Art & Design HND @ SCQF Level 8


This course provides students with the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, allowing them to discover for themselves where their artistic future lies. It also prepares students for Degree level courses.

The course has a central focus of building a strong portfolio. This will consist of a full range of creative subjects in order to encourage experimentation, knowledge and skills.

Learners will develop an understanding of interdisciplinary connections between the various subject areas within Art and Design and develop a critical thinking capacity and reflective evaluation processes within the visual arts field.You will also be taught skills such as time management and professional studio practice.




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

Entry Requirements

  • Completion of HNC Art & Design (15 credits)
  • Current college students will require a positive progressing learner reference and core skills development
Successful presentation of aportfolio of work
Examples of Creative Work
You will need to submit between 5 - 8 examples of creative work prior to your interview.
Please images of your work, a website or Instagram link.
If you have any technical difficulties, please let us know.
You can show us work via your webcam during your Teams interview but please let us know in advance if this is how you plan to show your full portfolio.

Additional Entry Requirements

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application you will be asked to attend an informal information and interview session. This may be virtual either through TEAMS or by phone but remember to tell us all about yourself in your personal statement!

This is a key aspect of the application process. You must confirm your attendance should you be offered an appointment.

During the information and interview session, we will ensure the entry requirements and your aspirations and career plan are appropriate for the course and the level of course you have applied for. It is therefore important that you prepare well for this.

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 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.

You may be asked to complete a skills task as part of your interview.

Course Content

The areas covered will include Observational and Development Drawing, Life Drawing; Painting across a variety of Media, Ceramics and Printmaking and a self-directed project with an opportunity to specialise in chosen media and technologies.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 project that is graded A, B or C pass.


Assessments are practical or written.


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.

Successful completion of the full HND Art & Design course will allow entry into the second or third year of a university degree course in art and design or specialist areas such as fine art, printmaking and ceramics.

Career Prospects

Graduate opportunities exist through self-employment as art or craft practitioners, artist-in-residence, art workshops and art therapy.Relevant employment opportunities can be sought in the following areas: Practicing Artists/Designers; Applied Artists/Designers; Artists Materials Suppliers; Illustrators; Community Artists/Community Arts Organisers; Ceramicists; Artist Printmakers; Gallery Proprietors/Curators and Teaching.

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