HNC Art students currently studying at West Lothian College have each secured highly sought after degree places receiving an astonishing 34 offers between 13 students.

The course has seen consistent success in preparing students for progression to degree courses over a number of years and this is now the seventh consecutive year where 100% of students applying to advanced level studies have all had offers.

Many offers will also see students’ progress directly into second year of these degree courses, with their HNC portfolio allowing them to bypass first year.

Remarkably two students, Breagh Reilly and Emiley Beasley were also successful in receiving all five of their chosen destinations.

HNC Art Student Breagh Reilly said: “We have had fantastic support from our Lecturers throughout our studies and there is a real sense of community within the class making it a great learning environment.”

Alex Harvey, Lecturer in Art & Design said: “Students are encouraged to produce a portfolio that is entirely unique to them. This is not an easy task; and it requires a special level of commitment: our students’ work exceptionally hard in order to reach the high standards and diversity of creative approaches expected within an Art School application. It is wonderful to see our students being rewarded with such incredible offers.”

Students received offers from some of the most prestigious Art Schools and Universities:

  • Emiley Beasley: St Andrew's University - Archaeology & Ancient History, University of Edinburgh - Archaeology, University of Glasgow - Archaeology & Classics, University of Aberdeen - Archaeology & Art History, University of the Highlands & Islands - Archaeology & English
  • Cairistiona Cockburn: Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) - Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (DJCAD) - General Foundation, Gray's School of Art - Year 2 Contemporary Art Practice
  • Georgia Cooper: Glasgow School of Art (GSA), DJCAD General Foundation, Gray's School of Art - Year 2 Contemporary Art Practice
  • Klaudia Kajewska: Napier University - Graphic Design
  • Ben Kelly: Napier University - Graphic Design, University of Abertay - Computer Arts
  • Ella McDiarmid: Gray's School of Art - Year 2 Contemporary Art Practice
  • Kerri McLaren: Herriot Watt University - Fashion Technology, Glasgow Caledonian University - International Fashion Branding, Glasgow Caledonian University - Fashion & Business
  • Rebecca Rae: Gray's School of Art - Communication Design, Gray's School of Art - Year 2 Contemporary Art Practice
  • Breagh Reilly: GSA - Sculpture & Environmental Art, ECA - Art, DJCAD - General Foundation, Grays School of Art - Year 2 Entry Contemporary Art Practice and Gray's School of Art - Painting
  • Ammna Sheikh: ECA - Art, Gray's School of Art - Year 2 Contemporary Art Practice
  • Yolanda Sneddon: GSA - Sculpture & Environmental Art, Gray's School of Art - Year 2 Contemporary Art Practice
  • Lucy Stevenson: GSA - Painting, DJCAD - General Foundation, Gray's School of Art - Year 2 Contemporary Art Practice
  • Dagmara Strzecha: Napier University - Graphic Design, Gray's School of Art - Contemporary Art Practice

Hazel Brady, Head of Business and Creative at West Lothian College said: “Entry into Art School is notoriously competitive. With only 5% of overall applicants to these schools usually being offered a place, it is a true testament to our reputation, the dedication of our lecturers and the talent of our students that they have received such an impressive number of offers. Each year our art students continue to impress and we are very proud of each one of them.”

Rona Wilson, Lecturer in Art & Design added: “This is the highest number of degree places we have ever witnessed on the course, it is also particularly encouraging that our students are continuing to be made offers in a wide range of specialist subjects and also adding some new destinations to the list. We are immensely proud of our students, both past and present, and wish them all continued success.”

HNC Art Student Georgia Cooper said: “Seeing this years hard work pay off is exciting; we are looking forward to continuing with our studies and building on the knowledge base and skills we have gained at West lothian College.”


Students will exhibit their work at Edinburgh Palette, Galleries 1, 2 & 3, St. Margaret’s House, 151 London Road, Edinburgh EH7 6EA.

A preview evening will be held on Friday 7th June 6pm – 9pm. The show will run daily 10am – 6pm from Saturday 8th June - Sunday 16th June 2019. For further details or information contact Alex Harvey at West Lothian College on 01506 418181


Image above, West Lothian College HNC Art Students, from left to right: Ammna Sheikh, Cairistiona Cockburn, Lucy Stevenson, Rebecca Rae, Kerri McLaren, Klaudia Kajewska, Ben Kelly, Dagmara Strzecha, Emiley Beasley, Ella McDiarmid, Georgia Cooper, Breagh Reilly and Yolanda Sneddon.