Aislin Smith NQ Art and Design
Anniesland Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
22 Aug 2022
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 year - August to June

Courses starting in August 2023 will open for applications on Monday 16th January 2023.

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 take part in artist’s workshops are 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, Mac Suite, screen-printing and etching facilities, 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
  • 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 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/D 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?

When you apply
You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application. The college admissions department will email you an electronic version of the reference form. Please print this and ask your referee to complete it before bringing it along to the information/interview session along with a copy of your relevant proof of entry qualifications.

You will be in contact as per the following stages:

  • You will be invited to attend an interview. Please bring along your portfolio of work, qualifications and references
  • Proof of qualifications must be supplied before an offer can be made.
  • You will be interviewed within one month after the applications.
  • Your 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 14 working days or risk losing your place.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be invited to a further session in June where you will be given additional information about your course. It is essential that you attend this.

More questions? Contact us about this course