Course Brief

The notion of 'art for art's sake' put forward an idea of art that had no function beyond referring to other art, whereas craft could be seen as useful; for example, pottery made for the practical needs of others. Craft also refers to skilled making, whereas art may relate more to concepts. The interface between art and craft is not fixed, and therefore for the purpose of this unit, aspects of art or craft may be seen in any activity students engage in, and which may also include elements of design.

The production of art and craft can take many forms, and generally refers to more involved processes in creating a substantial work or collection of works for example, a glazed ceramic collection, a print edition, an in-depth portrait from life or a site-specific environmental piece.

The aim of this unit is to give students an overview of many aspects of art and craft production processes, to raise awareness of the essential factors in successful production, the issues that may arise and how they may be solved through practical exploration and realisation.

Students will research into methods of art and craft production, technical and collaborative problem-solving in the production process, applying this research in a brief, means of gaining feedback, and acting upon it to achieve the best outcomes.


  • This course is offered in 60 contact hours

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Investigate the rationale for art and craft production in different contexts.
  2. Explore processes and practices of art and craft through the production of tests and samples.
  3. Develop an art or craft outcome through an iterative process in response to a brief.
  4. Present a finished art or craft outcome to an audience, responding to feedback.

Unit level: 4
Credit value: 15

  • BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Art and Design

    The Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Art and Design is an internationally recognized qualification that prepares students for employment in the design sector in areas such as Web Design, Animation, Marketing, Illustration, Multimedia as well as the business aspects of Corporate and Freelance design.

    Learners will be able to direct their studies to specialize in either Graphic Design, Digital Design or Arts Practice. This programme allows learners to develop a contemporary focus on areas of creative practice relevant to their chosen career path.

    Pearson is the largest International awarding body approved by the UK government; it has the widest range of UK academic and vocational qualifications available to schools, colleges and organizations worldwide; operating in over 110 countries, over two million people study for Pearson qualifications in over 7000 centres annually.

    Graduates will be able to gain direct access to the extended final year of the BA (Hons) in Graphic Design offered by the University of Sunderland.