• Art and Design

    NC Art and Design

  • SCQF Level

    Level 6

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

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If you’re creative and are keen to make a career out of it, this course can help you on your way.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real love of creativity

  • Four National 5s or equivalent, including Art and Design OR

    a relevant NC course at SCQF Level 5 or equivalent, such as Arts and Crafts

  • An interview with us

  • A portfolio of your work

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.

What's Involved

This course will help you develop your creative skills across a wide range of areas, focusing mainly on fine art, but with some digital elements too. You’ll have loads of opportunities to experiment and also build a portfolio of your work.

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

  • Drawing - including analytical and life drawing using posed, life models.
  • Painting to a theme - including researching and developing your own visual ideas.
  • Creative 3D art forms - experimenting with different materials and creating your own sculpture.
  • Photography and digital imaging - learning basic camera skills, composition, enhancing and manipulating images, and a project such as creating a movie poster.
  • Printmaking - experimenting with different methods to produce your own range of prints.
  • Exploratory media - trying media and materials you might not have handled before, such as textiles.

There’s also a bit of theory and contextual studies too, but most still involve some practical work:

  • Colour theory - exploring colour relationships, values and emotional responses to colour.
  • Art history - covering the larger areas such as Pop Art, Op Art, Surrealism and Cubism.
  • Contemporary art practice - from 1960s onwards.
  • Digital media - its role in art and design.

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.
  • 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.

Go Anywhere

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

  • Moving onto HNC Art and Design or HNC Visual Communication
  • Exploring your future career options including: Self-Employed Artist, Practising Artist, Community Arts, Youth Arts Worker, Jewellery Designer, Art Therapist, Photographer, Teacher.

With additional qualifications, you may be able to progress to 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, Edinburgh Napier University or Perth College.


  • 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.
  • Over the moon at underpass opportunity - students’ delight at train station design project. Click here to read the blog.
  • From live brief to public display - NC student wins High Street Christmas banner comp. Click here to read the blog.

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