Art and Design

Brief Summary

Gain experience working on live projects for real clients

Awarded by pearsonWorking in the Art and Design industry offers a range of opportunities. Our courses will give you not just the creative edge you need to get work in the Art and Design industry, but also the hard edged, practical skills and experience you need to make that all-important jump into the workplace.

Courses in this subject area

  • HNC Art Practice
  • HNC Graphic Design
  • HNC Photography


As an Art Practice graduate, your career could see you working in variety of roles ranging from sculptor to textile artist through to an art historian, set designer plus many more.

As a graphic design graduate, you could work on projects ranging from websites and books, through to computer games and corporate communications. Graphic Designers could be based within a business or be working for an agency or freelance.

As a photography graduate your career could see you working in fine art, food, fashion, wildlife, stylist plus many more!

What is a HNC/D?

HNCs and HNDs are work related, internationally recognised undergraduate qualifications. They focus on ‘learning by doing’ and give you the skills you can use in a particular job. Highly valued by employers, they cost significantly less than equivalent courses at university and you have the added benefit of flexibility rather than making a three or four year commitment.

You start off studying the HNC (Level 4) for one year before progressing on to the HND (Level 5) for a further year.

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Gain a full BA (Hons)!

Solent UniversityHNCs and HNDs are a great stepping stone to Higher Education. HNCs allow entry into the second year of a degree, while HNDs can allow entry into the second or third year of a degree.

After completing your HND with us, you could top up your qualification to a full BA (Hons) at Solent University.

Your options include:

  • HNC/HND Art Practice – progress onto BA (Hons) Fine Art
  • HNC/HND Graphic Design – progress onto BA (Hons) Graphic Design or BA (Hons) Illustration
  • HNC/HND Photography progress onto BA Photography or BA Fashion Photography

“Solent University is delighted to have signed a Progression Agreement with Bournemouth & Poole College. The agreement recognises the excellent teaching and learning taking place at the College with regards to their HNC and HND offering, and will allow students on certain courses to ‘top-up’ their qualification to a full Batchelor’s degree at Solent. We look forward to working with the College going forward, and paving the way for closer collaboration between our two institutions.” Rhys Phillips, UK Student Recruitment, Events and Enquiries Manager, Solent University 


You will be based at our North Road site in Poole. You'll have access to fantastic facilities and expert tutors to help progress your career.

Got a question?

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