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Digital Art and Culture HND

(SCQF level 8)

Design Crafts & Graphic Arts, Faculty of Creative Industries

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Mode of Study


Start Date

28th Aug 2017, 2 years

28th Aug 2017, 2 years


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


The Digital Art and Culture course provides a foundation in art and design and the opportunity for you to develop project-based work in creative coding, mixed media, digital video, digital sound, interactive media and other forms of computer art.   

The primary focus of the course is to give you the knowledge and skills to articulate onto University and or Art School.  This will include an understanding of the role that research plays in art and design and is reflective of your own creative practice. On the course, we continually underpin the importance of developing an individual art and or design process rather than copying existing styles and ideas. 

Follow the latest trends in new media, animation and other forms of computer art on the Computer Arts and Design Facebook page.

View the Digital Art and Culture's course pages on Youtube or Vimeo:

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

Creative Industries Information Session - come along on Tuesday 28th November and find out more about our courses.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • National Certificate in Art and Design or related subject; OR
  • One Higher in Art and Design and English at minimum Intermediate 2; OR
  • One Higher in Art and Design and English at National 5 level; OR
  • Relevant experience.

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 are interested in this subject. At the interview you'll be asked to provide examples of your art and design work.


What you study

Traditional Drawing skills


  • Life Drawing.

  • Development Drawing.

  • Observational Drawing.

  • Mixed Media.

Creative Digital Literacy

  • Digital Design & Drawing.

  • Cybernetics & Interaction Design.

  • Creative Coding.

  • Physical Computing.

  • Robots/Avatars. 

  • Drawing Machines.

  • Visualising Data as an artist.

  • Hacking.

  • Computational Design.

  • Virtual and Augmented Reality.

Contextual Skills

  • Art & Design History and Context.

  • Visual Philosophy.

  • Professional Practice.

  • Industry Awareness.


After the course


This course will create career opportunities in: cross-media art, interactive digital media, film and moving image, time-based art, education and community arts.

Continuing study

On successful completion of your HND you may apply to:

  • BA (Hons) Art & Philosophy or BSc (Hons) Digital Interaction Design at University of Dundee.
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art Sculpture and Environmental Art, or BA (Hons) Interaction Design at Glasgow School of Art.

It is also possible to progress to year three of:

  • BSc (Hons) 3D Animation and Visualisation, or BSc (Hons) Computer Games (Art & Animation) at Glasgow Caledonian University.
  • BA (Hons) Digital Art & Design, or BSc (Hons) Computer Animation (with option in Digital Art) at University of the West of Scotland.



How the course is taught

The course is taught through a series of practical studio-based projects, theoretical study and lectures. There are opportunities to work on live projects and take part in national student competitions. Throughout the year there are visits to exhibitions and professional studios. In addition, we have a robust programme of visiting professionals and guest speakers, providing insight into the real world aspects of working in the creative industries.

Assessment methods

Coursework is continually assessed throughout the academic year. The year is divided into 3 teaching blocks and so assessment is spread evenly throughout the course. There are opportunities for re-assessment throughout the year. There are no end of term exams.


Additional Information


You'll be expected to provide your own basic materials including: a USB pen drive or other storage device; steel ruler; craft knife & blades; glue stick; scissors; pencils & eraser, masking tape, paints, inks and brushes.

Throughout the course you'll need a number notebooks/sketchbooks for research and development work. 

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    28th Aug 2017, 2 years
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome