HND in Contemporary Art is an exciting well-established two year fine art course designed to develop you as a creative practitioner. The course will equip you with the essential practical and enquiry skills required today to prepare you for Art School or to work as an independent artist. The diversity of the programme will allow you to build on your previous art experience as well as introducing you to more contemporary and exploratory ways of working.
What will I learn?
Year 1 of the course is project-driven and provides a broad inter-disciplinary programme of 2 dimensional, 3 dimensional and intermedia art practice. Delivered through workshops, critiques, group and individual practice you will be learning new approaches linked to art theory to help inform and develop your own art work. Combined with visits to exhibitions, museums, visiting artists and art workshops with the opportunity to take part in a study trip abroad. Towards the end of year 1 you will undertake a graded unit project which will provide you with the opportunity to showcase your learning.
Year 2 is primarily focused on identifying and developing your own studio practice in preparation for 2nd or 3rd year entry of art school. Delivered through 3 main projects (one of which is the graded unit 2) you will be developing your work in a manner which reflects your particular specialism and area of interest. You will be given tutorial guidance and support throughout and be encouraged to learn through reflective practice to work as an independent artist. In addition, you will take part in planning and exhibiting your work in a professional manner. Theoretical study is an integral part in year 2 projects. Preparation for art school is also imbedded into the programme through talks, presentations and visits.
It may be helpful to have a look at some of our student's work
The course includes:
- 3D Art Practice: sculpture processes
- 2D Art Practice: photography, painting, printmaking
- Digital: Moving image
- Portfolio Building
- Conceptual Processes
- Contextual Studies (modernism to present day)
- Collaborative Working
- Studio Practice
- Graded Unit 1 and 2
Employer and industry links
In addition to the course you will have the opportunity to participate in a 2-day workshop with Glasgow Print Studio. You will have the opportunity to work on live project briefs. Visits to galleries and artists’ studios take place throughout the course and you may have the opportunity to participate in cultural visit abroad.
Life Drawing is on offer as an additional element to the course.
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
Students from this programme will have the opportunity to progress to the following institutions to study fine art in a wide range of specialist areas. Applications to year 1, 2 or 3 will depend on the individual student and their portfolio.
Edinburgh College of Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art DJCAD, Grays' School of Art, Glasgow School of Art, Heriot-Watt University, Highlands and Islands University, University of the West of Scotland, Forth Valley College, Glasgow City College, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Portfolios are suitable for application to all UK Art Schools.
Students will have the opportunity to become members of Glasgow Print Studio.
Entry requirements (minimum)
- Preferred 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 experience
- Entry will be by interview and portfolio
- Direct entry to year 2 will be dependent on prior qualification and portfolio
If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.
- 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 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.