HNC in Fine Art
The Btec HNC specialises in Fine Art and enables students to pursue their ideas in drawing, painting, sculpture, video and printmaking. The principal course tutors are practising and exhibiting artists. Other specialist tutors within the college also contribute to the course.Underpinning the course are units in Contextual Studies (contemporary art context) and Professional Practise.
Government funding available
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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
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* The Btec HNC specialises in Fine Art and enables students to pursue their ideas in drawing, painting, sculpture, video and printmaking.
* Tutors are practising artists and include Erika Winstone, Brian Deighton, Jane Eyton, Maria Zahle, Mark Dean, Matthew Kolakowski, Caroline List 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 Practise.
* 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.
"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.
What background and qualifications do you need to join?
You will need to have a substantial portfolio of work which you will be asked to bring to interview. The portfolio should include either painting or 3D sculpture; or mixed media or printmaking. You will also need to bring any sketchbooks and a selection of life drawings or drawings from observation.
Applicants will normally be expected to have succssfully completed a Foundation Course in Art & Design or have equivalent proven experience.
You also need an intermediate qualification with at least a merit in English. You will be asked to bring along any recent essays or other writings. (Additional learning support in written or oral English may be available).
What does the course lead to?
Many of our students successfully apply to Fine Art degree study. Progression into employment (as technicians, studio artists or gallery assistants) or further study is also possible.
Over the last few years students have progressed to all the London art schools including the Slade, Goldsmiths, Chelsea, Central St. Martins, Camberwell, University of East London, Middlesex University, Guildhall University, Kingston University and Wimbledon College of Art, along with other prestigious colleges within the UK.
What are the facilities and equipment like?
Spacious, well equiped and bright studios with resourses for time based media, painting and sculpture.
How much should I study outside class?
You will need to carry out independent research at home and some written work is required. There are assessments each term and your grades will be discussed with you. Some units may be externally assessed. You will have a personal tutor who will offer advice, guidance and feedback and steer you through the processes of applying to HE or setting up your own studio.
How is the course assessed?
There are a range of continuous assessment methods. These include: grading of work according to procedures, systems and objectives as outlines in the course handbook; student self assessment; group critiques; individual tutorials; marking of written assignments; exhibitions of student work; portfolio review.
Are any course materials online?
There are no course materials online but during the course all documentation is available to students through the student intranet.
What books and equipment do I need?
No particular art books required, but do familiarise yourself with contemporary art through visitng galleries (e.g. The Tate) and magazines etc. An A4 sketchbook for drawing, an A4 ring binder file to keep typed handouts and notes, an A4 notebook for gallery visits, research notes, photocopied articles etc.
Equipment: a claw hammer, pair of pliers, measuring tape and a stanley knife, craft knife or scalpel.
What else do I need to buy? / What extra costs are there?
You are required to provide your own art materials and equipment. Advice will be given at the start of the course. Drawing paper is available to purchase from the college.
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
HNC in Fine Art