SCQF Level 8
Art and Design

Course Overview

Contemporary Art Practice HND is an innovative course designed to nurture your creative potential and build your knowledge in the arts industry. This course will prepare you for a successful career as a visual artist. You will immerse yourself in subjects on 2D, 3D and fine art using cutting-edge technology. Upon successful completion you are guaranteed entry onto BA (Hons) Fine Art at the University of Cumbria where you will develop your fine art skills and knowledge even further. 

Discover the rich history of arts and delve into modern teachings in drawing, visual thinking, life drawing, painting, printmaking, conceptual development, sculpture and digital media. You will use the Edinburgh College school of art studios and Mac laboratories to gain hands-on experience in the arts industry. You will be given your very own studio space at the beginning of the course to design, develop and create at. You will respond to a range of creative project briefs designed to challenge, stimulate and inspire you and receive guest lectures from visiting artists. 

Student-led gallery at our Granton Campus HubCap

Edinburgh is a creative hub and it is a gift to study art and design in such a cultured city. HND students will have the opportunity to exhibit their work in prestigious galleries for the general public, industry professionals and future colleagues to view. 

What You Will Learn
  • Developmental Drawing
  • Contemporary 2D Practice
  • Contemporary 3D Practice
  • Conceptual Processes
  • Digital Art Form
Entry Requirements
  • Year one: Two Highers or University of Arts London (UAL) Level 2/3 or Foundation Diploma or SQA NC at SCQF Level 6 
  • Year two: Pass all 15 credits available at HNC Level 
  • You must submit a portfolio that demonstrates your advanced art and design skills and an understanding of the creative process 
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • You will be assessed by portfolio submissions throughout the year 
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • All applicants are required to submit a Digital Portfolio and attend an Applicant Session.
  • Information on Digital Portfolios and Applicant Sessions will be sent to you after completing your online application form.
Progression And Articulation Routes

Recognised entry to second and third year Scottish 4 year Degree, for example

  • ECA Second-year entry
  • Grays School of Art
  • GSA
  • HWU
  • Napier and Abertay
  • Recognised second-year entry to R.U.K 3 year Degrees
  • BA (Hons) Contemporary Art Practice, year 3 entry at University of Highlands and Islands 
Career Opportunities
  • Artist 
  • Arts educator 
  • Painter 
  • Print maker 
  • Conceptual artist  
  • Gallery curator 
Course Cost And Funding Options
Start Date and Time

Full Time

This course will start week commencing...
  • Monday 30/08/2021
End Date

Full Time

This course will end on...
  • Friday 17/06/2022
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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

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