HNC Diploma in Textiles and Fashion | Ashington Campus | ART9011F |Northumberland College
Art, design and interactive media

HNC Diploma in Textiles and Fashion

Ashington Campus
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HNC Fashion and Textiles RQF

Start Date:
17 September

Who is the course for?

This is an intensive, hands-on course, which is designed to help you develop your own personal conceptual and creative identity and prepare you for a career in the communication industries. In year one you will study across a broad range of disciplines to build your skills, and in year two, specialise in a specific area of interest. Throughout the course you will also develop an individual portfolio of work to start your professional practice or apply to University.

Do I need any formal qualifications?

Students will have normally completed one of the following:

* Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

* BTEC Diploma in Art and Design Level 3.

* Access to HE in Art and Design or Media.

* 2 A Levels at grade C or above or equivalent.

We are happy to consider those who possess a high level of experience in art and design but may not possess formal qualifications. Those returning to education with life skills and experience in the workplace would also be considered.

What will I study on the course?

You will study a range of modules including visual communication, printmaking, photography, advertising, illustration, moving image or animation, contextual studies and professional practice. Teaching is tutorial-based by highly experienced practitioners, through seminars, lectures, workshops, critiques and gallery visits.

Validated by: EDEXCEL

Duration: The course runs over two years full time.

Level 4

Course Cost: £6150 Fees for 19/20

Additional costs:

Students are advised they may incur extra costs for additional books, journal subscriptions and resources. If the printing allocation is exceeded then you may need to purchase additional credits. Students are responsible for transport costs and this includes field trips.

Assessment is through coursework on a series of projects, culminating in a final project/show where you will produce work in a subject area and discipline of your choice. Assessments are by portfolio presentations of practical projects, written work and group critiques.

You may also have the opportunity to complement your studies with other qualifications that will help you gain employment, including Functional Skills in English, Mathematics and IT.

The HND programme aims to prepare you for a career in Graphic Design or to enable progression to undergraduate study resulting in BA Honours Degree. After successful completion of the course you could follow many different career opportunities in areas such as graphic design, printmaking, photography, advertising, illustration, moving image, animation or teaching.

Higher Education learners are entitled to apply for HE Loans that cover the cost of tuition. In addition, depending on your chosen course of study and individual circumstances, you may be entitled to a maintenance loan. You may also qualify for a college bursary All learners can also apply for help with the cost of travel to college and the college may be able to help with the costs of childcare, travel, books, equipment and meals for learners resident in houses where income is below £25000 annually.

For more information our Help Hub team is available on 01670 841 200 or email

How can I apply for this course?

Northumberland College is now part of the regional college group Education Partnership North East. The UCAS institution to apply for this programme is City of Sunderland College, with the institution code C69.

You should apply for this course through UCAS and search either by course or for City of Sunderland College.

Please use this link to the UCAS website

Where can I get any further information about the course?

You may find further information within this website including within case studies and our media gallery. You may also come along to an open event – dates of college events are listed here

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