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.
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.
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.
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