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Fine Art Higher National Diploma Edexcel (Part-time)

The course explores a multidisciplinary approach to include media, film and photography.

The course aims to support you in the development of crucial skills and approaches to enable you to become a professional fine artist. This involves making practical and personal responses to ideas and concepts through the vehicle of drawing, painting, lens-based experimentation, mixed media, installation, sculpture and printmaking.

In the first year you will be involved in a series of skill building workshops in addition to units designed to help you think creatively. In the second year you set your own agenda and develop your personal practice to reflect your own themes and interests. Alongside the development of your personal practice as a fine artist you will also be involved in contextual studies which focus on late 20th century art history and current debates within contemporary art theory and practice. During the course there will be numerous opportunities to exhibit at external venues culminating each year in the graduation exhibition. Supported by the business and professional practice units this involves researching spaces, fundraising, marketing and curating the final show.

Course Info

Level 5 - Professional & University
Subject Area
Art & Design
Course Type
Adult Part-Time and HE Part-Time
Art & Design Centre, Brierley Hill
Course Length
30 weeks

Entry Requirements

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS UCAS Tariff Points: Pre-2017 Entry - 120 points, Post-2017 Entry - 48 points The tariff points can be made up of: A Levels (GCE and VCE): 2 A Levels at Grade D BTEC Extended Diploma: Grade PPP BTEC Diploma: Grade MP BTEC 90 Credit Diploma: Grade MM Access to HE: Grade P45 The Level 3 qualification must be an art subject. Minimum number of GCSEs at Grade C or above: 5 which must include: GCSE English: Grade C or 4 Are Level 2 equivalents accepted?: Yes NON-ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS Portfolio of Work

Delivery and Assessment

The course is assessed through a range of project briefs, seminar presentations, essays and practical coursework.


As a course graduate, you can progress onto an appropriate degree course, entering into the first year and in some cases into the second year, depending upon which university and degree you apply for. Some students may want to move into employment and begin to develop commercial outlets for their personal practice or progress into other creative arts based careers such as curating, community arts projects or arts administration.

Career Opportunities

  • Animators
  • Exhibition Designers
  • Fine Artists
  • Graphic Designers
  • Illustrators
  • Printmakers
  • Production Designers
  • Fashion Designers
  • Textile Designers