Course Brief

The aim of this unit is to extend knowledge and understanding of the research, analysis and application of historical and contextual skills to a selected field of study. This unit gives learners an opportunity to investigate selected references within the context of their own work, through encouraging independent selection and analysis of historical, contextual and contemporary sources. Learners will be encouraged to investigate factors which determine cultural and creative influences in art and design. These will not only include the influences of artists and designers, but also the social, aesthetic, technological, ecological and economic global forces which can shape modern thinking and direction. The unit will investigate textual analysis and historical understanding in the context of contemporary art and design practice. Learners will be encouraged to use this analysis to develop an understanding of themselves and their work within their selected areas of interest. Debate and discussion will form an important part of this unit, with learners working in small study groups as well as independently. Learners will be expected to show a high level of personal initiative and an inquisitive mind to meet the unit outcomes. Study should complement learners' chosen vocational routes and lead to self-awareness from a historical, contemporary and commercial perspective.

  • This course is offered in 60 hours

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

  1. Understand the historical evolution and visual characteristics of the work of artists and designers
  2. Understand and apply appropriate methods of research and analysis
  3. Be able to apply the influences of historical, contemporary and contextual factors to own practice
  4. Be able to synthesise research and present a professional and personal written study.
  • 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.