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Art and Design: Product Design NQ

(SCQF level 6)

Design Crafts & Graphic Arts, Creative Industries

Applications closed

Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 1 year


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This course gives you an introduction to the basic principles of product design. You’ll gain a foundation in the creative, research, technical and analytical skills required of a professional product designer

The course is taught by creative tutors with many years’ experience in art and product design. You have the opportunity to prepare a professional design portfolio which can be used to progress your career in the industry. You’ll also be encouraged to think about the way people live as well as the social, cultural and technical factors that influence the product design industry.

The course attracts a diverse group of learners from younger students moving on from school as well as those returning to education. This is a practical project-based course where you'll use your creativity and knowledge to work on a range of product design briefs using 2D and 3D Computer Assisted Drawing programmes. 

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

What our Students say...

Alan Air, NC Product Design

Alan started on the NC Product Design course at the College and is currently in his 3rd year of the Product Design Innovation degree at Strathclyde University.

He has been involved in a collaborative project designing an app which allows dog owners to monitor the health/fitness of their pet through technology integrated into a collar. He also developed a product that prevents the littering of chewing gum.

“Attending college first put me at a massive advantage before I went to University because I knew so much more than everyone else in my class. Use your time to catch up in gaps of knowledge. It’s about your process, research, thinking and how you translate yourself onto paper. Expand and explore in order to learn, develop yourself and be a better designer. It’s about 70% hard work and 30% talent; you can’t sail through on talent alone.”

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

As part of your course, you will learn 2D and 3D professional Computer-Aided Drawing programs.

You'll design products such as:

  • Drinks Dispensers.
  • Promotional Items.
  • Furniture.
  • Public Art.
  • Recycling Materials.

You'll also develop the core skills in:

  • Communication.
  • Problem Solving.
  • IT.
  • Numeracy.
  • Working with Others.

After the course


Entry-level positions in the industry.

Continuing Study

You can go on to apply for an HND level course at the college such as 3D Design: Product Design or transfer into a related discipline, eg furniture design.

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