Art and Design
HND Art and Design
Full-time, one year
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
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.
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.
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