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Art & Design - HNC Level 4

Art & Design - HNC Level 4

egg-timerFull Time
arrowLevel 4
calendar1 Year
pinLancaster & Morecambe College
Start date: 02/09/2024

The Art & Design - HNC Level 4 offers students a broad introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning, while allowing for the acquisition of skills and experience through the selection of a further unit across a range of occupational sectors. This effectively builds underpinning core skills, with general specialisation; preparing the student for further specialisation at Level 5.

Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace scenarios.

Course Overview

At Level 4, students develop a broad knowledge and awareness of the key aspects of the creative industries sector through four core units, which includes one unit assessed through a Pearson-set assignment. The core units are:

  • Professional Development

  • Contextual Studies

  • Individual Project

  • Techniques & Processes

Two more specialist units will supplement the mandatory units, chosen to match the learner’s specialist pathway.

Learners are expected to be in College for up to three days a week and will need to complete regular home study.

While on the course you will complete a variety of projects through which you will develop a range of practical skills and develop your practice through material and contextual investigation. The assignments will be linked to a vocational context, and, whenever possible, working for a real client.

During the programme you will have the opportunity to explore personal themes and concerns, using a range of media. It is a primarily studio based course where you will spend time building an individual portfolio of work.

Where possible there will be organised trips to galleries, studios and museums.

Progression Routes

Successful students may progress onto an HND or Ba (Hons) Degree, or go into employment in a related arts context.

Exciting roles within Art & Design include:

  • Freelance Artist/Designer

  • Art Editor

  • Graphic Designer

  • Fine Artist

  • Illustrator

  • Photographer

  • Set Designer

  • Textiles Designer

You can discover all the opportunities available to you by exploring the full list of careers in the industry.

Entry Requirements

To study this course you will need a minimum of 64 UCAS points, PLUS GCSE English and Maths at grade C/4 or higher.

You will also need enthusiasm for the subject with a commitment to study, and show good skills in practical subjects.

How to Apply

If you would like to apply for this course, please click 'Apply' in the top right, follow the steps, and our Admissions Team will be in touch with you.

For more information, advice and guidance please phone Student & Learning Services on 01524 521385 or 0800 306306 or email

Course code: A33948-A1A