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Fine Art BTEC HNC (part-time)

This part-time creative qualification is designed to engage you with the development of your personal identity through an opportunity to explore a wide range of ideas, techniques, language and media within fine art. The course will focus on building both specialist and multi-disciplinary skills as well as introducing you to a range of Contemporary Art, Artists and Art theory. You will study core and specialist units with the emphasis on building a creative portfolio which can be used to develop prospective exhibition opportunities, as a vehicle for gaining work with a range of prospective employers and as a possible basis for gaining entrance to a final year on 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. Students engage regularly with 'live projects' and talks, and have an impressive track record of exhibiting work and engaging with commissions.



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 start the course you will need:

  • A Diploma in Foundation Studies Art & Design, OR
  • A 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 is 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 evidence 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

You will study the following core compulsory units:

  • Visual Communication in Art & Design
  • Ideas Generation and Development in Art & Design
  • Contextual and Cultural Referencing in Art & Design
  • Professional Practice in Art & Design.

In addition you will 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 5, Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation.

Assessment methods

You will work with a range of specialist lecturers (including practising artists & 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 personal progress and aid assessment. Assessment is continuous with assignments graded at the end of each task.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of the HNC you can progress on to further study with our HND or choose to 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 £75 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.

Course information & how to book

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)Fee per unitLocationCourse Code
2 years 21/09/2017 Thu, Fri 9.15 am - 4.30 pm £630 Cauldwell Street L1321 Course in progress

Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, 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.

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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