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HND Product Design (Ceramics)

This two year course encourages experimental techniques of 3D design, supporting skills for self-employment and promotion, and may lead to a variety of employment opportunities within the Creative Industries.

Entry Requirements

You need to have at least one of the following Level 3 qualifications:

-Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design)
-Access to Art & Design
-National Extended Diploma in Art & Design
-Two A Levels at Grade C or above in appropriate subjects
-Five GCSEs grade C or above, including English.

Equivalent Level 3 qualifications will also be considered.

Swindon College welcomes mature applicants who do not meet the academic entry requirements, who have a genuine wish to succeed and can provide evidence of relevant work-related experience. All applicants are required to attend an interview where they will be expected to bring a portfolio of project work.

Fees information


What do I need to bring?

A pen, pencil and paper to make notes. Other specialist equipment and materials may be needed as you progress through the course. These will be discussed at interview stage.

Assessment/Exam information

Students must achieve a minimum of 120 credits (of which at least 65 must be at level 4) on their programme of learning to be awarded a BTEC Level 4 HNC and a minimum of 240 credits (of which at least 125 must be at level 5 or above) to be awarded a BTEC Level 5 HND.

The assessment of BTEC Higher National qualifications is criterion-referenced and evidence must be made against published learning outcomes and assessment criteria.

All work submitted for assessment will be returned with feedback within four weeks.

Other information

The course comprises of interrelated modules emphasising approaches to producing creative ceramic work. Subjects covered will include:

• Visual Communication
• Ideas Generation and Development
• Contextual and Cultural Referencing
• Professional Practice
• Design Methods
• Ceramic Design
• Properties of 3D Materials
• Drawing Techniques and Processes

All modules may be subject to change.

What can I do next?

Edexcel BTEC National Higher diploma in 3D Design (Ceramics) can lead to jobs within Creative Industries or self-employment opportunities, as well as
progression on to degree courses in Ceramics or a related discipline.
Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma.

Qualification description

Higher National Diploma Product Design (Ceramics)

Course information & how to apply

Length Start Date End Date Course Fees Course Code
31 weeks per year 10 Sep 2018 28 Jun 2019 Tuition fee: £5,950.00 ADH4050
Study type: Full Time
Hours per week: 12.00
Study days: 2 DAYS

Any extra costs

Students may incur additional costs in the production of their own practical work. These costs will vary depending on the nature of the work produced.

How to apply

Applications should be made via UCAS at Please quote UCAS code 2W42. Please use the institution code S98 & UCAS code 2W42. Please note that an interview and portfolio will be required.

For further information contact or telephone student services on 01793 498106