If you’re keen to have a career in the art world, this course can help you on your way.
For entry to this course you’ll need:
- A real passion for art and design
- One Higher, preferably Art and Design with English at National 5 or above OR a relevant NC course at SCQF Level 6 or equivalent, such as Art and Design
- An interview with us
- A portfolio of your work
If you don’t have formal qualifications, but have appropriate experience or training, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.
Imagine a world without art. What a colourless, uninteresting world that would be. In this course you’ll develop skills in many of the art and design areas which so enhance all our lives, as well as create a portfolio for progression.
Here’s just some of what you’ll be doing:
- Painting - experimenting with transparent and opaque painting techniques.
- Drawing - including observational in monochrome and colour, and developmental for ideas and concepts.
- Photography - learning about camera controls, composition, lighting and exposure.
- Printmaking - producing professional quality print, through the use of plates, stencils or screens.
- Jewellery - creating your own range of designs and producing finished pieces.
- Ceramics - learning about the handbuilt process, then designing and producing your own piece.
- Mixed media - expanding your creative and technical skills through other media.
There’s also a bit of theory and contextual studies too:
- You’ll explore the creative process, from the development of visual language to critical evaluation.
- You’ll look at art and design context, both historical and contemporary, so you’ll go on a journey from the Renaissance Period right the way through to Pop Art.
You’ll also have the chance to:
- Work on live briefs for community projects or local businesses.
- Exhibit your work, including external venues such as Mclaurin Art Gallery at Rozelle House.
- Take part in competitions, such as creating sculptures in the grounds of GSK in Irvine.
- 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 HND Art and Design
Exploring your future career options including: Practising Artist, Community Arts, Youth Arts Worker, Jewellery Designer, Art Therapist, Fine Art Photographer, Teacher.
With additional qualifications, you may be able to progress to a degree programme such as BA Digital Art at UWS, or a degree course at e.g. Glasgow School of Art, Edinburgh School of Art, Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee or Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen.
BE INSPIRED BY OUR BLOGS
- Straight from the horse’s mouth – school pupils jump aboard the Creative Carousel and hear about industry options. Click here to read the blog.
- Skills on show - creative students put on dazzling display of talent at End of Year Show. 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.
- A new direction after HND - discover what’s next for HND Student of the Year Jean Muir. Click here to read the blog.