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HNCs in the Creative Industries

The way people want to learn is changing. That's why we've reviewed our degree programmes and designed a range of vibrant and exciting technical qualifications for the creative industries with both students and employers in mind.


At Blackpool School of Arts we are always looking at ways to make our degree qualifications even more accessible. And we know that not everyone can commit to three years of study from the off.

With this in mind, we're introducing a more modular approach which means that you can study a year at a time starting with a HNC (at Level 4), moving to a HND (at Level 5) and finally finishing with a BA (Hons) Top-up programme (Level 6). You can complete the entire programme in three years, stop at the end of any year or start, take a break, then pick up again where you left off.

The same great content - more flexibly

For some, gaining a Level 4 qualification may be enough to enable them to pursue their career aspirations or to start their own business in the creative industries. For others, a honours degree may be the dream.

What's great about this modular programme is in its ability to flex to accommodate life's ups and downs so that people can gain qualifications at every stage of their higher education journey.

Interested in finding out more

You can register your interest and get further information by emailing us at or by calling Fiona Nottingham on 01253 504601 or Emma Cottam on 01253 504458.

Course Pathways

Creative  Arts
  • Commercial Illustration
  • Commercial Art and Professional Practice
  • Fashion, Costume and Production Arts
Potential Jobs
  • Freelance Fine or Commercial Artist
  • Tattoo Artist
  • Printmaker
  • Museum Guide
  • Commercial Illustrator
  • Animator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Assistant Fashion Designer
  • Costume Maker
  • Fashion Stylist
  • Fashion Buyer
  • Merchandiser


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Creative and Commercial Arts
Performance Arts and Music
  • Acting and Performance
  • Music and Live Sound Technology
Potential Jobs
  • Performer: vocalist, dancer and actor
  • Actor: stage, camera, radio and multimedia
  • Sound designer
  • Crew Stage Manager
  • Education: workshop leader facilitator


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Performance and Production Arts
Media Production, Film and Television
  • Film, Photography and Future Media (Photography or Film)
Potential Jobs
  • Scriptwriter
  • Film Editor
  • Producer
  • Studio Floor Manager
  • Photographer
  • Videographer
  • Digital Journalist
  • Production Designer


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Media, Content and Lens Based Production
On-site theatre
Book binding
Photographic studios
Fashion show
The Gallery
On-site theatre Book binding Photographic studios Graphics Fashion show The Gallery

Creative Facilities

On-site theatre
Book binding
Photographic studios
Fashion show
The Gallery

Entry Requirements

For applicants who have recently been in education, the entry profile will typically include one of the following:

  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in a related subject
  • A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades A* to C (or equivalent), and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent) in subjects such as maths and English
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications
  • An Access to Higher Education Diploma in a related subject


For non-traditional applicants, the following will also be considered on a case-by-case basis:

  • Related work experience
  • An international equivalent of the above.
  • RPL may also be considered in accordance with the awarding body’s regulations