Art & Design Student Painting
Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
26 Aug 2019
Qualification Type
Other non-advanced qual
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

Applications for August 2020 open January 2020

This University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design, (formerly NQ Art and Design: Advanced Portfolio Preparation) has been designed to provide the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to degree-level study in art and design, or into employment.

It provides an opportunity for you if you have an interest in the visual arts to explore, develop and test your creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating and demanding and provides a supportive transition from further to higher education.

What will I learn?

This course is ideal if you wish to gain entry into 1st year at Art School or progress onto HNC/D Art-based courses within the college.

You'll be offered unique opportunities involving residencies and collaborations with established art institutions, enabling you to develop your own ideas and concepts.

The course content is delivered by a team of established and practising artists and designers. It covers drawing, painting, two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, illustrative sculpture, and observational drawing. You will join a general class combining fine art and design, which is ideal if you're unsure what area best suits your skills.

Throughout this art and design course, you will work on your own portfolio. Tutor support is provided on a one-to-one basis throughout this process providing invaluable advice about which direction to head with projects; ensuring the preparation of a portfolio that is well-rounded with a diversity of media and project types. In each project you will work on source drawing, design development and creative solutions.

Life drawing is an important additional element and this is provided by the College at a reduced cost.

Artist residencies are offered throughout this course. Previous venues have included House for an Art Lover and Sabhal Mor Ostaig in Skye.

Throughout the course, guest professional artists and designers deliver skills based workshops.

You will be taken to open days and exhibitions, given assistance with the UCAS process, and helped prepare for your art school interview and the submission of your portfolio.

Employer and industry links

We have well established links with professional Artist and Designers who deliver prestige’s workshops for all our courses. You will also have the opportunity to participate in live industry projects - recent projects include Ice Cream Architecture and House for an Art Lover.

Jobs and further 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. This year our students have managed to secure an impressive 174 places at degree level and further study.

  • HNC Art and Design
  • HND Fashion Design 
  • HND Fashion Textiles
  • HND Jewellery and Silversmithing
  • HND Graphic Design for Print and New Media: Visual Communication
  • HND Contemporary Art Practice
  • HND Computer Arts and Animation

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Two Highers including Art and Design, and English, are preferable but not essential or Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design.
  • A strong portfolio of art and design work
  • A suitable reference is required
  • A personal statement is key to supporting a successful application.

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?

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 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 application.
  • You 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 invited to a summer briefing and end-of-year exhibition.

You will be sent further information on student funding, joining instructions, and induction date.

When I started the course I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in the future, but the tutors all supported me in making a decision. I am really happy that I have been offered, and have accepted, a place at Glasgow School of Art to study Textiles next year
All the hard work was worth it and I would really recommend this course to anyone who is thinking about studying a Portfolio Preparation course

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3187