HNC B Alia Mobarik 5
Langside Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
22 Aug 2022
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

Courses starting in August 2023 will open for applications on Monday 16th January 2023.

If your aim is to build an art and design portfolio for entry to 1st or 2nd year Art School, then this broad-based art course could be the one for you. Our program is fast -paced and has creative abstract thinking at its core. Delivered by a team of established artists and designers it covers a wide range of subjects which will help you to produce a strong portfolio of work suitable for art school entry.

This HNC course is also part of the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) Associate Student Scheme. The Associate Scheme offers students an additional program of engagement that helps prepare you for admission and progression to GSA whilst studying for your HNC qualification.

What will I learn?

This course will teach you how to use research to explore and develop ideas, extend your drawing skills, and teach you how to develop a creative abstract process in your work. You will be challenged to work out with your comfort zone, as you are introduced to new and exciting ways of working. First term focuses on a broad range of skills, methods, and ways of working whilst term two will be driven by your art school application and developing your work through a personal project and lots of one-on-one teaching. Your third term focuses on the final project (graded unit) which challenges you to undertake a graded self-directed project and will appear on your certificate. 

Key subjects covered by the course include: 

  • Observational drawing, developmental drawing, and sketchbook work 
  • Research skills, art in context 
  • Design process including research, development, and production 
  • 3D design construction including sculpture 
  • 2D processes including printmaking, mixed media, painting, and illustration 
  • Digital artwork 
  • Self-directed project work 
  • Portfolio presentation including digital presentation 
  • Preparation for interview 
  • UCAS applications 

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

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 can participate in live industry projects. 

Previous projects include Residencies at House for an Art Lover, Ice-cream Factory, Art Residency on Isle Skye.

Articulation Routes

The Glasgow School of Art Associate Student Scheme (Year 2) 

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 are looking to progress to either degree-level study or an HND qualification. 

Students have progressed to a wide range of universities and art schools across the UK and abroad including  

  • Glasgow School of Art (GSA) 
  • Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) 
  • Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) 
  • Gray's Art School 
  • Queen Margaret University 
  • Edinburgh Napier University 
  •  Central St. Martins 
  • Camberwell College of Art and Design,  
  • University Arts London (UAL) 
  • Heriot-Watt University 
  • University of Strathclyde 
  • Glasgow Caledonian University

In addition, HND programmes across a wide range of subjects 

  • HND Contemporary Art Practice/HND Graphics/HND Fashion Design/HND Fashion Textiles/HND Jewellery/HND Graphic Design for Print and New Media /Visual Communication/HND Illustration/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