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Art and Design / Applied Arts HNC

Fine Arts & Photography, Creative Industries

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Mode of Study


Start Date

30th Aug 2021, 1 year


City Campus

  • Applications from International Students Welcome
  • Overview

    In this challenging course, you will take part in an exciting and comprehensive programme of design and specialist craft studies. The course is project-based, and you'll be concentrating on designing, exploring and making, drawing and personal expression. Our blended learning model means there will be smaller groups of focused face to face classes on campus, with classes coming together for online learning. There is a strong ethos of ethical making and sustainability, which will be embedded into your learning.

    The course could provide you with a variety of work suitable for a portfolio with an emphasis on applied art techniques in Art Glass, Applied Ceramics, Jewellery, Textiles and Performance Costume.

    Although we teach making skills on the course, it’s an advantage to have experience in working in 3D and also making skills in different media.

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

    Entry requirements

    Minimum entry requirements

    • Two Highers at Grade C or above in Art and English AND two National 4 qualifications; OR
    • NQ Art and Design; OR
    • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

    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 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

    Year one:

    • Observational Drawing.
    • Developmental Drawing.
    • Creative Process.
    • Art and Design Project.
    • Art and Design Context.
    • Mixed Media Techniques.
    • Life Drawing.
    • Hand Built Ceramics.
    • Sculpture.
    • Glass Project.
    • Jewellery Design and Production.
    • Art and Design: Textiles.
    • Art and Design: Performance Costume.
    • Portfolio Production.

    Year two:

    • Art and Design Context: Personal Investigation.
    • Creative Project for Artists and Designers.
    • Printmaking.
    • Art and Design Project: Textiles.
    • Art and Design: Advanced Project.
    • Developmental Drawing Portfolio.
    • Art and Design: Presentation.
    • Ceramics Project.
    • Jewellery Project.
    • Art Glass Design and Production.

    After the course


    This course prepares you for a career in:

    • 2D or 3D Design.
    • Crafts.
    • Sculpture.
    • Theatre Design.
    • Teaching.
    • Community Art.
    • Art Therapy.

    Continuing Study

    You can apply for the first or second year at various art schools. There's also an option to progress on to the third year of the Contemporary Art Practice BA Hons at the City of Glasgow College.

    • Mode of Study:
    • Start Date:
      30th Aug 2021, 1 year
    • Location:
      City Campus
    • Applications from International Students Welcome