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Design Practice BA (Hons)

(SCQF level 9)

, Creative Industries

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Mode of Study


Start Date

7th Sep 2020, 4 years


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This course will be predominantly practice-based with a strong focus on understanding the multi-disciplinary requirements of Creative Industries. The distinctive profile of this course will allow you to work with others from a variety of different HND design subject areas.

This approach will give you an opportunity to respond in a totally new way, re-enforcing the importance of developing a collaborative approach to your practice. 

Throughout the course, there will be a strong focus on how you develop additional skills, such as critical engagement, self-management, problem-solving, responsibility and adaptability, which are highly prized by employers and necessary for self-employment.

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This Design degree is delivered by the City of Glasgow College and validated by the University of the West of Scotland.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

You should have successfully completed an HND in a design subject with a minimum ‘B’ in both graded units such as:

  • HND Applied Arts.
  • HND Furniture Design.
  • HND Visual Communication.
  • HND Graphic Design.
  • HND Illustration.
  • HND Interior Design.
  • HND Jewellery Design.
  • HND Model Making.
  • HND Product Design.

You can apply directly to City of Glasgow College (applications open Jan 2020) or via UCAS.

Additional selection requirements

  • You'll be invited to 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.
  • At the interview, you will be asked to present a portfolio which should demonstrate focused studio practice, a sophisticated theoretical approach to your work and a passion for investigation & development through the sketchbook process.

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

Over the two years you will respond to design briefs and develop critical thinking through the following modules:

Year 3
  • Creative Design Processes.
  • Design Project.
  • Collaborative Project.
  • Professional Design Practice.
  • Design: Industry & Enterprise.
  • Critical Theory and Practice.
Year 4
  • Advanced Design Project.
  • Advanced Collaborative Project.
  • Design: Self Promotion.
  • Design Research Project.

After the course


An understanding of the nature and power of multi-skilled individuals is central to those seeking employment within the Creative Industries. Additionally, it is increasingly recognised that creative approaches to processes are valuable across many industry sectors.

Career options include a range of employment or self-employment across a range of design-based practices.  Employers may include Design Studios, Community Education, Universities, Schools and Colleges, Galleries and Museums, Arts, Culture and Media organisations, IT and other commercial organisations.

Continuing Study

Following successful completion of fourth-year Honours you may progress to Masters programmes such as:

  • University of Strathclyde: PGDE.
  • Glasgow School of Art: Innovation and Collaborative Creating Mdes.
  • Glasgow School of Art: Innovation and Citizenship Mdes.
  • Robert Gordon University: Design Mres.
  • University of Edinburgh: Design for Change MA.
  • Heriot Watt University: Practice Based Design Mphil.


How the course is taught

The course will be underpinned by direct engagement with industry, through work placements, mentorship and industry-led design projects. Collaboration will be a key factor throughout the course, with dedicated modules in both the third and fourth year.

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