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BTEC HND Art & Design

Key Information
  • Campus Icon

    Campus: David Game College - London

  • Duration Icon

    Duration: 2 years

  • Mode of Study Icon

    Mode of Study: Full-time Study (Daytime) 1st Year 2.5 days in college | 2nd Year 2 days in college (made up to full-time through self-directed study).

  • Level of Study Icon

    Level of Study: RQF Levels 4 and 5

  • Next Start Date Icon

    Next Start Date: 03rd October 2022

  • Awarding Body Icon

    Awarding Body: Pearson

  • UCAS code Icon

    UCAS code: HADG

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    Intakes: March & October

Overview

The Higher National Diploma in Art & Design at David Game College is a fast track pathway to a successful career in the creative industries.

The Graphic Design specialist pathway provides an introduction into a wide range of graphics disciplines, allowing you to specialise in whichever aspect of the graphic design industry you wish to pursue.

This course focuses on the development of design skills, practical programme knowledge and technical ability to work in a design environment.

You will learn and work with the most up to date digital software (Adobe Suite), studying a range of modules that develop skills in digital design, typography, branding, infographics, packaging, motion graphics, illustration and editorial design. You will also be further prepared by core skills development in professional practice, contextual research studies and visual communication, be given the chance to respond to professional briefs and be taught by specialist tutors and visiting lecturers who are all working within the industry.

The course is delivered via a combination of Mac studio classes, practical workshops, lectures, one-to-one tutorials as well as field trips taking in galleries, street art, and museums.

  • Modules
  • Entry Requirements
  • Admissions Process
  • Course Specifications
  • Assessment
  • Progression
  • Careers
  • HNC
Year 1 Level Credits
Typography 4 15
Graphic Design Practices 4 15
Communication in Art & Design 4 15
Visual Narratives 4 15
Technique and Process 4 15
Professional Practice 4 15
Contextual Studies 4 15
Pearson Set Project 4 15
Total Credits 120

 

Year 2 Level Credits
Advanced Graphic Design 5 30
Digital Animation 5 15
Art Direction 5 15
Branding & Identity 5 15
Professional Practice 5 15
Applied Practice Collaboration Project 5 30
Total Credits 120

Note: The HND is awarded on completion of a minimum of 240 credits.

UK and EU students:

  • A level standard or overseas equivalent
  • Other UK level 3 qualifications (e.g. Foundation Diploma, Access to HE Certificate, a BTEC Diploma/National, Advanced GNVQ or AVCE)
  • Overseas Qualifications equivalent to Level 3 (e.g. Diploma de Baccalaureate, Brandos Atestas, Ensino Medio, etc )
  • Portfolio of artwork (Click here to see the Portfolio expectations)

In exceptional circumstances, mature entry applicants (21+) without the standard academic background, but with relevant and substantial work experience (min 2 years), may be considered for entry. They will be interviewed by the Head of Admissions, undergo functional skills testing and will be required to submit two detailed references in support of their suitability for the programme. Such applicants must be able to demonstrate their readiness for a return to study and ability to cope with the rigours of the programme. Admissions decisions will be made on a case by case basis.

English Language Requirements:
Applicants for undergraduate programmes whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English sufficient for them to derive full benefit from and succeed in passing their chosen programme. The level required for entry onto the HND is typically an overall score of IELTS 5.5 or above. If you do not have evidence of your level of English language, we can test you with the Pearson Versant Test of English. The required score for entry to the HND course is 46.

*If you do not meet the required standard of English requirement in the assessment, you will be offered our Pre-sessional English language course to help you improve your English to the necessary level to gain admission to the Pearson HND in Art & Design programme. Find out more here.

Restrictions on learner entry:
The BTEC Higher National qualifications are accredited on the RQF for learners aged 18 years and over.

The College will ensure that entry requirements are applied in accordance with institutional policy and that the admissions process will take the following format.

Step 1: Apply

All applicants must first create an online portal account with David Game Higher Education and complete the application form

Step 2: Upload Documents

All applicants must upload the following documents on the portal:

  • Examination transcripts (English translation where necessary), or notarised copies and English Language examination transcripts (where applicable)
  • Your CV
  • A copy of your passport
  • A 300-500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen programme, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the College and how this will help your future career aspirations
  • Photo (Passport style picture)

Note: If you are not able to submit the documents online you can bring them into the college and a staff member can do it on your behalf. If requested, applicants must provide two references in support of their suitability for the programme.

Step 3: Arrange an Interview

  • Applicants will be subject to a personal interview where possible either by a member of the admissions team or an approved agency (where this is not possible acceptance will be based on the information contained in the application form and any supporting documents)
  • Arrange an appointment to visit DGHE to present certain original documents and attend an interview. You can do this via email admissions@dghe.ac.uk or via telephone 02032200347
  • Applications can also be submitted in person at our DGHE campus. Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Note: All applicants must present original examination transcripts on the interview day.

Step 4: Internal English Test

Applicants whose first language is not English, with no formal or recognised qualification, will be required to take the DGHE English Entry test to determine whether their level of English is appropriate for the course applied. The level required for entry onto the HND is typically an IELTS 5.5 or above.

Step 5: Accepting your Offer
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application after completing steps 1, 2, 3, and 4 on the assessment day.

If the application is successful, the applicant will be sent a formal ‘Unconditional Offer’ letter via email. Once the applicant accepts the offer, they are entering into a legal contractual agreement with the College.

A ‘conditional offer’ can be issued to an applicant with one or more outstanding conditions to be met. These can include for example, passing an English language test or providing an original copy of evidence referred to in their application form. After such conditions are met, the College will issue the Unconditional Offer letter.

Note: Closer to the start of the course, the Admissions Team will send information regarding the induction day and timetable.

Campus Name: David Game College

Course Duration: Two years, full time

Course Delivery: Two days per week (during the first-year students may be required to attend one extra day per week).

Course Fees: £6000 (Student Loans available)

Course Start Date: 07th March 2022

Awarding Body: Pearson

Note: UK/EU students may be eligible for study loans/grants from the Student Loans Company. This support can help finance both your studies and day-to-day living expenses (depending on the course level). You can find more information related to Student Finance and the necessary qualifications by visiting the corresponding links. For more information, please contact the admissions team at admissions@dghe.ac.uk or T: 0203 220 0347

Formative assessment is a continuous component of the programme. Your coursework will develop into a working portfolio and select pieces will feature in a final year exhibition. Alongside practical projects you will also be assessed with group presentations, case studies and reflective academic essays.

Most units on the BTEC HND level courses are worth 15 UK credits. You will be expected to commit at least 150 notional hours towards completing the learning outcomes per unit. This usually consists of a combination of direct teaching time and independent study time (e.g. preparations for research, assessments and background reading).

On successful completion of the HND, there is an opportunity to complete a third-year‘ top-up’ with us studying a level 6 BA (Hons) Visual Communication (Top-Up) programme which is delivered in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire. Alternatively, the HND could lead you onto a suitable degree at another provider or graduate entry to selective institutions.

For a comprehensive list of universities that offers other top-up degrees pathways, please find out more here.

The focus on specialist pathways, at Level 4 and Level 5, provides students with a clear set of skills and goals for further study or entering employment. Students who complete a BTEC Higher National in Art and Design may find work in:

  • Graphic Design
  • Graphic designer
  • Print Production
  • Web Design studios
  • Animator
  • Creative Director
  • Illustrator
  • Design Agencies
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Magazine features editor
  • Fashion Design Studios
  • Branding Agencies
  • Publishing Companies

The HNC consists of the first year of the HND (i.e. 120 credits at Level 4 Higher National Certificate).

Please enquire today if you want to study for the HNC programme; the start dates are as per the HND.

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