Higher National Diploma in Fine Art

Key Course Information

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, practical studio work, exhibiting work and to continue acquiring creative, contextual 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. Top floor.

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) We have a large gallery space in the Chelsea Centre.

How much should I study outside class?
Independent research and visiting exhibitions and galleries are expected from students

How is the course assessed?
Termly assessment

Are any course materials online?
Moodle VLE

What books and equipment do I need?
Reading list provided for specific units. Students should have a sketchbook and research folder. 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

How to apply?
Click on the blue ‘Apply Now’ button and complete the online application form and you will be invited for interview

What do I need to bring to the interview?
A portfolio of artwork, sketchbooks and a piece of written work.


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