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Contemporary Art Practice BA (Hons)

(SCQF level 9)

Fine Arts & Photography, Creative Industries

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Mode of Study


Start Date

7th Sep 2020, 2 years


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This is a practice-based degree, where you'll have opportunities to explore two and three-dimensional art as well as lens-based and digital disciplines. You'll have opportunities through your studies for professional placements in the arts and for curation and self-promotion. Critical thinking and writing are also central to the course.

This course is delivered by City of Glasgow College and validated by the University of the West of Scotland. We encourage a high level of artistic exploration and personal development in students while delivering a distinct and prestigious vocational qualification.

Applications for this course should be made through UCAS.

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 9. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • HND in Contemporary Art Practice (or equivalent) with a good pass in the graded unit; OR
  • Relevant professional experience.
  • You must also meet the general admission requirements of the University and apply via UCAS.

Additional selection requirements

  • You'll be invited to an individual interview where you'll be asked to present a portfolio which should demonstrate your art practice.
  • You should be prepared to discuss the contents of your portfolio and will have an opportunity to ask questions about the BA CAP course.


ESOL entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

What you study

Level 9 modules:

  • Creative Project
  • Process & Enquiry
  • Visual Language
  • Critical Practice
  • Industry Related Learning
  • Process & Production

After successfully completing level 9, students are able to progress to level 10 honours year

Level 10 modules:

  • Creative Enquiry.
  • Creative Research Project.
  • Divergent Practice.
  • Promotion.

After the course


This course prepares you for a career as a practicing artist, roles in museums, galleries, studios, art centres, public art and public sector agencies, education bodies, festivals and art fairs.

Continuing Study

Many of our graduates go on to study at Masters Degree level both nationally and internationally in a variety of specialisms including Fine Art, Curatorial Studies and Arts Management as well as undertaking post-graduate Teacher Training Programmes.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    7th Sep 2020
    End Date:
    14th May 2021
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome