SCQF Level 5
Art and Design

Course Overview

This is the ideal course if you are wishing to change career or continue your Art and Design studies to successfully progress onto further study in this growth area of the Creative Industries. You will develop your creative skills by combining digital technology with traditional drawing and making approaches to produce inspiring work in graphics, animation, digital imaging, visual art and web design. Engaging projects allow you to explore your own creativity and investigate a wide range of materials, techniques and approaches studying in our Mac Labs and Art Studios to prepare you for more specialist study. 

You will use industry-standard software including Adobe Photoshop and Animate alongside drawing and sketchbook techniques to develop Art and Design work in Digital, 2D and 3D formats. Commercially driven briefs are approached creatively allowing artistic expression whilst developing a deeper understanding of the context of the Art and Design sector. The course is project-based and culminates with an end of year exhibition of your work and portfolio. Previous NPA students have progressed onto our well recognised UAL Diplomas and specialist NCs and HNDs before University and employment within the Creative Industries.


Entry Requirements

  • A keen interest in Art and Design with a minimum of level 4 Art and Design and English (or equivalent) 
  • Successful Portfolio submission

English Proficiency Requirements

  • IELTS 5.5


How the course is assessed
  • Submission of coursework and portfolio throughout the course
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements

All applicants must submit a portfolio that demonstrates sound drawing skills and an understanding of the creative process in sketchbooks and larger scale imagery.  You’ll need to consider that we may ask you questions at interview about your interest in art and design.

 Portfolios could include loose drawings prints paintings design work or photographs drop mounted on A1 white cartridge paper. 3D or larger scale work can either be photographed and drop mounted on A1 white cartridge or if a suitable scale brought to interview.

Try to include a variety of work that shows your creative potential and imagination as well as sound drawing skills.

If you do not have a portfolio of work from either school or personal study for application to the NPA Art and Design you should undertake the tasks bellow and bring the drawings to interview. Drawing Project Research and Investigation: Consider a variety of different objects 

  • Natural form e.g.shells, plants (botanic gardens) fruits and vegetables 
  • Man-made e.g. kitchen utensils, musical instruments, shoes/boots, clothing.  
Your research should be a record of primary source material (drawing from the actual object(s)). The aim is to make a variety of drawings on the same theme using different kinds of drawing materials.
  • pencil 
  • pen 
  • charcoal 
  • crayon/pastel
You will try to recreate in as realistic a way as possible the same form structure texture colour of the object(s) using line tone and colour (where relevant). Candidates without a portfolio applying for an introductory course should complete a minimum of six drawings as above and bring them on the interview date
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • NC Art and Design
  • UAL level 2 or 3 Diploma
  • UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design 
  • Specialist HN qualifications within Art and Design
Download our progression route map here
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 3
Course Cost And Funding Options
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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

Why is creativity important to employers
Graduate Book 2020

Our Graduate Book celebrates the achievements of our HND Art and Design students.  All eight of the HNDs in Art and Design are included and these cover a wide range of specialist subjects that can be studied at Higher Education level at Edinburgh College.

Download the Graduate Book 2020 here...​

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