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  • Start date:   August 2023
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 6
  • Course Type:   Full-time


This course allows students to develop their creative skills. It is for those with a keen interest in the arts, and who have some formal qualifications and experience of art and/or design; and also mature students who would like to develop their art skills to go into higher-level courses.


  • What the course includes

    The course covers knowledge and practical skills in subject areas such as drawing, painting, sculpture, media-handling, colour, printmaking, contextual studies, digital media, sketchbook development, life drawing, art and design project, introduction to contemporary art practice and core skills.

Why choose this course

You will develop your creative skills; gain new ones; learn about contemporary art; build a portfolio of work; and participate in field trips and an end of year exhibition. Experienced lecturers with a wide range of industry experience will support and guide you throughout the course. 

Entry requirements

  • Minimum of four subjects at National 5, including English and art
  • A portfolio with a variety of examples such as painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, jewellery, sketchbooks, fabric or textiles, 3D work such as jewellery, product design or sculpture
  • We encourage work produced from observation. Note that we do not accept work copied from photographs, anime, manga, cartoons or tattoo designs

If English is not your first language, ESOL Level 5 is an entry requirement for this course.

  • Where it leads

    Education: Progress on to the HNC Art (Portfolio Production); year 1 of an HND in an art-related subject area; application for degree foundation-level.

    Employment: In creative industries including art services

Interview arrangements

The interview will involve:

  • Short talk about the course
  • Practical drawing exercise
  • Short written task
  • Individual interview with course tutors during which you will discuss your portfolio

Please bring a portfolio of your work along to the interview and evidence of your qualifications.

The subject of the drawing exercise is ‘what am I carrying?’ This could be the contents of your bag, wallet or purse. It could also be your bag or jacket. Basically, whatever you have with you.

The written task will involve interpreting artwork in a personal way.

Guidance available here.

Fees, Finance and Funding

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds. Click here to find out more

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