Course Brief

The aim of this unit is to encourage an understanding of the social, psychological, cultural, historical and commercial factors which underpin all visual arts theory and practice across the spectrum of subject specialisms. This unit develops learners' knowledge of the cultural history and social theory which informs current thought and debate across the visual arts. Emphasis is on research and study skills and on learners acquiring source material and knowledge. For this unit learners will need to be familiar with a broad sweep of the historical and cultural developments which inform current thought and debate about art and design in general and their chosen specialism in particular.

  • This course is offered in 60 hours

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

  1. Be able to undertake in-depth research
  2. Understand influences on art and design activities and outcomes through the interpretation and analysis of information
  3. Be able to assess, interpret and evaluate information
  4. Be able to evaluate and present conclusions.
  • BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Graphic Design

    The Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Graphic 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.

    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.