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Fine Art Higher National Diploma

This course is validated by Birmingham City University.

This exciting course will give you the crucial skills that you will need to become a professional artist working within the creative industries. You will have the opportunity to explore practical and personal responses to ideas and concepts through a variety of creative approaches and disciplines including drawing, painting, photography, mixed media, installation, sculpture, digital artwork and printmaking.

In the first year (level 4) of the programme you will be actively involved in a series of skill building workshops in addition to modules designed to help you think critically and creatively. In the second year (level 5) you will gain the independence to develop your personal practice to reflect your own themes and interests. Across both years you will widen your knowledge through the exploration of contextual studies which focus on late 20th century art history and engage in debates regarding contemporary art theory and practice. You will be inspired by regular visits to contemporary art galleries and links with practising artists and curators through seminars. This course will also provide you with the chance to undertake ambitious exhibitions of your own at external venues, culminating each year in the graduation exhibition. You will study business and professional practice modules to develop your freelance and entrepreneurial skills through researching spaces, fundraising, marketing and curating your shows.

You will have access to your own studio space supported by excellent and spacious facilities for lens-based experimentation, casting, ceramics and glass, woodwork, metalwork, silk screen, etching, vacuum-forming, laser cutting, printed and constructed textiles and other materials. This is fully supported by onsite technicians with open workshop access and Apple iMac suites.

Tuition Fee for 2019/20 £5300 (per year)

Course Info

Level 5 - Professional & University
Subject Area
Art & Design
Course Type
Higher Education Full-Time
Sutton Coldfield College
Course Length
62 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 We encourage applications from students who do not meet the entry requirements outlined but can demonstrate ability through work experience, portfolio of evidence or successful interview. 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 will automatically progress to the second year of the degree course at Birmingham City University (BCU) or another appropriate degree course at university. 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