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  • Start date:   August 2024
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 5
  • Course Type:   Full-time


The course supports students in gaining foundation-level skills in photography, art, and video production.

The extensive use of practical-based skills in all areas of the course aims to assist participants in progressing further into any one of the main areas of study- these practical activities will allow you to work individually, and in small groups, where teamwork and problem-solving skills are also developed.

By engaging fully with all the course content designed by lecturers- you will gain valuable insight into how the creative industries work.

You will also have the opportunity to develop the personal qualities and skills required for further study in art, photography, videography and potential employment within these areas.

The course allows you to use industry-standard equipment, and gain valuable and transferable skills at a high level.

Creativity is the most highly regarded and sought-after employability skill, both within the creative industries and the wider job market.

Walter Montgomery studies NQ Creative Industries at West Lothian College and he talks about his experience on the course, and what he enjoys most.

  • What this course includes

    • Photography
    • Art and Design
    • Video

Why choose this course

You will be guided and supported by our skilled teaching team, and we will support you to progress onto further study.

The course develops an awareness of the opportunities for further study and the range of employment within the creative industries.

Candidates are able to develop practical skills, employability skills, and the attitudes needed to work in the creative industries. You will also benefit from hearing first hand from industry practitioners and former students about their journey with the Creative Industries to further study and employment.

At the end of your course, you will exhibit your work for public viewing. This is another opportunity to gain relevant experience in preparing 2D work for display and potentially selling this work or undertaking commissions- an opportunity that is uncommon at this level of study.

Entry requirements

  • Three National 5 awards, one of which should be in English (this supports your progression as it is the minimum level that many higher-level courses will accept). Other subjects that offer insight into your interests may include art, media, ICT and graphic communication.
  • The college applies some discretion and may accept a range of National 4 qualifications if they are supported by evidence of your interest and your portfolio.
  • A portfolio of digital work and/or practical work showing aptitude for one or more of the areas covered by the course. This may be work you have created at home or at school. You will bring this to your interview.

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


We encourage students with work experience to apply.

  • Where it leads

    Education: You may progress onto further study at West Lothian College in NC Art and Design or HNC Art: Portfolio Production and HNC Digital Creative Media.

    NQ Creative Industries students have gone on to study at NC Art and Design, HNC Art Portfolio Production, HND Photography, HNC Digital Creative Media, BA Film Production, and BA (Hons) Film and Television.

    Employment: Potential direct/introductory-level employment within a wide range of areas within the creative industries, supported by the broad range of skills acquired on the course.

Interview arrangements

You will be asked to carry out a task in advance of the interview, and details will be sent after you complete your application.

If you are invited for an interview, plan to be in college for around 3 hours. You will take part in a group interview and task and will also have a one-on-one review of your portfolio.

Ensure that you bring examples of your work. This could be artwork, photographs, video, or any additional related work you may have.

Fees, Finance & 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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Take that next step in your career and apply for this course today. If the course is not yet open for applications, feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.