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Portfolio Development HNC

(SCQF level 7)

Fine Arts & Photography, Faculty of Creative Industries

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Mode of Study


Start Date

4th Dec 2017, 1 year

4th Dec 2017, 1 year


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This fast-track full-time course offers you the chance to explore a wide variety of art and design media giving you the opportunity to improve and strengthen your existing portfolio of artwork.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • One Higher in Art and Design and two National 5 Qualifications (or equivalent), OR
  • NC/NQ in an Art and Design subject.

Additional selection requirements

You may be required to attend for interview with some examples of your art and design work.

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 the subject.

What you study

The subjects on the course include:
  • Exploratory Media Handling.
  • Contextual Studies.
  • Sketchbook Development.
  • Research and Investigation Skills.
  • Art and Design Projects.
  • Analytical Drawing.
  • Digital Media.
  • Personal Creative Projects.
  • Portfolio Presentation.
  • Researching your Choice of Theme in Your Sketchbook.
  • Developing Your Ideas.
  • Working with Materials.
  • Experimenting with Mixed Media Work.
  • Preparing and presenting a strong portfolio for submission to a variety of HND courses.

After the course


The portfolio you build on this course can help you start a career in the creative art and design industries.

Continuing study

Successful students can progress on to:

Successful students will be encouraged to continue their education by applying for an HND (2nd Year) in a variety of courses including HND Contemporary Art Practice; HND Applied Arts; HND Illustration; HND Digital Art & Culture.  You might also apply for art school or university degree courses, such as the BA (Hons) Contemporary Art Practice, delivered jointly by the City of Glasgow College and the University of the West of Scotland.


How the course is taught

Hands-on practical projects using a wide variety of art and design materials. These will be supported by workshops on drawing, contextual studies, mixed media, digital imaging, research and investigation techniques, and development of ideas in the sketchbook. There will be ample opportunity for students to work on self-directed creative projects.

Assessment methods

Continuous assessment of practical projects.

Additional Information


A range of basic art and design materials can be purchased within the college at reduced prices including soft pencils, charcoal, eraser, craft knife, metal ruler, scissors, glue stick, masking tape, inks, pastels and brushes.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    4th Dec 2017
    End Date:
    15th Jun 2018
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome