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Digital Arts HND

(SCQF level 8)

, Creative Industries

Applications closed

Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 2 years


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


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

The primary focus of the course is to give you the knowledge and skills to move onto further study at 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. Due to the on-going success of the course we are working towards formalising both 2nd and 3rd year entry to BA (Hons) Interaction Design at Glasgow School of Art. On the course, we continually underpin the importance of developing an individual art and/or design process rather than copying existing styles and ideas.

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

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The following videos illustrate the range of projects and processes that our students work on while they are on the course:

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 Art and Design or related subject; 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 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

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

An impressively high number of successful students have gone onto further study at degree level at top universities and art schools:-

  • BA Filmmaking at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
  • BSc Games Development (3rd year) and BSc Computer Animation Arts - University of the West of Scotland.
  • BSc Interaction Design (3rd year) - Napier University.
  • BA Hons Interaction Design (2nd year) - Glasgow School of Art.
  • BA Hons Computer Arts (2nd year) - Abertay University.
  • BA Hons Fine Art Photography (2nd year) - Glasgow School of Art.
  • BA (Hons) Art & Philosophy or BSc (Hons) Digital Interaction Design - University of Dundee.
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art Sculpture and Environmental Art, or BA (Hons) Interaction Design - Glasgow School of Art.
  • BSc (Hons) 3D Animation and Visualisation, or BSc (Hons) Computer Games (Art & Animation) - Glasgow Caledonian University.
  • BA (Hons) Digital Art & Design, or BSc (Hons) Computer Animation (with an option in Digital Art) - 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 devices; steel ruler; craft knife & blades; glue stick; scissors; pencils & eraser, masking tape, paints, inks and brushes.

You'll need notebooks/sketchbooks for research and development work.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    31st Aug 2020, 2 years
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome