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HND Art & Design (UCAS: 2R44)

The HND is a 2 year programme in Art and Design and covers a broad range of specialist pathway that allow you to creatively develop your knowledge, skills and the production of creative portfolios of work. You will explore and develop your creative, critical and reflective skills and identify career opportunities. You will also develop enterprise skills and professional practice to provide the essential requirements for continual Higher Education progression, employment or self-employment within the Creative Industry.


The course will involve practical workshops, theory sessions, critiques; lectures, exhibitions and visits. These have included local and national visits including:

  • Liverpool Tate
  • Whitworth and Manchester City Gallery
  • The Hepworth Gallery
  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park
  • Clothes Show Live
  • Dean Clough
  • Fire and Water Light Festival

The course also supports specialist workshops that will be delivered by visiting contemporary practitioners.

To develop your own professional practice the course offers vocational opportunities. Students have worked with the Woolshops in Halifax to produce window displays including clothing and backdrops being created to celebrate Halifax's link with Aachen, Germany and worked with TDF fashion Halifax to produce themed dress windows. Students have also produced pieces for local events including catwalks and the Hebden Bridge Fire and Water Light Festival. We have established links with Dean Clough and the Fire and Water in Sowerby Bridge to exhibit.

As Higher Education students at Calderdale College, you will have a base room with spaces to continue working at all week. You have access to specialist equipment and workshops to develop individual and personal specialisms.

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The course involves practical workshops and theory sessions, critiques, lectures, exhibitions and visits alongside specialist workshops delivered by visiting contemporary practitioners. Students who study on the HND have more contact hours with specialist staff. Due to the nature of the HND, the course offers the learner a specialist route to independently develop projects and portfolio work.

Course Leader profile

Simon Dunn

"In September 2005 I began working in the Art and Design Department at Calderdale College, after graduating from Huddersfield University with a post graduate teaching degree. Prior to this I graduated with a BA Hons degree in Art and Design, specialising in textiles and printing. This was followed by a two year part time Masters course in printmaking. It was during this time that a selection of my print designs and books were exhibited in galleries in Manchester, Bristol and in London. Working at Calderdale is great, there's a very positive atmosphere, and I always enjoy sharing my expertise with students who are eager to learn the skills they need for work."

Entry Requirements

This course will be a natural progression from the BTEC level 3 Diploma / Extended Diploma in Art and Design, Foundation Diploma Art & Design, Access to HE or A levels in a related subject. Applications from mature students are welcome and need to be supported by a portfolio of work.

Interview Process

All applicants will be interviewed with a portfolio of relevant work and will be expected to demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment.

Questions & Answers

What will be studied?

You will study 5 core units, which are designed to underpin the creative practice and industries, this is done through the use of the design cycle, developing ideas through visual analysis and communication and the support of contextualise these through reference and research. To develop your specialist skills and knowledge you will select from a series of optional units depending on your individual pathway to create an individual learning experience that allows you to explore your talent and individuality.

How is the course assessed?

Assessment takes place on work produced; students will work on a series of directed and self-directed projects and receive continual formative feedback through one to one tutorials, group and peer critiques and formal assessment on a regular basis. Summative assessment takes place each term or upon completion of specific units or projects.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

Progression to BA(Hons) Degree year 2/3 or Top up Degree in a specialist area. The HND can also lead into employment, as the qualification is a recognised vocationally developed course. The career paths within the creative industries that you can progress into are vast and include Fashion, Textiles or Surface Pattern designers, Printmakers, graphic designers and Illustrators.


Before Enrolment

The Advice & Guidance team will provide help and advice for applicants, both before enrolment and during your study, including: financial advice, applications for grants and student loans, assistance if you need help with childcare, equipment, fees, or travel.

During Your Study

You may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. Careers and student advisors are also available to give you the necessary help and guidance you need when you are progressing into work or on to study at a higher level. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

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Course details

  • UCAS Code: 2R44
  • Institution Code: C01
  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2018
  • Hours per week: tbc
  • Days: Monday to Friday
  • Start Time: tbc
  • End Time: tbc
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course Fees: £7000 per year. Students may be eligible for funding through Student Finance England. Please contact Student Services on 01422 399367 for more information. All full time higher education students must apply to Student Finance England for assistance towards fees. For help or advice with this please contact our Guidance Team on 01422-399367. The college has an Access to Learning Fund which students may access if they are facing financial difficulties. All part time higher education students should contact our guidance team on 01422-399367 for advice and guidance on course fees.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: Higher Education
  • Department Manager: Katie Walker


  • Level: Level 5/HND
  • Qualification Name: HND Art & Design
  • Awarding Body: EDEXCEL

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