BTEC Higher Nationals in Art & Design (RQF)

BTEC Higher Nationals in Art and Design (RQF)

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These qualifications bring greater emphasis to the professions and opportunities within the creative industries. The combination of pathways and units will allow you to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to work within one of the most dynamic and growing areas of the global economy. Recognising the diversity of roles within the creative industries, and the need for both specialist technical skills and broad employability skills, these qualifications seek to embed this range of skills throughout the units; stressing both the creative and the professional.

Pathways within this qualification

Brochure download buttonThis qualification has been developed in collaboration with industry experts, universities, colleges and students to ensure that it is a programme that meets the needs of industry, as well as what you would expect to achieve throughout your course.  To help you develop in your chosen specialism, there are a number of pathways, some of which are listed below:

  • Product Design
  • Interior Design
  • Fashion
  • Textiles
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Art Practice
  • Digital Design

Please note this is a combination of pathways at both BTEC HNC and HND level. Colleges we work with may choose to deliver a selection of pathways which is why we suggest that you consult with your local college regarding exact options available to you.

Careers after a BTEC Higher National in Art and Design

Some typical jobs after completing the HNC*

Some typical jobs after completing the HND*

Assistant Art Production Manager; Logo Designer; Broadcast Designer; Assistant Illustrator; Photographer’s Assistant; Layout Artist; Assistant Web Developer; Fine Artist; Ceramicist; Pattern Cutter; 3D Designer; Textile Designer; Assistant Stylist; fashion forecast researcher Art Director; Illustrator; Visual Image Developer; Photographer; Content Developer; Web Designer; Interface Designer; Package Designer; User Experience Designer; fine Artist; Ceramic Designer; fashion Designer; Interior Design Assistant; Assistant Product Designer; Textile Designer; Stylist; Assistant fashion forecaster; Jewellery Designer.
*These are suggestions of the typical job roles related to this qualification at this level. Pearson does not guarantee employment upon completion, and you will have a responsibility to make sure that you meet the employer’s requirements. 

Industry support and recognition

For years, employers have valued the skills and knowledge that BTEC Higher National students bring to the world of work. That is why students choose to study our programmes. We are proud to have developed our Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Art & Design with experts from organisations, including: The Partners, EEGP, Together Design, Creative and Cultural Skills, Design Business Association and BWA Design. 

Progression to university

We work with universities in the UK and around the world, explaining the content, structure and purpose of BTEC Higher National qualifications, so that the universities recognise your value and accept applications from you as a BTEC Higher National holder onto a degree programme. We currently have agreements to top-up HNs to over 1200 degrees worldwide and we continue our work to grow this number.

Visit our Pearson Degree Finder to find all the current articulations.

Where to study BTEC HNs in Art and Design?

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