IMG 5430
Anniesland Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
26 Aug 2019
Qualification Type
Course Type
2 years (August to June)

Applications open January 2020

This new and updated HND Contemporary Art Practice (August 2019) course is designed to develop you as a creative practitioner equipped with transferrable knowledge and skills. The course is project-driven and offers you an inter-disciplinary programme covering 2D, 3D and intermedia art practice. It will prepare you to work and think like a contemporary artist.

What will I learn?

This course is ideal in equipping you in preparation for Art School delivered through a mixture of studio practice, group critiques, demonstrations and study visits which will aid you to become an independent learner.

Year 1 will introduce you to a broad range of art practices that will allow you to work in a variety of ways and at the same time helping you develop enquiry and research skills suitable for the development of your ideas. You will also have an in-depth introduction to art theory and context from modernism to present day, which will help develop your own art practice. Students can apply to art school from year 1.

Year 2 is primarily focusing on developing your own studio practice. This is delivered through 3 main projects, in addition you will exhibit your work in a professional manner and develop an on line presence for your art. Theoretical study is an integral part in year 2.

Have a look at some of our student's work here:

The course includes:

  • 3D Art Practice: sculpture and installation
  • 2D Art Practice: photography and painting
  • Drawing: Life Drawing and Developmental Drawing
  • Digital Artwork: Photoshop and Video
  • Printmaking
  • Portfolio Building
  • Conceptual Processes
  • Contextual Studies
  • Collaborative Working
  • Studio paractice
  • Graded Unit 1 and 2

Employer and industry links

You will have the opportunity to participate in a 2-day workshop with Glasgow Print Studio.
Life Drawing is on offer as an addition to the course.
You will work on project briefs with practicing artists.
Visits to galleries and artists’ studios take place throughout the course.

Articulation Routes

An articulation agreement is in place with Gray’s School of Art at Robert Gordon University Aberdeen.  Successful HND Contemporary Art practice students can progress to year 3 of the BA (HONS) Contemporary Art Practice degree programme.  Entry will be dependent on...

Satisfactory completion of the above HND
– Grade A in the Graded Unit
– Attendance at interview
– Portfolio review

Jobs and further study

Previous students have progressed onto degree programmes at the following:

Edinburgh College of Art, Dundee DJCA, Grays' School of Art, Glasgow School of Art, Heriot-Watt University, Highlands and Islands University, University of the West of Scotland, University of Cumbria, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, St Martins School of Art, Bristol School of Art, UCA Canterbury, Liverpool School of Art and Design, Amsterdam School of the Arts.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Minimum of two Highers (including art) at Band C or above plus a suitable portfolio or one Higher and a good portfolio from an appropriate NQ/NC level course
  • Applications are also invited from those without formal qualifications but who have relevant life and/or work experience
  • Entry will be by interview and portfolio
  • Direct entry to year 2 will be dependent on prior qualification and portfolio.

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.

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?

  • When you apply, you will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and will be in contact as per the following stages:
  • Staff will look over your artwork before feeding back to you on an individual basis during a group interview.
  • The group interview followed by a one-to-one discussion during which time references should be available (unless sent in advance). Qualifications should be available during the interview.
  • Interviews will take place between February and June. Selection will be based on the artwork and the suitability of the candidate to the course.
  • Outcomes are sent by email within 10 working days of interview.
  • Once an offer is received, you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place.
  • If a place is unavailable at your campus of first choice, you may be offered a place at one of our other campuses and you must respond to this within the timescale above.
  • Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information e.g. student funding, joining instructions, kit list, induction date.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 357 6093