Art and Design HND Level 5

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    Full Time

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    Two Years

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    September 2019


The Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in Art and Design is a work-related qualifications for students taking their first steps into employment, or for those already in employment and seeking career development opportunities.

The purpose of Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Art and Design 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.

The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them. This qualification has been designed to meet the needs of the contemporary creative industries. This dynamic and rapidly changing sector of the global economy covers a wide range of subjects, including those of art and design. The pathways of this qualification are intended to provide students with opportunities to explore the creative industries through a focused curriculum that prepares them for further degree-level studies or working in the industry.

What will I do?

During the Level 5 HND in Art and Design the core units you will study are:

  • Professional Practice
  • Applied Practice Collaborative Project

Plus a mandatory units from a ‘specialist pathway’:

  • Advanced Art Practice Studies

Plus three chosen optional units that will be discussed with your tutor to suit your preferred pathway.

You will have access to Boston College's art and design facilities which include, printmaking, paper making, drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles and fashion, photography, Apple Mac computers and industry standard software, digital SLR cameras, iPads, film making, photography studio, darkroom, TV studio, Library, art shop, studio space and computer suites.

The entry qualifications for the Level 5 HND in Art and Design are a Merit or Distinction at Level 3 in a related subject, or Access to HE qualification, or an A level equivalent (minimum 80 new UCAS points) in related subjects.

You will also need to have GCSEs in English and Maths at grade 4 (C) or above, or Functional Skills Level 2 and/or minimum IELTS score of 6.

Individual cases will be considered, as well as relevant work experience will also be taken in to consideration if you fall outside of any of the above entry qualifications.

If you are concerned about the above entry requirements an alternative course available is the Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design.

The Level 5 HND in Art and Design will take you two years to complete. You will attend College for two days a week.

You will also need to undertake around 60 independent study hours per unit within the HND. This will include reading, and completing the assessment tasks.

The Level 5 HND in Art and Design course fees will be:
HNC, Year 1 (2018) - £5550
HND, Year 2 (2019) - £5550

Fees may vary depending on personal circumstances, please enquire for further information.

You can apply for a student loan to cover the costs of course fees. You may also be able to apply for various grants and loans to support your learning. Specific advice regarding student loans and other benefits can be obtained from

The careers team based in College can also assist your application. Please contact them via the Information Line on 01205 313218.

International and EU Students, please contact the International Office on +44 (0)1205 313212 or for details on fees.

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

The assessment of Pearson's Higher National qualifications are criterion-referenced and you will provide evidence in the form of assignments which are assessed against the unit learning outcomes and assessment criteria.

All units are individually graded as a pass, merit or distinction. A pass is awarded for the achievement of all outcomes against the specified assessment criteria. Merit and distinction grades are awarded for higher level achievement.

The Level 5 HND in Art and Design is 56% Practical and 44% Theory based. You will be assessed through group work, case studies, course work, presentations and work based evidence.

Upon completion of the Pearson HND in Art and Design you can develop your career in the creative industries sector through entering employment, continuing existing employment or progressing on to a full BA (Hons) in Art and Design.

Additional costs may include:
Books - £100 approx.
Trips - £400 approx.
Equipment - £200 approx.
Kit - £50 approx.

You may need to buy a start kit of basic art materials. Most equipment will be supplied by Boston College, but some materials may need to be purchased. This will depend on your chosen specialist pathway.

Appropriate trips will be organised, there may be some funding available but this is still to be confirmed.

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If you live outside of the UK and would like to apply for this course, please complete the International Enquiry Form.

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