Overview top

This course is delivered in our spacious art studio with its fabulous natural light. Art Practice is designed to give you the skills you’ll need to progress in the creative art world as a professional. The course is studio-led where you are given time and guidance to develop your own work and areas of interest. Our academic staff and technician are practising artists who provide support and expertise in Fine Art, Drawing Painting, Printmaking, Illustration, Animation and Fashion. We offer delivery and support in both traditional and digital techniques and provide professional equipment such as the Adobe Creative Suite on Macs and PCs, printing presses, screen printing bed, a darkroom, sewing machines, an overlocker and lightboxes.


  • Professional Practice
  • Applied Practice Collaborative Project (Pearson-set)
  • Advanced Art Practice Studies
  • Conceptual Practice
  • Material Selection and Specification
  • Advanced Life Drawing

Entry Requirements top

An appropriate BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design; or an appropriate Access to HE qualification; or a BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies; or two AS Levels and one A Level, including an Art and Design subject. GCSE National 4/5 in Maths and English. Completion of HNC Art Practice is required for this course.

We will also need to see a portfolio of work that reflects your commitment to the subject. Include work from from your last course but show some personal work too. As well as finished pieces of work, include the preparatory work and sketchbooks too.  Include drawings from life with examples of the human figure and portraits, artwork that demonstrates one-point, two-point and three-point perspective, tonal work showing light and shade and some colour work.

Applicants without formal qualifications/with appropriate work experience or other qualifications can apply. An interview is required.

Assessment top

Assessment assignment briefs are given out with every unit, one assessment is externally set and assessed by an external examiner. Included tasks are usually to make artwork in response to a set theme or concept, accompanied by written analysis and evaluation of the resulting artwork.


Learn more about HNC/D at https://hnglobal.highernationals.com/

Professional Opportunities top

Upon completion you may seek employment in a variety of Art related roles, including working for commercial galleries, commissions and artists' residencies or apply for final year entry on to a BA Honours degree.

Further Information top

The HND in Art Practice academic team are busy making preparations and plans for the start of your programme in September 2020. As you know, COVID-19 has been an unprecedented and challenging time for everyone, but we have been developing an effective approach to your programme of study, blending face to face and online teaching where appropriate.

This method of teaching aims to open new learning opportunities enabling you to develop additional skills relating to team working, resilience and time management, and you will still be supported throughout by the academic team. We will do this by continuing to use our digital learning platform, Microsoft Teams for teaching, learning and communication.

We are busy identifying sessions which we can teach weekly on campus, alongside some sessions which may be delivered online. Online tutorials can also be arranged. When in college please follow the rules and COVID-19 procedures set in place. 

We look forward to seeing you soon and in the meantime, don't hesitate to contact us on Teams, email or by phone if we can offer any further guidance:

Claire O'Brien cobrien@tynecoast.ac.uk 0191 427 3625

Nicola Newton nnewton@tynecoast.ac.uk 0191 427 3625

Course fee: £6165

Start date: September 2021

Duration: 1 year