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Art and Design: Applied Arts NQ

(SCQF level 6)

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

    This course will allow you to develop skills in various techniques of handling ceramic, jewellery and art glass materials. You'll develop design and drawing skills and understand the practical applications of various media, firing techniques and the use of workshop and studio equipment.

    Although a mostly practical course, you'll also develop research skills, complete written work and work with digital media.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.

    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 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

    You'll study:

    • Sculpture Techniques.
    • Exploratory Media Handling.
    • Surface Decoration Applied to Jewellery.
    • Creative Hand-built Shapes.
    • Colour.
    • Analytical Drawing.
    • Sketchbook Development.
    • Problem Solving.
    • Contextual Studies.
    • Digital Media.
    • Art Glass - Copper Foil.

    After the course


    You could find work as a:

    • Designer.
    • Craftsperson.
    • Theatre designer.
    • Leisure and retail industry employee.
    • Community art worker.
    • Self-employed artist.

    Continuing Study

    The portfolio you build on this course will help you apply for a range of HNC/D  level courses, such as HND Applied Arts, or HND Fine Art.

    Continuing study

    Successful students can progress on to:



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