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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

6th Sep 2021, 1 year


City Campus

  • Applications from International Students Welcome
  • Overview

    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 for a group and/or individual interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.  Where COVID restrictions are in place we will invite you to either a video meeting, telephone conference call or make an offer based on your application form.
    • You'll be asked to present a portfolio that should demonstrate your art practice and be prepared to discuss the contents of your portfolio - Portfolio Guidance.

    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.


    How the course is taught

    This course will be delivered through blended learning with demonstrations, lectures and practical activities.

    • Mode of Study:
    • Start Date:
      6th Sep 2021
      End Date:
      3rd Jun 2022
    • Location:
      City Campus
    • Applications from International Students Welcome