonable than university - it was £4,000 a year for me, whereas university would have been £9,000, so I felt I was getting much better value for money.                                     

I particularly enjoyed the commission work we did for Bedford Borough Council.  I found it very rewarding and now have one of my sculptures in a local park.  The original commission was to design sculptures that could be placed inside and outside the labyrinth at Priory Park in Bedford.  I created something made out of recycled mahogany and teak.  I like bringing materials back to life and creating something beautiful out of discarded objects. I was delighted when my sculpture was selected to be positioned outside the labyrinth and then it was transferred to a permanent location at Harrold-Odell Country Park.

The skills you learn on this course, and particularly when undertaking real commissions, are invaluable.  It’s definitely improved my problem solving skills and made me more confident about how I approach my work.  I now feel ready for university and in September I’ll be doing a top-up year at the University of Westminster in London, so I’ll have a full BA Honours in Fine Art. 

Luana - Fine Art HND

Featured on The Guardian’s 'End of year favourites'

Painting by former student Emma Richardson

“The uncanny is frightening because it is not known. Children, especially little girls, signify a non-threatening vulnerability and when this is combined with the uncanny it can disturb our mental and emotional responses, as we generally seek to protect and nurture the young.”

Emma Richardson, former Fine Art HND student

Entry requirements

To begin this course you will need:

  • Fine Art HNC, AND
  • Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, OR
  • National Diploma in an Art & Design subject, OR
  • an equivalent Level 3 qualification, OR
  • relevant professional experience.

Applicants from A Level programmes displaying high levels of creativity will also be considered, as will mature students, who will be considered individually on experience rather than qualifications. Entry will also be subject to a successful interview, where you will be asked to present a portfolio of your creative work, including sketchbooks.

This course is best suited to candidates who can provide evidence of the ability and/or potential to:

  • Work imaginatively in fine art
  • Engage with contemporary fine art theory
  • Generate and develop creative ideas in response to a wide range of briefs
  • Articulate and communicate their creative intentions clearly
  • Show willingness to collaborate and discuss their work in group situations
  • Reflect critically on their activities and learning, and demonstrate intellectual enquiry
  • Embrace new ways of thinking and engage with a range of techniques and materials.

Course content

During this course you will study the following core compulsory units:

  • Visual Communication
  • Ideas Generation and Development
  • Contextual and Cultural Referencing
  • Professional Practice.

You will also study from a range of specialist units, including:

  • Digital Image Creation and Development
  • Exhibition of Art Work
  • Management of Art Exhibitions
  • Fine Art Painting
  • Fine Art Sculpture
  • Fine Art Printmaking
  • Time-based Artwork
  • Fine Art Ready-mades
  • Site-specific Art Work
  • Commissioned Art Work
  • Drawing in Fine Art
  • Development of a Fine Art Identity
  • Development of a Fine Art Language
  • Personal Development Through Drawing.

Some of these units are likely to be combined to form a final major project with unit five, Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation. In total you will study sixteen units on this course. As the course progresses you will be expected to develop more independence and autonomy, and negotiate a personal learning plan to support your practice.

Assessment methods

You will work with a range of specialist lecturers, including practising designers, in well-equipped studios and workshops. Project briefs are set for each assignment, and you are encouraged to develop a personal response to each task. All activities are supported through one-to-one tutorials and group discussions to inform you of personal progress and to aid assessment. Assessment is continuous throughout the course, with assignments graded at the end of each task.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of the HND you will have the option to top up the qualification to a full Bachelor’s degree at university or enter employment.

Additional information

Additional costs

  • Provision of basic art & design equipment such as: paint brushes, clay, plaster, wood, canvas, and any additional consumable materials demanded by personal project requirements.
  • Resource fee of £150 to cover acrylic paint, oil paint, mediums, and printing/ink costs.
  • Train fares for visits by train to London (normally up to two a year).
  • A digital camera is advantageous but not essential.

To enrol on this course you must apply through the University & Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) using the institution code BEDF B23 and the course code 001W. Visit www.ucas.com or call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Course information & how to book

You will need to complete a UCAS online application form to apply for this course, available at www.ucas.com. The codes needed are located in the 'Additional information' section above. Please call the College on 01234 291000 if you have any queries about your application.

LengthStart DateFees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years 21/09/2017 £5040 Cauldwell Street L513

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Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, problems with English and Maths, are deaf or hearing impaired, or missing the essential skills needed to complete your course, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

Accessibility
We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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