Contemporary Art Student With Artwork
Anniesland Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
26 Aug 2019
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

If you are looking for a creative fine art course, that is exciting and challenging, then our Foundation in Contemporary Art course is ideal for you. Located in the heart of the West End with good road and rail links nearby this state-of-the-art purpose built department will give you the opportunity to study fine art practice in a professional environment.
Delivered by professional artists and lecturers experienced in their own field, we can provide you with the expertise and facilities to help you broaden your horizons and discover how to think and work like an artist.

What will I learn?

This foundation course will focus on delivering the necessary skills to help you to produce art, which contains meaning and self-expression and is current today. Using a range of traditional and modern techniques, you will work on projects, which will teach you to use research and develop ideas as part of the creative process.

Throughout the course we will help you develop your drawing skills, learn to use a sketchbook, as well as seeing your ideas transform into a wide range of media. In addition, you will produce a portfolio suitable to allow you to progress to further study within your chosen area of Art and Design.

Whether you are planning the next stage in your education, preparing to go to art school or you are returning to art education this is the perfect opportunity to discover how to produce art which is both current and meaningful.

This Contemporary Art foundation course focuses on delivering essential principals in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Digital Media and Sculpture. Each discipline is delivered through a series of projects and workshops which explore techniques and ideas used by Contemporary Artists. Here you will be given instruction in each of the disciplines and shown how to apply and use each media. Developing good research skills, you will be able to utilize this to help you advance your own ideas and artwork. Throughout the course, you will produce a variety of work, which we will help you to present in a professional manner in order to create an art portfolio.

In addition to working in the studio you will be taken to galleries, artist talks and given the opportunity to take part in artist’s workshops. Recent artists include Graham Fagan, Jim Lambie, Gregor Wright, David Sherry and Carla Scott Fullerton.

Our facilities are purpose built and include: Ceramic and glass kilns, Mac Suite, screen-printing and etching facilities, fully equipped drawing studios.

Throughout the programme, you will gain a good foundation in fine art practice, which will help you to identify your strengths and ultimately help you to progress to a higher-level programme.

This course is suitable for those thinking of applying directly to art school for a variety of courses or it can provide direct articulation to HND Contemporary Art Practice @ Anniesland campus.

Check out our past students' work at

The course includes:

  • Expressive Drawing
  • Painting in various media
  • Sculpture – hand building, casting, constructing
  • Printmaking – screenprinting, etching, mono, colliograph
  • Research and investigation
  • Mixed media artwork
  • Digital media- photoshop and video
  • Sketchbook development
  • Photography
  • Personal project
  • Life drawing

Employer and industry links

  • Workshop with Glasgow Print studio
  • Visits to artists’ studios
  • Kelvingrove art gallery residency
  • Gallery tours

Jobs and further study

  • HND Contemporary Art Practice
  • HNC Art and Design
  • Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design
  • Art school (for students with the relevant academic qualifications).

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Four National 5 Qualifications, two of which must be in Art and English.
  • A personal statement is key to supporting a successful application.
  • Portfolio of artwork.
  • Mature students will be considered based on their portfolio of work and relevant experience.

Please note: if you are planning to use this course to apply direct to art school you should have a minimum of 3 good passes at Higher level.

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.
  • Selection will be by group information session followed by short one to one feedback.
  • Selection process will be made by review of the folio of work and a short discussion.
  • Group interviews will take place between the end of February - June.
  • You will be informed of the outcome of the selection process within 7-10 days.
  • 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.

Please note: you should bring along examples of your art work to interview.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 357 6093