HNC Contemporary Art Practice
Anniesland Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
24 Aug 2020
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 year (August to June)

Course Full. Applications reopen in January 2021

This is an exciting well-established fine art course designed to develop you as a contemporary creative art practitioner. It combines theory with practice so that you can learn to appreciate and understand the ideas behind the artwork. Teaching therefore covers a wide range of fine art disciplines where you are encouraged to explore techniques and approaches in a creative manner to expand your knowledge and practice.

What will I learn?

This is a project-driven course and provides a broad inter-disciplinary programme of 2 dimensional, 3 dimensional and intermedia art. 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, there is sometimes the opportunity to take part in a study trip abroad. Towards the end of your course, you will undertake a graded unit project which will provide you with the opportunity to showcase your learning. Students can apply direct to art school after year 1 or choose to articulate to year 2 of the HND in Contemporary Art Practice.

The 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
  • Graded Unit

Student's work

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.  Life Drawing is on offer as an additional element to the course.

  • You will have the opportunity to work on live project briefs. 
  • Visits to galleries and artists’ studios take place throughout the course. 
  • 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 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
  • 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