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Kingston College continues to welcome applications via UCAS.
Interviews and portfolio reviews will be conducted online via Skype (free to download), and applicants are encouraged to set up Skype accounts in preparation for this.
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Introductory course information
Award: Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate Art and Design (Graphic Design) FOR TATTOO ARTISTS RQF
Awarding body: Pearson
UCAS Code: KC01
Location of study: Kingston College Creative Industries Centre
Course duration: 1 years (full-time)
Academic year dates: September 2020 until July 2021
Days of the week: You will be expected to attend for 2 days a week, possibly Tues, Weds
Work Placement: There is no credited work placement built into this course.
Timetables: Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.
Entry Requirements for HNC
Mature students with relevant experience may also be considered.
Maths and English GCSEs at grade C or above are also required
References from an official email address (ie. NOT Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) This can be from your previous institution if you were a student in the last 4 years or from a line manager if you are currently working.
Suitable applicants will be invited to interview, where they will be required to further demonstrate their suitability for the course by bringing a portfolio of artwork
Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience:
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at level 5 or level 6. For further information please visit our Credit Transfer page [link]. Other qualifications and relevant work experience may also count for academic credit. Further information is available at our Accreditation of Prior Learning page
This creative course will give you the knowledge, creative experience and confidence to progress into a career in Design with a focus on the Tattoo Industry. It is aimed at dedicated learners who want, ultimately, to move into the Tattoo Industry via an industry Apprenticeship or into further training, and are looking for practical training and a nationally-recognised Level 4 qualification. This full time course is delivered by experienced professionals who are experts and have extensive industry and teaching profiles.
Successful completion of the HNC will require the accumulation of 120 credits from the units studied. Units studied may include:
- Individual Project – you will produce your own creative response to a set brief with the focus on exploring existing practices in body art, body modification and wider notions of body aesthetics.
- Techniques and Processes – you will produce work that communicates your creative intentions as an aspiring tattoo artist. Tattoo artistry demands strong creative skills of exploration and idea generation. You will develop a steady hand, explore and practise the visual language of line, colour, form, shape and tone.
- Contextual Studies – explore the social, historical and cultural context of key art and design movements
- Professional Development – we will support you as you work towards establishing yourself as a Tattoo / Body Artist through personal portfolio development and creating personal development plans.
- Typography Skills – explore and understand current typography practice as it relates to the Tattoo Artist in the modern digital world.
- Graphic Design – Use Digital Software to create unique designs that relate your own professional Practice
- Accessories and Body Adornments - experiment with a wide range of materials to design and create body accessories, transfers and adornments.
- Surface Design- explore and understand both contemporary and traditional tattoo art and develop your own drawing skills in relation to the discipline
- Open study sessions in our dedicated facilities
Teaching and Learning
You are taught through a combination of lectures and practical’s. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will use industry-standard equipment and have access to specialist rooms and library facilities throughout your course.
When not attending lectures, seminars and other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library, specialist art rooms such as the mac suite and studio.
The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.
All assessments are spread across the year to make the workload manageable. The course work will be based on practical demonstration of skills as delivered by the lecturers.
Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning, and assessment activity. The following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.
Summary of Teaching, Learning and Assessment
This is for the KIS information- this section will be completed in September when further training on the underlying calculations will be available. Please do not complete this now, a spreadsheet will be circulated nearer the time with the required format. A detailed version will still be required for all programme specifications. The detailed version includes tutorial time/timetabled and compulsory trips etc.
Our Academic Support Team provides help in the following areas:
- study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
- written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
- academic writing (including how to reference)
- research skills (in conjunction with the library)
- critical thinking and understanding arguments
- revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).
Our Student Support Services help students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.
- UK/EU students: £5100
- Overseas/International students: Please contact HE admissions.
The following course-related costs are included in the fees:
- annual printing allowance
- BTEC registration fee (if applicable – ask if unsure)
The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:
- additional printing over and above the annual allowance
- the cost of books and equipment that you might wish to purchase.
Accommodation and living costs are not included in the fees: This information can be obtained from our Accommodation page.
Sources of financial support: You may be eligible to apply for additional support. Details can be obtained from our Money to Study page.
Bursaries, scholarships and prizes: The College also provides a number of scholarships and prizes for undergraduate students, for which you may be eligible to apply. Some of these are available to students on any course, and some have specific conditions. You can check your eligibility for these types of financial support, along with their value and application deadlines, at our Scholarships, Bursaries and Prizes page.
On completion, students will have a stronger ability with art and graphic design and can apply for apprenticeships within the Tattoo industry
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