BTEC Higher Nationals in Art & Design (RQF)

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Art & Design (RQF)

The new RQF qualification offers a new approach to art & design in the Higher Nationals; bringing greater emphasis to the professions and opportunities within the creative industries. The combination of new pathways and units will allow students 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, the new qualification seeks to embed this range of skills throughout the units; stressing both the creative and the professional.

The structure of the new qualification aims to provide centres with a flexible framework in which to develop a specialised curriculum that can be ‘tuned’ to local requirements. In developing these qualifications, we have worked closely with industry experts, universities, colleges and students to ensure that we are offering a qualification that supports students today and into the future.

Pathways within this qualification*:

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


If you'd like more information, or to find a college that delivers the BTEC Higher Nationals in Art and Design, you can visit the following sites:

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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.

*This list is a combination of pathways at both BTEC HNC and HND level. Please consult with your local college regarding exact pathways to be delivered within your chosen qualification. 

**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.