• Art and Design

    NC Art and Design

  • SCQF Level

    Level 6

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

  • Start Date

    Aug 2022

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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 Introduction to Art and Design

  • 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.

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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

In this course you will build transferable Essential Skills in meaningful contexts to help you become more effective in life, learning, and work. This could be communication, numeracy, ICT, working with others, and problem solving.

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.

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