HNC Contemporary art practice fine art
Anniesland Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
23 Aug 2021
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 year - August to June

This course is no longer accepting applications.

This NEW and innovative HNC Fine Art: Painting and Printmaking course is taught in purpose built studios and is designed to provide a high level programme where the focus is on developing skills to producing contemporary fine art. There will be a strong emphasis on drawing and exploring both traditional and contemporary approaches to working. Development of ideas and conceptual thinking will underpin work in both figurative and abstract subjects.

This course is suitable for applicants applying to art school or as a means to becoming an independent practicing artist.

This course is suitable for applicants applying to art school or as a means to becoming an independent practicing artist.  

What will I learn?

You will learn to develop your art work in 3 key areas drawing, painting and printmaking. Working on projects you will combine theoretical study with practice to help you develop your own creative visual language. Approaches to generating work will come through experimentation, research and studio/location based work. Teaching is delivered through studio practice, group critiques, demonstrations and gallery visits. Working with professional artist and experienced lecturers we can provide you with the expertise and facilities to help you succeed. Your graded unit project will allow you to focus on your preferred working medium as well as teaching you to become an independent learner. In addition, there could be the opportunity to undertake a short course with Glasgow Print studio as well as taking part in the annual overseas visit.

Key elements of the HNC Fine Art: Painting and Printmaking course are:

  • Observational drawing including life drawing
  • Developmental drawing
  • Exploratory painting – various mediums
  • Printmaking including screenprinting, intaglio, dry point etching, mono and relief printing
  • Conceptual processes
  • Portfolio preparation
  • Art Context
  • Graded Unit Project

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

Have a look at some of our previous students' work

Please note that due to the impact of COVID-19, this course will be delivered via a blended learning approach - which may include limited face-to-face learning on campus combined with remote learning off-campus and digital learning approaches. If and when delivery is taking place on-campus, there will be reduced student numbers and physical distancing measures in place. If you require any support in learning digitally please inform the Course Leader or Student Support team.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Preferably 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
  • If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

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. This will allow you to become a student member of the studio.

Additional Life Drawing will be on offer as an evening class at a cost.
You will work on project briefs with practicing artists.

Visits to galleries and artists’ studios take place throughout the course.  You may have the opportunity to participate in cultural visit abroad.

Articulation Routes

HND Contemporary Art Practice (year 2) Glasgow Clyde College.

An articulation agreement is in place with Gray’s School of Art at Robert Gordon University Aberdeen. Successful HNC/D Contemporary Art practice students can progress to year 1, 2 or 3 of the BA (HONS) Contemporary Art Practice degree programme or BA Hons Painting.

Entry will be dependent on...
Satisfactory completion of the above HNC/D
– 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. 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
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • You can also progress to a variety of HND programmes

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 an introduction day in June which will help you prepare for your course of study.

More questions? Contact us about this course