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Course Length

2 years


£6,750 per annum

Awarded By

Pearson Education Ltd

UCAS codes

  • Course Code: 2W43
  • Institution Code: N34
  • Campus Code: N

HND Art and Design (Product Design)

About the course

Higher Nationals are level 4 and 5 qualifications – equivalent to a foundation degree or the first two years of a full degree. They are vocational courses with an emphasis on ‘learning by doing’; focusing on the skills and knowledge needed for a particular industry.

This course in ceramics has been designed to help students discover the creative art of working with clay and how to use this unique material for design purposes.

As well as developing creative experience in studio ceramics, the programme helps students acquire the necessary skills for self-employment.

Through a series of innovative projects, learners experiment with 3D design techniques and broaden their craft. The programme has appropriate work spaces for a range of ceramic projects and is run over two set days. Students will have access to our purpose-built ceramic design studios.

This course can be studied full-time or part-time over 24 months.

Entry requirements

3 GCSEs incl. English, 9-4 (A*-C). Alternative equivalency testing may be undertaken. Typically, applicants must have at least one of the following:

  • 2 A Levels at grade A-D (one of which should be art related)
  • Vocational - Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in an art related subject
  • Access Diploma - Level 3 Foundation Studies in Art & Design

For mature students over 18, suitable work experience may be taken into consideration instead of formal academic studies.

Where next?

On completion, you may have the option to further your studies with a top-up year of a full honours degree at university. This can be dependent on a particular level 6 running and subject to an interview and terms and conditions.

Alternatively, you will be well placed to pursue a career within the creative arts industry.

Example job roles:

  • Business Owner
  • Freelance practitioner

What additional resources will I need?

Applicants will be required to attend an interview and provide portfolio evidence of their skills and knowledge.

Student finance information

Find Student Finance Information on the Government website.

Students enrolling on this course can apply for the Higher Education Scholarship.


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