Art & Design NC @ SCQF Level 6


The National Certificate in Art & Design programme will develop your skills, confidence and awareness in a range of 2D and 3D media, offering you a rich learning experience.

You will have the opportunity to learn about contemporary art and artists and build an individual, creative portfolio of work.

Course code





Full Time 2/3 days per week.

Independent study time is also required.

Entry Requirements

  • A portfolio of work
  • Successful interview 
  • 3 National 5 awards at C or 3 intermediate 2 awards or Foundation Studies in Creative Industries (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

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application you will be given a date and time slot to take part in a phone interview. You must confirm your interview.


Please remember that you are required to submit a portfolio of work prior to your Information and Interview Session. Please send this in digital format to:

Reviewing your portfolio will help our specialist staff to give you the best advice on which level of study and course is right for you at this time.

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 10 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.

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

Course Content

Subjects you will study include: Colour, Contextual Studies, Digital Media, Drawing, Sketchbook Development, Introduction to Sculpture, Painting and Media Techniques and Printmaking. The course content is subject to change.

Essential skills for employment or progression to further study will be developed including Digital Skills, ICT, Communication, Numeracy, Problem solving and Working with others.


Practical and written assessments.


On successful completion of the NC in Art and Design you may apply to progress to higher level courses.

Career Prospects

The course is designed to provide an option for further study in Art & Design which will then lead to employment in a range of artistic or design careers including self-employment or creative roles such as painting, illustration, print making, drawing, ceramics etc.

Additional funding information

You may be eligible for Bursary or EMA funding for this course. Please contact a member of the funding team for details. (01387) 734000

Selling Points

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