Higher National Diploma in Fine Art


Program Description


Be inspired and explore your creativity with Fine Art!

We offer a wide range of exciting and challenging fine art courses run by an energetic and enthusiastic team of lecturers who are practicing artists and freelance commercial designers and photographers. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced artist, you’ll be able to extend your technical skills and build confidence in your creative ability. You can choose a course from many Art and Photography areas, and study either by day or evening. You will be encouraged to explore materials, approaches and techniques in an extensive range of both certificated and non-certificated art and design courses.

Our Fine Art qualification courses provide a unique opportunity for those who wish to begin their artistic careers with a challenging and rewarding period of study.

Course Overview

This course is equivalent to the second year of a Fine Art BA course. The HND in Fine Art provides the opportunity for those students who have completed a HNC to progress to a higher level course and continue their studies at the college. The ethos of the course is to focus upon an individual’s conceptual and creativity identity and to develop them within the context of the course units relative to their particular artistic concerns and interests. Focus for the course comes through negotiating a creative and developmental response through regular tutorials and studio practice.

This Higher Education course aims to develop you as professional artists and for you to progress either to employment, independent studio practise or higher level studies. Emphasis throughout the year is on developing independent research, studio work, exhibiting work and to continue acquiring creative and technical skills. We feel this course of study provides a complimentary and developmental pathway in Fine art, building on practical experience, subject knowledge and personal expression to produce a sustainable conceptual framework for professional practise.

What background and qualifications do you need to join? (Entry Requirements)

The HND in Fine art is a continuation of the HNC in Fine art. Applicants are welcome to apply with the equivalent of Level 2 English and Maths and a merit trajectory qualification from previous HNC study. On the HND you will study eight units at level 5 (having completed eight units from the HNC.) The HND is the equivalent of the 2nd year of a BA in Fine Art and is listed on UCAS.

What does the course lead to?

Students with a merit profile can apply to continue on at the college to the BA Fine Art top up or apply to other colleges for the 2nd year of a BA or an MA (depending on previous qualifications.)

Where will I study?

Chelsea centre. Carlyle building

What are the facilities and equipment like?

You will be allocated a dedicated studio space, workshop facilities and equipment, mac room, have a personal tutor and will be able to attend contextual studies lectures and presentations by the course team, visiting artists and the artist in residence (AIR).

How much will I need to study outside class?

Independent research and visiting exhibitions and galleries are expected from students.

How is the course assessed?

Students can obtain pass, merit or distinction for the course units depending on the quality of work submitted. Units have deadlines and assessments take place throughout the year. Your grades will be discussed with you and written feedback is given. A range of assessment methods are used including group critiques, individual tutorials, marking of written assignments and a final external show.

Are any of the course materials on line?

On-line course materials will be made available via the College’s Virtual Learning Environment – Moodle.

What books and equipment do I need?

Reading list provided at start of course. Some tools and equipment provided in studio. Individual working media depending on practise, to be provided by students.

What else do I need to buy/ What extra costs are there?

External exhibition costs.

What do I need to bring to the interview?

A portfolio of artwork, sketchbooks and a piece of written work.

Entry Requirements

All students are admitted to the College on the basis that they:

  • Agree to comply with the KCC student code of conduct
  • Provide original documentation that confirms entry qualifications
  • Meet the course entry requirements
  • Provide information so that a school or college reference can be obtained if you are between 16-19 years old
  • Campus: Chelsea Centre
  • Times: Mon/Tue/Wed 10:00 - 16:00
Last updated Feb 2018

About the School

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