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Art and Design: Fine Art Portfolio NQ

(SCQF level 6)

Fine Arts & Photography, Creative Industries

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Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 1 year


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This course offers you a robust and exciting introduction to the study of fine art and gives you the opportunity to build up a rich and varied portfolio of work. It is ideal for individuals with ambitions towards a creative career. The course will help you develop key practical artistic skills and will help enhance your understanding of contemporary art in general.  You will be encouraged to develop your creativity and your awareness of specialist skills and techniques, taking ownership of your own unique creative voice.

You can view student work on tumblr.

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 6. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • National 5 Art and Design and National 5 English at Grade C or above; 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.
  • 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

The course will cover a wide variety of topics:

  • Exploratory Media Handling.
  • Contextual Studies.
  • Painting and Media Techniques.
  • Sketchbook Development.
  • Colour.
  • Research and Investigation Skills.
  • Art and Design Project.
  • Analytical Drawing.
  • Digital Media.
  • Figure and Life Drawing.
  • Painting to a Theme.
  • Expressive Activity.

You will also study communication, IT and problem-solving.

After the course


You can progress to a range of HNC or HND courses such as Fine Arts or Applied Arts.

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