Higher National Certificate in Fine Art

Higher National Certificate in Fine Art

Key Course Information

The HNC Fine Art course is an intensive and exciting 3 days per week, nationally recognised, one year course which is equivalent to the 1st year of an art school degree. We also offer a part time pathway of 1 day (plus evening) per week. The part time pathway extends over 2 years.

• The HNC specialises in Fine Art and works to develop each student’s individual practice. Students can pursue their ideas in drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, video and printmaking. Students often access other courses within the college e.g. photography and life drawing.
• Tutors are practising artists and include: Greg Rook, Erika Winstone, Jane Eyton, Matthew Kolakowski and others. Specialist tutors within the college also contribute to the course.
• Underpinning the course are units in Contextual Studies (contemporary art context) and Professional Practice.
• Emphasis throughout is on acquiring and developing creative and technical skills through research and studio projects.
• There is an opportunity to show work in two exhibitions during the course.
• Good sized personal workspace and lots of tutor contact.
• All students have a personal tutor who will offer advice, guidance and feedback and steer you through the processes of applying to HE or progressing further.
• The course consists of 8 units.

“The programme is contemporary in feeling, fostering high achievement and strong individuality amongst students, the highest achieving students producing ambitious, conceptually and formally rigorous work”, Chris Hunt, External Evaluator.


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