Art & Design HNC @ SCQF Level 7

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This programme has a central focus of building a strong portfolio of creative art and design materials. You will explore a full range of creative subjects and will be encouraged to experiment to develop your knowledge and skills, as well as an impressive portfolio. A proportion of your studies will be self-directed, allowing for the development of critical thinking, planning and self-evaluation skills. You will also be taught skills such as time management and professional studio practice.

By the end of the course of study, you will have had opportunities to refine a broad range of Art and Design skills in two and/or three-dimensional areas, demonstrating a thorough grounding in research, analysis and concept development using a range of media and techniques and processes which may include: observational/developmental drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, public art, textiles, mixed media, and contextual studies.

Course code



Dumfries Campus



  • 1 Year Attendance
  • Full Time 2/3 days per week
  • Independent study time is also required

Entry Requirements

  • A portfolio of work
  • Successful interview
  • Two Highers at C or above or equivalent or successful completion of the Certificate in Art and Design (qualifications ideally include English and Art)
  • Current college students will require a positive progressing learner reference and core skills development
  • Entry may be possible for mature students without the stated academic qualifications depending on their prior knowledge and experience.

You may be asked to complete an art-based skills task as part of your interview.

Applicants who do not bring their portfolio will be asked to reschedule their appointment

Additional Entry Requirements

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application, where possible you will be asked to attend an interview. You must confirm your attendance. Your interview will last no more than 20mins and it is imperative you arrive on time, or you may be asked to reschedule.

Please remember that you are required to bring a portfolio of work with you to your information and interview session. Your Portfolio could include drawing, painting, printmaking, 3D, collage, textiles, digital imagery etc. Anything that demonstrates your visual awareness and creative abilities could be included. A maximum of 15 pieces and a variety of work is recommended. Please be prepared to discuss why and how you produced the creative work in your folio.

Applicants who do not bring their portfolio will be asked to reschedule their appointment.

Course Content

Course work will have some theoretical content, but the main emphasis will be on the development of Art and Design disciplines in a practical environment. The areas covered will include Observational and Developmental Drawing, Painting across a variety of media in studio and location settings, Digital Media, Creative Process, Ceramics, Printmaking and Sculpture. The course content is subject to change.

All SQA HN awards conclude with a graded unit. This is your opportunity to shine and complete an independent creative project that is graded A, B or C pass.


Assessments will be practical and written.


Successful completion of the course provides the opportunity for students to apply to progress to HND Art & Design or University.

Career Prospects

Successful completion has provided many students with access to degree courses in art and design or specialist areas such as fine art, printmaking, and ceramics. Students can work towards a variety of careers including art therapy, teaching, craft, design, or freelance creative practitioner

Additional funding information

You should apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. Please visit their website: for further details.

Selling Points

  • Build a portfolio for progression
  • Engage with industry speakers
  • Take part in a range of relevant workshops
  • Exhibition visits
  • Be taught by practicing artists
  • Develop skills for employment
  • Exhibit your work

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