• Art and Design

    Introduction to Art and Design

  • SCQF Level

    Level 5

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

  • Start Date

    Aug 2022

Start Here

If you’re creative and are keen to make a career out of it, this course is a great place to start.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real love of creativity
  • Four National 4s or equivalent, ideally including Art and Design
  • A relevant NC course at SCQF Level 4 or equivalent
  • An interview with us
  • A portfolio of your work, demonstrating your drawing skills in particular

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 in fine art and graphic design.

By the end of the year, you’ll have created a portfolio for progression to a higher level of study which will be bursting with items you’ve produced or designed, including:

  • Drawings
  • Paintings
  • Digital photographs

You’ll develop other skills too, such as:

  • The design process
  • Art and design software

You’ll also have the chance to:

  • Exhibit your work in College, and possibly at external venues.
  • Work on live briefs for community projects or local businesses, such as creating pop-up banners for a local charity.
  • 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 a Level 6 course, such as NC Art and Design or Art and Design (Graphic Route)
  • Exploring your future career options including: Self-Employed Artist, Practising Artist, Community Arts, Youth Arts Worker, Jewellery Designer, Art Therapist, Teacher.


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Start Date

Aug 2022

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