Introductory course information
Award: Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate in Art and Design (Graphic Design)
Awarding body: Pearson
UCAS Code: W991
Location of study: Kingston College
Course duration: 1 years (full-time)
Academic year dates: September 2019 - June 2020
Days of the week: You will be expected to attend 2 days a week (currently Tuesday and Wednesday, although this may change).
Entry Requirements for HNC
For entry to the HNC applicants will need at least 32 UCAS points from A Level or comparable qualifications, a satisfactory portfolio and reference.
Applicable work experience can be accredited in the absence of formal qualifications.
Mature applicants are welcome.
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 presentation of a suitable and relevant portfolio of artwork.
Other qualifications and relevant work experience may also count for academic credit. For this course we may be able take into account your paid and unpaid experience, professional qualifications and life experience. This is particularly applicable for mature students.
Further information is available at our Accreditation of Prior Learning page [link]
International Entry Requirements
Portfolios can be submitted electronically if required.
Skype interviews may be possible – please contact HE Admissions to arrange.
Audition via Skype or recorded video may be possible – please contact HE Admissions to arrange.
The HNC qualification is delivered through practical projects that cover ideas generation and using visual techniques that explore the cultural contexts of tattoo artistry and body art to develop your practice. The focus is on exploring exciting current practices in body art, body modification and wider notions of body aesthetics. There is a strong emphasis on drawing throughout the course, developing a steady hand and strong fine art skills through the exploration of the visual language of line, colour, form, shape, tone. Professional Practice is a key element to this qualification and is focussed on establishing your personal portfolio development and working towards establishing you as a Tattoo Artist.
Units studied include:
Techniques & Processes
Graphic Design Practices
Please note that at no time will this course involve tattooing onto skin as this is only appropriate after a formal industry placement is completed. There will, however, be appropriate alternatives used throughout this course.
Teaching and Learning
You are taught through a combination of lectures and practicals. 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 print room.
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, While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, 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: £5450
- Overseas/International students: N/A
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.
Successful HNC graduates can progress onto the HND in Graphic Design (FOR TATTOO ARTISTS) or on to university for year 1 or year 2 entry into a degree course. The course also prepares graduates for further training and employment in the tattoo industry.
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