The NQ is the first stage of learning to develop the skills required to create a portfolio for progression to our more advanced-level course, HNC Art Portfolio Production. From our HNC, 100% of students have achieved multiple art college offers, many with direct entry to 2nd year. This is unique to West Lothian College. (Please see the HNC Art page for more details.)
After successfully completing your NQ and HNC, you will benefit from our agreement to gain direct entry to Gray’s School of Art / Robert Gordon University. With an ‘A’ grade pass in the HNC graded unit, you are guaranteed entry to 2nd year studies in Fine Art.
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 personal creative practice experience and subject knowledge will support and guide you throughout the course.
You are applying to a course which has allowed students to fulfil their creative ambitions and go on to achieve at the highest level in their Art College courses.
From the NQ the majority of students progress to our HNC. From our HNC our students have gone on to study;
West Lothian College HNC art students have gone on to study animation, computer arts, video games design, teacher training, art therapy, digital media, film and T.V., visual effects, graphic design, illustration, product design, costume design, fashion, jewellery design, painting and printmaking, sculpture, environmental art, contemporary art practice, fine art, moving image, concept design, fashion, footwear and accessory design, international fashion branding, fine art photography, intermedia design, interior and spatial design, comic book art, stained glass conservation, applied arts, virtual reality, immersive systems design, simulation and human anatomy.
Our former students work in a range of areas including community arts, teaching, art residencies, animation, graphic design, fashion, illustration, publishing, visual effects and TV, curatorial, gallery and museum work, conservation, museum and gallery archiving, marketing, web design, as well as a number of self-employment roles and commissioned work.