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HND Art and Design (Art Practice)

Creative, Digital & Computing

Key Facts

Level 5
Wakefield City Campus
Start Date:
September, 2022
2 Years
Mode of Study:
Awarding Body:
How to Apply:

You can apply directly to us for a part-time course, please download our Higher Education Application Form, complete the application form and return it to:-

Higher Education Office,
Wakefield College,
Margaret Street,
Wakefield WF1 2DH

Or you can email it to


The HND in Art & Design (Art Practice) is designed for students who are passionate about Art & Design and want to develop their own creative practice at a higher level. This course will help to build the skills you’ve already developed and give you the opportunity to explore a wide range of creative practices in order to refine and focus your own specialist pathway.

The course aims to prepare you fully for developing your own practice by incorporating contextual awareness alongside professional and employment-focussed skills.

Course Features

Course Structure

Year 1:

  • Professional Development 
  • Contextual Studies 
  • Individual Project 
  • Techniques and Processes 
  • Media Practices 
  • Material Practices 
  • Art/Craft Production 
  • Principles of Life Drawing

Professional Practice Applied Practice Collaborative Project (Pearson-set) Advanced Art Practice Studies Conceptual Practice Creative Industries Placement Advanced Life Drawing

Entry Requirements

Minimum 64 UCAS tariff points from A Levels or a Level 3 Diploma in a related subject OR an Access course

GCSE grade 5 (C) or above in English Language (or equivalent qualification) is required.

Those with previous experience or learning that is relevant may be eligible via our APL process for accreditation towards this course.

All applicants are required to attend an interview, you will also need to bring with you a portfolio of your work. A member of the course team to discuss your reasons for applying and your career plan.

Fees & Funding

Tuition Fees: £6950.00 per year. 

All eligible full-time Home and EU undergraduate students are entitled to apply for affordable Student Loans and Grants towards their tuition fees. For more information, please visit

Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course.

Course Costs Included in the fees

Course Costs Not Included in the Fees

A wide range of general art and design materials are provided but it is expected that as an arts practitioner you have your own basic kit. You may also be expected to source and purchase any particular specialist materials yourselves.

There could be additional costs associated with certain elements of this programme such as optional residential trips, visits and specialist equipment.

The everyday costs of studying at University Centre at Wakefield College that apply to all students include:

  • Travel: costs associated with travelling to and from campus. This could be bus or train fares, costs associated with running a car including car parking charges.
  • Consumables: folders, pads, pens.
  • Printing/photocopying: most written assignments are submitted via Turnitin but there are occasions where you may be required to submit work in a printed format e.g. dissertation. There are on campus printing/photocopy facilities across college and binding and additional services in the college library.
  • Subsistence: the campus has food outlets where students can purchase meals, drinks and snacks. Water dispensers are available around the campus for students to refill reusable bottles at no cost.


The creative understanding and knowledge that you have developed on the HND will prepare you for work in a wide variety of sectors including: Work as a self-employed fine artist, photographer or crafts-person, or as a designer in a variety of specialist areas of study including Illustration, Graphic Design, Surface Pattern Design, Interior Design, Costume Design and Jewellery Design.

On successful completion of the HND, you will have the opportunity to progress to a top-up course to gain a full BA (Hons) degree at university. Other students may progress to employment, set up their own enterprise or continue to study a teaching qualification.

Employability is at the core of the higher education provision at the College. There is a clear strategic aim to enhance student employability opportunities in the area. The College is proud of the extent to which employers have been involved in the design and development of programmes and how employability is embedded.
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