If you want to build a portfolio for entry to 2nd year Art School or unsure of which Art & Design discipline to follow, then this general Art & Design course is for you. This HNC Art and Design course challenges its students to develop and enhance the knowledge and skills essential for further study of creative subjects. It also works in collaboration with the Glasgow School of Art 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 general art and design course with creative abstract thinking at its core. 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 also includes:
- Design Process
- 3D construction
- Art and Design Context
- Mixed Media
Life drawing is an important additional element and this is offered by the College at a reduced cost.
Please click on the following links to see samples of student work:
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.
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, Grays 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.
- HNC Fine Art: Painting and Print Making
- HNC Fine Art: Contemporary Art
- 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
Entry requirements (minimum)
- 2 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
- Applications are also invited from those without formal qualifications but who have relevant life and/or work experience
- Foundation/Modern Apprenticeship Award.
If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.
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.
When you apply
You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application. The college admissions department will email you an electronic version of the reference form.
Please print this and ask your referee to complete it before bringing it along to the information/interview session along with a copy of your relevant proof of entry qualifications.
You will be in contact as per the following stages:
- You will be invited to attend an interview. Please bring along your portfolio, qualifications and references.
- Proof of qualifications must be supplied before an offer can be made.
- You will be interviewed within one month after the applications.
- Your will be informed of the outcome of the selection process by email within 10 working days of the interview. Once an offer is received, you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place. Once you have accepted your offer, you will be invited to a further session in June where you will be given additional information about your course. It is essential that you attend this.
Offer of a place
- An unconditional place - you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed.
- A conditional place - your place is secured pending meeting the entry requirements.
- Waiting list - you have met all entry requirements however the course is full. If any spaces become available you may be contacted usually around the course start date.
- Unsuccessful - you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the College's Student Advice Centre to discuss alternative options which may be available to you.
- Once an offer is received you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place.
- Once you have accepted your offer you will be invited to a further session in June where you will be given additional information about your course. It is essential that you attend on this day.