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Art and Design/ Graphic Arts Portfolio NQ

Design Crafts & Graphic Arts, Creative Industries

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Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 1 year


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This foundation course allows you to build a creative portfolio of art, graphic design, illustration and animation work. The course leads you to further study on a variety of HND level courses. You'll learn to research effectively and work creatively in a studio environment, from sketchbook and design process to finished work; all of which is continuously assessed.

This stimulating and creative course will be delivered to you by our highly professional teaching staff with significant Art and Design experience and a proven track record of bringing out the best in their students. 

During the course; emphasis is placed on research, development of ideas and experimentation of media to enable you to gain a thorough understanding of the design process.

The 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'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

Emphasis is on research, development of ideas and experimentation of media. You'll gain a thorough understanding of the design process.

You'll work on graphics projects exploring:

  • Drawing.
  • Media & Illustration.
  • Sketchbook Development.
  • Creative Thinking.
  • Page Layout.
  • Advertising.
  • Corporate Identity.
  • Digital Imaging.
  • Introduction to Animation.

In Block 3 you'll have the chance to explore animation and web design, which will allow you to develop your portfolio for application to a wider range of HND courses.

After the course


The course is an opportunity to build a portfolio to move onto further study.

Continuing Study

After the course you can apply to HND courses at City of Glasgow College in the following subject areas:

  • HND Graphic Design.
  • HND Digital Media.
  • HND Art & Animation.
  • HND Digital Art & Culture.
  • HND Illustration.
  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    31st Aug 2020, 1 year
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome