Art & Design

The art & design industry is vibrant, with opportunities for artistic individuals across the creative industries.

As a college, we offer a range of art and design courses at a variety of different levels, from level 5 through to level 7 for full-time study and we offer schools programmes at levels 4-6 plus a range of part-time opportunities.

We have excellent links with local employers and related organisations, and we use these relationships to benefit our students by bringing in knowledgeable speakers from the industry.  Our previous art & design students have received sessions from representatives of major art schools and industry experts from companies such as Red Axe Design.

As a college, we know that not all learning takes place within a classroom or college setting. We take our students out to various different organisations and settings, with previous students visiting exhibitions at the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art, Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Edinburgh College of Art, Glasgow School of Art, Gray’s School of Art and the Travelling Art Gallery. Our links with these art schools and the high quality of learning within the college resulted in 100% of previous students who applied for art school after finishing their course being offered a place, with the majority offered direct entry into the second year. Previous art & design students have also had the opportunity to go on a study trip abroad to either Barcelona or Berlin; both of which are considered to be at the cutting edge of cultural development.

Many of our art & design students also complete a placement to allow them to build the skills and experience needed to excel in their future career. Previous students have had the opportunity for work placements within Jupiter Artland, Scottish Procurement Alliance and West Calder & Harburn Community Development Trust.

Hear from former HNC Contemporary Art Practice student Vivienne Kelly here