• Art and Design

    Art and Design (Graphic Route)

  • SCQF Level

    Level 6.

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year.

  • Start Date

    From 27 Aug 2018

  • Campus Availability


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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 interest in art and design
  • 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 give you a great foundation in graphic design and related areas, as well as the opportunity to build a portfolio for progression to a higher level of study.

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

  • Graphic design - creating corporate identities, advertising and packaging.
  • Illustration - learning different techniques and media, and looking specifically at children’s book illustration.
  • Life drawing - producing studies of parts of the human figure, and drawings of live models.
  • Photography and digital imaging - learning basic camera skills, composition, enhancing and manipulating images, and a project such as creating a movie poster.
  • Exploratory media - trying media and materials you might not have handled before, such as textiles.
  • Art and design software, developing skills in Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop.

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 Impressionism, Pop Art and Op Art.
  • Digital media - its role in art and design.

You’ll also have the chance to:

  • Work on live briefs for community projects or local businesses, such as creating posters for Break the Silence.
  • Exhibit your work, including external venues like Mclaurin Art Gallery at Rozelle House.
  • Take part in national competitions.
  • 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 Visual Communication
  • Exploring your future career options including: Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Animator, Printmaker, Photographer, Production Designer, Web Designer, Social Media Designer.

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.


  • Create your future - 10 reasons why graphics is a great career choice. Click here to read the blog.
  • First steps in the real world - Visual Comms students enjoy a week in the college design team. Click here to read the blog.
  • Straight from the horse’s mouth – school pupils jump aboard the Creative Carousel and hear about industry options. 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.

Start Date

27 Aug 2018