If you’re creative and are keen to make a career out of it, this course is a great place to start.
For entry to this course you’ll need:
- A real love of creativity
- Four National 4s or equivalent, ideally including Art and Design
- A relevant NC course at SCQF Level 4 or equivalent
- An interview with us
- A portfolio of your work, demonstrating your drawing skills in particular
If you don’t have formal qualifications, but have life experience, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.
This course will help you develop your creative skills in a wide range of arts and crafts areas.
By the end of the year, you’ll have created a portfolio for progression to a higher level of study which will be bursting with items you’ve produced or designed, including:
- Drawings and paintings
- Ceramic pots
- Jewellery pieces
- Digital photographs
You’ll develop other skills too, such as:
- Design, including tie dying t-shirts
- Surface decoration, and how to creatively apply embellishing with yarns and ribbons
- Art and design software, such as Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop
- You’ll build transferable Essential Skills in meaningful contexts to help you become more effective in life, learning, and work. This could be communication, numeracy, ICT, working with others, and problem solving.
You’ll also have the chance to:
- Exhibit your work, including external venues such as Mclaurin Art Gallery at Rozelle House.
- Work on live briefs for community projects or local businesses, such as creating pop-up banners for a local charity.
- Go on trips to galleries and exhibitions, like the Scottish National Gallery of
Modern Art in Edinburgh or Kelvingrove in Glasgow.
- Take part in workshops with local, practising artists.
- Be involved in the Creative Department’s Annual End of Year Show.
- Take part in an enterprise activity, with the chance to sell a piece of your work.
When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:
- Moving onto a Level 6 course, such as NC Art and Design or Art and Design (Graphic Route)
- Exploring your future career options including: Self-Employed Artist, Practising Artist, Community Arts, Youth Arts Worker, Jewellery Designer, Art Therapist, Teacher.
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