• Arts and Fashion

    HND Art and Design

  • SCQF Level

    Level 8

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

  • Start Date

    From 26 Aug 2019

Start Here

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • An HNC Art and Design (with a minimum of 15 credits)
  • An interview with us
  • A portfolio of your work

What's Involved

This course builds on the skills you’ve developed in your HNC. Your whole course will be linked by a theme of your choice, so you can create an individualised portfolio for submission to art school.

Here’s just some of what you’ll be doing:

  • Painting - extending your skills and techniques, producing and researching a brief, and creating your own series of paintings.
  • Drawing - creating portfolios for both developmental and observational drawings.
  • Presentation - selecting pieces of your work, framing and exhibiting them to a high professional standard.

There’s also a bit more theory and contextual studies too, but still involving some practical work:

  • You'll look more at art and design context, this time exploring issues and specific areas of the art world. You'll carry out your own investigation into a chosen topic and produce a sketchbook of your visual research.
  • You’ll look at conceptual development within contemporary art practice from 1900 to present day and produce your own developed concepts.
  • You’ll look at the role of digital media in relation to art and design, and create your own concept visuals.

You’ll also have the chance to:

  • Help plan and organise, as well as contribute to, a class exhibition in a public venue towards the end of your course.
  • Participate in a variety of other exhibitions, including external venues such as Mclaurin Art Gallery at Rozelle House or the Townhouse in Irvine.
  • Work on live briefs in the community, such as projects for schools, Churches, charitable organisations, public places, etc.
  • Take part in competitions, like designing a sculpture at the roundabout close to Prestwick Airport.
  • Be heavily involved in the Creative Department’s Annual End of Year Show.
  • Organise fundraising activities for exhibitions.

Go Anywhere

When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:

  • Moving onto BA Digital Art and Design at UWS (Year 3).
  • Moving onto Year 2 or 3 of a degree course at e.g. Glasgow School of Art, Edinburgh School of Art, Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee, Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen or City of Glasgow College.
  • Exploring your future career options including: Practising Artist, Community Arts, Youth Arts Worker, Jewellery Designer, Art Therapist, Fine Art Photographer, Teacher.


  • Skills on show - creative students put on dazzling display of talent at End of Year Show. Click here to read the blog.
  • From NC to HND – students’ fond reflections at final public show before progressing to pastures new. Click here to read the blog.
  • A new direction after HND - discover what’s next for HND Student of the Year Jean Muir. Click here to read the blog.

Start Date

26 Aug 2019



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