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Anniesland Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
28 Aug 2023
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 year (August to June)

Applications open January 2024

Looking for a creative fine art course, which is both exciting and challenging?

This NQ Art and Design: Fine Art Portfolio course will help you to develop the technical and creative skills required to produce a rich and varied portfolio of art within a contemporary context. Using a range of traditional and modern techniques, you will work on projects which integrate art theory with practice. Whether you are planning the next stage in your education, preparing yourself for 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.

What will I learn?

This NQ Art and Design: Fine Art Portfolio course focuses on delivering essential skills 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. Emphasis is placed on the developmental stage of the artistic process where you will be encouraged to be experimental and creative in how you approach each project. Learning to develop good research skills is integral to the course and will help you develop your own creative voice. 

The course includes: 

  • Drawing including observational, expressive and life drawing
  • Painting in various media
  • Sculpture – hand building, casting, constructing
  • Printmaking – screenprinting, etching, mono, collagraph
  • Art context
  • Mixed media artwork
  • Digital media
  • Sketchbook development
  • Personal project.

Throughout the NQ Art and Design: Fine Art Portfolio course, you will be supported in preparing and presenting your portfolio of artwork for future progression of a Fine Art Course.

In addition to working in the studio, visit to galleries will be encouraged, artist talks may be given, and the opportunity to participate in artist workshops is sometimes available. 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, a Mac suite, screen-printing, etching facilities and fully equipped drawing studios.

Check out our past students' work at

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

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Two National 5s, Art and Design and English are preferable but not essential OR 
  • A personal statement is key to supporting a successful application 
  • You may be asked for examples of your art work if you require reassurance that this is the right course for you 
  • 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 two good passes at Higher level. 

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 

Employer and industry links

  • Workshop with Glasgow Print Studio
  • Visits to artists’ studios
  • Gallery and studio visits.

Jobs and further study

  • HNC Fine Art: Contemporary Art Practice
  • HNC Fine Art: Painting and Printmaking
  • Art school (for students with the relevant academic qualifications)

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.

You will be in contact as per the following stages: 

  • Offers will be made based on your application and the ability to meet the entry requirements for the course
  • If you do not meet the entry requirements, you may be asked to attend an informal interview where we discuss your experience and suitability for the course
  • Once you accept your offer, you will be expected to attend an information session in college.
  • 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 invited to a warmup session in June 2023 where you will be given additional information about your course, timetable etc. It is essential that you attend this. 

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3291