Today we bring you further coverage of the Pearson Higher National Qualifications; this time we will be focusing on Pearson’s BTEC Level 5 HND in Art and Design.
Like all HND qualifications, the Art and Design HND has been created with a clear progression route in mind for graduates. For this reason, Pearson worked with third parties to ensure students can either move onto a level 6 course (a top-up degree, for example) or directly into work. Institutions that collaborated with Pearson to create the Art and Design qualification include Fashion Retail Academy, National Society for Education in Art and Design and University of the Arts London.
Why Study an HND in Art and Design?
By studying an HND in Art and Design, students will be able to choose from a number of professionally focused pathways. Each of these pathways has been created alongside the aforementioned professional bodies to ensure students are well prepared for both further academic study and employment. The qualification has been created to address the skills required in both the national and international market.
As well as covering the technical aspects of art and design, students will also learn how to develop their capacity for creative thinking and communication in preparation for a working context. The course will look towards emerging technologies and their transformative impact on the design industry; this will prepare students for a professional context which requires graduates to have specific technological skills.
During the HND, students will be asked to look beyond the art and design field to understand what impact their work, and the industry in general, has on contemporary issues like sustainability and the environment.
The course can be studied full-time over two years or part-time over four years. Students are expected to gain 120 credits per year (240 in total), with each unit being worth 15 credits. A total of 16 units will be studied for the two-year course, totaling2,400 hours as Pearson’s assigned Total Qualification Time.
The core units during the first year are: professional development, contextual studies, an individual project and technique & processes. Students then choose from a list of specialist units offered by the course provider, which include: 3D practices, pattern cutting & garment making and media practices. For the second year, students will be able to choose from a number of core units that are dictated by the specialist units chosen in the first year. The year two units will dictate what HND Art and Design specialisation students leave with; for example, Fashion & Textiles, Photography and Graphic Design.
Pearson do not specify formal entry requirements (beyond an English level equivalent to Ielts level 5.5), so it is the choice of the course provider to decide the entry requirements. Most centres ask for an appropriate level three qualifications (often in Art and Design or Graphics) or relevant work experience.
Meeting Local Needs
Pearson offers a unique amount of flexibility in their qualifications. As part of their Meeting Local Needs initiative, students can import a maximum of four units over the two year course from another HND qualification if those units can meet the needs of the local market and sector. Talk to the HND centre for more information on their Meeting Local Needs provision.
Are you interested in finding an HND provider near you? Get in touch with HND Insider today to find your local HND centre. Or for more information, read Pearson’s full course specification.