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Higher Art and Design

Anniesland Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date & time
22 Aug 2024 @ 6 - 9pm (Thursday evenings)
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 year (August - June)


This Higher Art and Design evening course provides a broad, investigative and practical experience of art and design. Creativity is the key focus. You will develop knowledge of art and design practice by studying artists and designers and their work. You will also develop an understanding of expressive art and design processes and gain related skills. This course provides opportunities for you to be inspired and creatively challenged as you communicate your personal thoughts, ideas and feelings through your work.

What will I learn?

The Higher Art and Design evening course has three key elements as follows:

1. Producing a portfolio of design work

This is a body of coursework which is developed from a design brief. It includes investigative research which is used to produce development work leading to an outcome/ product.

2. Producing a portfolio of expressive work

This is a body of coursework made in response to a theme or stimulus. This will include drawing, development work and experimentation with media and ideas leading to a final artwork.

3. Theoretical study

You will develop knowledge and understanding of artists’ working practices and the social, cultural and other influences affecting their work and practice.

You must undertake an external written exam in art theory.

General course information:

  • The course is a broad-based qualification and suitable for you if you have an interest in art and design and if you would like to progress to higher levels of study. It allows you to consolidate and extend your art and design skills.
  • The course is learner-centred and includes investigative and practical learning opportunities. The learning experiences are flexible and adaptable, with opportunities for personalisation and choice in both expressive and design contexts. This makes the qualification accessible to the needs and aspirations of a diverse range of candidates.
  • Art packs will be available to purchase from the department and you will have access to the college library.
  • Due to the requirements of the curriculum, you will be required to invest a minimum of three hours self-study each week.

Thinking of joining?

If you'd like a place on this course, you must:

  • Ensure you meet the entry requirements
  • Pay the full fee (£460) or a deposit (£250)

Payment Options:

  1. Pay the full fee of £460
  2. Pay the deposit of £250 online using discount code DEPOSIT
  3. After the deposit payment, you will have a balance of £210 to pay. This balance will be paid in instalments of £105 over the 2 subsequent months following your deposit payment. (payment required by the 31st of the month)
  4. Follow the instructions within your joining instructions to make your balance payments.
  5. There are no funding options or fee waivers available for this course.
  6. If you choose to make only a deposit payment, you agree to make all outstanding balances as directed.

Please see the full T&Cs below.

Private Candidates - SQA Exams 

If you are a private candidate wishing to sit an SQA exam for National 5 and Higher subjects, we may be able to support you as the presenting centre. Just use the link below to find out more.

Find out more about Private Candidates - SQA Exams

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • You should have achieved a PASS in National 5 Art and Design, Intermediate 2 or Standard grade (or equivalent, and/or relevant experience prior to starting this course)
  • If you don't have the above you should produce a portfolio to evidence your practical skills or have worked in the creative industries
  • Passion for studying art.


Please ensure you meet these entry requirements prior to making payment. If you pay but do not meet the entry requirements, the College reserve the right to refuse any refund.

You are required to provide your Scottish Candidate Number (SCN) upon booking so we can ensure you meet the entry requirements above.

Jobs and further study

It may be possible for you to progress to the following courses:

  • NQ Fine Art Portfolio (Anniesland)
  • Advanced Portfolio Preparation - UAL Level 3 (Langside)
  • HNC/D Contemporary Art Practice (Anniesland)
  • HNC Art and Design (Langside)
  • HNC Painting and Printmaking (Anniesland)

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3298