Course Overview

This Higher National Certificate has been designed to meet the needs of the contemporary creative industries. This dynamic and rapidly changing sector of the global economy covers a wide range of subjects, including those of art and design. You will have the opportunity to explore the creative industries through a focused curriculum that will prepare you for further degree-level studies or working in the industry.

Course Structure

You will study Core, Specialist and centre-selected units to achieve a total of 120 credits.

Modules Covered

  • Professional Development
  • Contextual Studies
  • Individual Project (Pearson-set)
  • Techniques and Processes
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Pattern Cutting and Garment Making
  • Fashion and Textiles Practices
  • Surface Design.

Learning Methods

The course is mainly studio-based with teaching and learning taking place through a range of methods including studio practice, group work, workshop demonstrations, seminars, tutorials, lectures, group critiques, external live briefs, visits, trips, independent research and experimental practice.


Assessment methods include:

  • Portfolio of technical experiments and sampling
  • Personal Development Plan
  • Exhibition
  • Proposals
  • Presentation of strategies and proposals
  • Critical evaluation
  • Peer assessment
  • Business planning
  • Research journal
  • Sketchbooks.

Entry Requirements

80 UCAS points.

A BTEC or UAL Level 3 qualification in Art and Design and an A level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent), other related Level 3 qualifications, an Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved Further Education institution, a BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, related work experience or an international equivalent of the above.

Non-standard applicants will be required to produce evidence of their ability to study at the Higher Education level.  Short-course and relevant work experience may be taken into account. Non-standard applicants may be interviewed and may be required to complete a piece of written work as part of their application. Claims for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are welcomed by the College. You should consult the admissions tutor if they wish to claim such recognition.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
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Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088503 (HE).
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Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
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For all other queries call 01274 088088

Fees Information

We believe that quality degrees should not cost the earth. That's why our competitive tuition fees provide you with a quality experience that includes more taught hours than those at most universities, good levels of tutor access, and support with small teaching groups. More information on our competitive tuition fees

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