Anniesland Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
22 Aug 2022
Qualification Type
Course Type
2 years (August to June)

Applications are now closed for August 2022

HND Contemporary Art Practice 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 skills required 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 one of the course is project-driven and provides a broad inter-disciplinary programme of 2D, 3D 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, guest lectures from visiting artists and art workshops with the opportunity to take part in a study trip abroad. Towards the end of year one you will undertake a graded unit project which will provide you with the opportunity to showcase your learning. 

Year two 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 two 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 previous student's work

The HND in Contemporary Art course includes:

  • 3D art practice: sculpture processes
  • 2D art practice: photography, painting, printmaking
  • Drawing
  • Digital: moving image
  • Portfolio building
  • Conceptual processes
  • Contextual studies (modernism to present day)
  • Collaborative working
  • Studio practice
  • Graded Unit 1 and 2

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

View our 2021 HND Contemporary Art exhibition here

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 (virtual) and e-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.

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 become members of 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.

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 three 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.

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:

  • You will be sent a link to attend a group information session (virtually). This may be with Zoom or Teams and would require you to download the appropriate App. Clarification of which App will come out along with the interview invite if successful. This information session will consist of a presentation on the course content and show exemplars of work (digitally). You will also have the opportunity to ask questions.
  • You will be asked to submit a small e-portfolio of slides to support your application
  • Interviews will take place between February and June
  • 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
  • Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information e.g. student funding, joining instructions, kit list, induction date
  • You will be invited to a warm up day in June which will help you prepare for your course of study.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 357 6078