Art & Design Student Working On Collage
Langside Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
23 Aug 2021
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

This course is no longer accepting applications.

Please note: Applications are now only being considered for the Waiting List. We may transfer your application to one of our other courses within the Art Department.

If you want to build a portfolio for entry to 1st or 2nd year Art School or explore general Art and Design further, then this course is for you. This course will challenge you to develop and enhance your knowledge and skills which will be essential for further study of creative subjects.

The course also works in collaboration with the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) through an Associate Student Scheme. The Associate Scheme offers a programme of activity to help support eligible HNC students on their applications to and readiness for Year 2 of a range of programmes at the GSA.

What will I learn?

This is a fast-paced HNC Art and Design course which has creative abstract thinking at its core. The teaching environment is ideal for anyone looking to gain access to 1st and 2nd year at art school.

The teaching environment is ideal for anyone looking to gain access for year 2 at art school. Throughout this HNC course, which is equivalent to the first year at Art School, you will work on your own portfolio. Tutor support is offered on a one-to-one basis.

The course content is delivered by a team of established artists and designers and covers drawing, painting, 2D design and 3D work, which is ideal if you are unsure what area best suits your skills. You will be invited to open days and exhibitions, given assistance with the UCAS university application process, and helped to prepare for your art school interview and submission of your portfolio.

The course includes:

  • Drawing
  • Design process
  • Textiles
  • 3D construction
  • Printmaking
  • Art and design context
  • Painting
  • Mixed media
  • Illustration

Life drawing is an important additional element and may be offered by the College at a reduced cost.

Please click on the following links to see samples of previous students' work:

HNC Art and Design Blog

HNC Art and Design Instagram

Hear from one of our Alumni Richard Lettice

Please note that due to the impact of COVID-19, this course will be delivered via a blended learning approach - which may include limited face-to-face learning on campus combined with remote learning off-campus and digital learning approaches. If and when delivery is taking place on-campus, there will be reduced student numbers and physical distancing measures in place. If you require any support in learning digitally please inform the Course Leader or Student Support team.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Two Highers at C level or above, preferably Art and English, plus a strong portfolio of work, or
  • Level 3 Diploma Art & Design, or
  • NQ in an art or design related area, plus a very strong portfolio of work
  • Foundation/Modern Apprenticeship Award.
  • Applications are also invited from those without formal qualifications but who have relevant life and/or work experience.

Entry requirement equivalency table

If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Please note: if you are planning to use this course to apply direct to Art School, you may require additional Highers, please check with the individual institute.

Employer and industry links

We have well established links with professional Artist and Designers. You will also have the opportunity to participate in live industry projects.

Articulation Routes

The Glasgow School of Art Associate Student Scheme

HNC students who meet the eligibility criteria and prefer to progress directly into Year 2 will have the opportunity to participate in the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) Associate Student Scheme programme as their first choice. The Associate Scheme offers a programme of activity to help support students on their applications to and readiness for Year 2 of a range of programmes at the GSA. Around one-third of the HNC cohort participates in the Scheme each year. Participation in the Associate Student Scheme does not guarantee the offer of a place at the GSA. For more information visit the GSA website.

Jobs and further study

This course is ideal if you're looking to progress to either HND or degree-level study.
Students have progressed to universities and art school, including Glasgow School of Art, Edinburgh College of Art, Queen Margaret University, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Gray's Art School, Edinburgh Napier University, Central St. Martins, Camberwell College of Art and Design, University of Creative Arts, Heriot-Watt University, University of Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian University, as well as a variety of HND programmes below or our own BA (Hons) Graphics Design:

  • HNC Fine Art: Painting and Print Making
  • HNC Fine Art: Contemporary Art
  • HND Illustration
  • HND Graphics
  • HND Fashion Design
  • HND Fashion Textiles
  • HND Jewellery
  • HND Graphic Design for Print and New Media: Visual Communication
  • HND Contemporary Art Practice
  • HND Computer Arts and Animation

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

You will receive an automated email from the Admissions department confirming that we have received your application. If you meet the minimum entry requirements you will then be invited to an interview, (this may be a group interview and will most likely be virtual on Zoom/MS Teams, you will have to download the appropriate apps). Interviews will generally take place between February and May 2021. You may also be required to show evidence of your drawing/portfolio work, you will be informed prior to an interview if this is required.

You will be informed by email within two weeks of the interview whether you have been successful in achieving either a conditional or an unconditional place on the course. Once an offer is received, you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place on the course.

Successful applicants will be asked to attend a warm-up session in June where they will get further information on student funding, joining instructions and induction dates.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3777