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3D Design: Interior Design HNC

(SCQF level 8)

Design Crafts & Graphic Arts, Creative Industries

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Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 1 year


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


The focus of the programme is to develop design skills from the basis of a sketchbook, utilising CAD, alongside manual techniques, while developing an understanding and planning of three-dimensional spaces for a specific user group. 

Throughout the HNC you will learn to creatively interpret a design brief and communicate your vision in both visual and oral form. Within the community of the studio environment, you will discuss, develop and create design proposals from challenging design briefs.

With tutor guidance, you are encouraged to critically evaluate your own and others work, share ideas and ultimately design spaces that will create a positive experience for the user. Creativity is developed through the design process via a broad range of dynamic commercial design projects, live projects, collaborations, and competitions.  

Working alongside tutors with many years professional industry experience in the commercial sector, some of whom are currently running established design practices, you may be offered the opportunity to undertake live projects, competitions and study trips to locations such as Berlin, Malta, and Barcelona.

The course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 7. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Higher Art and Design at Grade C or above AND Higher English at Grade C or above
  • NQ Interior Design or related subject OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience

Additional selection requirements

  • You'll be invited to a group and/or individual interview, where you'll get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in the subject area.
  • You'll be asked to provide examples of your art and design work.

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

You will undertake a variety of subjects, projects, live projects, collaborative work and class trips throughout your studies at the City of Glasgow College.

  • Generating your work portfolio.
  • The Design process from research and concept to presentation.
  • Sketch development.
  • Technical and perspective drawing.
  • Rendering.
  • Model making.
  • CAD.
  • Working with a client.
  • Commercial design.
  • Exhibition design.
  • Art & design lectures.

You’ll develop the core skills of communication, problem-solving, information technology and working with others.

After the course


This course can lead to a variety of careers in interior design and architectural practices, CAD, property development, shop and office fitting, museum and exhibition design. 

Continuing study

After successful completion of the HNC course, you can apply directly to the 2nd year of the Higher National Diploma 3D Design: Interior Design course at the College.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    31st Aug 2020, 1 year
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome