Introductory course information
Award: Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma Art and Design (Graphic Design) FOR TATTOO ARTISTS RQF
Awarding body: Pearson
UCAS Code: W912
Location of study: Kingston College Creative Industries Centre
Course duration: 1 years (full-time)
Academic year dates: 9 September 2019 until 9 July 2020
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
International Entry Requirements
International students must possess qualifications equivalent to Level 3 study in the UK to apply for HE courses. Please be aware that this may mean we suggest an alternative course for you.
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.
During the course, learners will develop a portfolio of work ready for gaining apprenticeship. The course will enhance design and illustration skills and help build a business plan.
Students will study the following Level X units/modules:-
- Professional Practice 32 (Core, 15 credits): This module is a transition from the industry awareness project and will help students to further understand the industry and build a business plan and portfolio.
- Collaborative Project 33(Core, 30 credits): This module allows students to enhance their communication skills that are core for the Tattoo industry. Students work together to produce project work that engages with the wider community.
- Advanced Tattoo Design (Graphic) Studies (Core 30 credits): This module focusses on the relationship between the client and artist, students are expected to develop art work from a client proposal and complete a body of work that completes the whole design cycle for a tattoo artist.
- Product Identity 47 (specialist, 15) This module allows students to look at the wider industry and build a product identity for a client in the tattoo industry. The rise of tattoo art in popular culture comes with a range of other issues. Now in the mainstream and no longer taboo, branding and identity is increasingly important, many tattoo artists are multi-disciplined and have capitalised on the trend of tattoo art by building empires in a range of other areas. This is an opportunity for students to creatively explore other pathways within tattoo culture and use their creativity and communication skills to best promote a product and brand identity.
- Conceptual Practice 48 (specialist, 15) This module aims to develop knowledge and skills for artists to create conceptual artwork. Students will engage with cultural, social economic and political issues to develop a unique theme and explore creative process.
- Jewellery design 55 (specialist, 15) As a follow up from body modification and prosthetics in the HNC, this module allows students to explore more complex materials and enhance their making skills. Students will create and present bespoke pieces from conceptual ideas.
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 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. 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: 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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