Arts Practice. Designer, Maker, Artist HNC/D

UCAS Code: A001/A003

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About this course

The course will allow you to undertake the role of technician / curator for future exhibitions, explore arts funding schemes and identify projects and other opportunities for self-promotion through external links.

This will help you build a career path of self-employment and advancement for a future in the creative industries. Your own understanding of the role of artist, designer and/or maker will be key to this development with a hands-on and practical approach to the exhibition of your own work and that of others in a variety of contexts.

The first year of the course will include core units of Professional Development, Contextual Studies, Individual Externally Set Pearson Project and, Techniques and Practices. A further 4 units may include, Media Practices, Material Practices, Art and Craft Production alongside a specialist unit in Communication in Art and Design with a specific focus on communicating to an audience.

Teaching on my course is good

Progression route to HND with a planned content of core units in Professional Practice and Applied Practice which is a Pearson Set Collaborative Project. A further 4 units including Advance Arts Practice Studies, Art Direction, Material Selection and Specification and, Creative Entrepreneurship.

There may be additional materials costs depending on your specialist practice. For example if working in photography you will have printing costs.

What are the entry requirements?

A level 3 in a creative subject at MMM and / or successful interview with a portfolio of art work.

Course assessment

The assessment of the course is via the completion of course work, written work and practical projects Please note there are externally set projects.

What's next?

After the HND learners can apply for a top-up at university to a full degree.

Learners can also enter industry with knowledge of funding, running creative projects and having skills to enter successful self-employment and project management.

Where Can I Learn More?

For more information on gaining this qualification at Dudley College of Technology please contact the learner services team at or phone 01384 363 363.

Please Note

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All courses are run subject to numbers, although every effort is made to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information shown above, Dudley College reserves the right to amend the content/arrangements therein as deemed necessary.

All fees quoted are normally per year, are the “standard” prices only and may be subject to change without notice. This applies to those who have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course, for a purpose other than full-time education. Unless directly specified, there are no additional costs associated with materials to be purchased or trips for this course.

Exceptions to the ”standard” prices may apply - see below for details and how to find out more:

  • Students under 16 years of age - contact the 14-16 Centre Manager on 01384 363 208.
  • Students aged 16-18 are not usually required to pay course fees on full or part-time courses. Contact the admissions team on 01384 363 333 for further details.
  • Non-standard UK/EU/EEA residents and international students - contact the international office on 01384 363 356 or email:

Initial Assessment

Please note that you may be asked to complete an initial assessment for any course that Dudley College offers.

* Statistics from undergraduate induction survey 2013-14.