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Creative Printmaking HND

(SCQF level 8)

Fine Arts & Photography, Creative Industries

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Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 2 years


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This 2 year HND course offers you the opportunity to develop your creative talents through the use of traditional and contemporary printmaking, diverse drawing processes and digital media.

Students explore key printmaking techniques and media and this activity is supplemented by technical and creative skills in digital media, drawing and mixed media as well as contextual studies.

The course combines practical skills with theoretical knowledge and is project based. It is delivered through a mixture of lectures, practical workshops and other creative activities. You will also produce a portfolio of work that will support entry to employment or degree level courses.

View a selection of student creative work on Behance.

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 8. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Higher Art and Design at Grade C or above AND National 5 English at Grade C or above; OR
  • NC/NQ qualification in Print, Art and Design, Graphic Design, or Illustration; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

Additional selection requirements

  • You'll be invited for 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 this subject area.
  • You'll be asked to provide examples of your art, photography or 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'll study:

  • Observational Drawing.
  • Developmental Drawing.
  • Life Drawing.
  • Printmaking.
  • Lithography.
  • Digital Design.
  • Art and Design Context.
  • Printmaking Development.
  • Printmaking in Multiple Layers.
  • Communication.
  • Portfolio Preparation.
  • Bookbinding and Hand Finishing.
  • Photography.

After the course


On completion of the course, you can pursue a career as a practicing Artist, Printmaker, Designer, Print Technician, or as a Printmaking Educator.

Continuing Study

Successful completion of this course can allow progress to:

  • HND Digital Media, HND Contemporary Art Practice, HND Graphic Design at the college.

You can also go on to art school or university degree courses, including:

  • BA (Hons) Contemporary Art Practice, Gray’s School of Art (entering at year two).
  • BA/BDes Art and Design General Foundation, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art, Edinburgh College of Art.
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art.
  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    31st Aug 2020, 2 years
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome