SCQF Level 6
Art and Design

Course Overview
This course is for pupils who are in their final years of high school. This course is intended to be studied alongside your high school subjects. Foundation Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media in Graphic Design is your first step towards an exciting career in the design industry. 

You will study the principles of creative thinking, branding and logo design, and use of Photoshop and In-Design to develop the skills and knowledge needed to produce a variety of design outcomes for both print and online platforms. You will develop vital industry skills within the School of Art and Design studios and Mac Labs. This is a two-year course taught at Edinburgh College Granton campus.

In year one you will attend College for around two afternoons a week and complete a National Progression Award (NPA) in Creative and Digital Media (SCQF Level 6). In year two you will spend around 10 hours a week at Edinburgh College and at a work placement. Work placements may be paid and will give you hands-on experience of working in a design agency to gain the essential workplace skills for further employment or study. This course will lead to further study of graphics or user experience at a higher level and a potential career in the industry.
Placement Information
You will do an industry-related work placement either within the industry or within a realistic working environment at Edinburgh College.
Entry Requirements
  • Studying National 5 Art and Design would be an advantage
  • Pupils should be working towards achieving one or two Highers over S5 and S6 
  • The ability to work towards an SCQF Level 6 (Higher) qualification 
  • An interest in a career in the Design industry 


English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • You will be assessed through both practical and written assignments
Progression And Articulation Routes

  • Gain direct employment at entry level in Graphic or User Experience Design sector
  • Gain accelerated entry onto a Modern Apprenticeship in the Creative Sector
  • Progress onto a Graduate Apprenticeship
  • Progress to College - direct access to a variety of HND courses in School of Art and Design for example HND Visual Communications: Graphics or User Experience (depending on Portfolio)
  • Progress to University – Dependant on other gained qualifications and Portfolio 

Career Opportunities

  • Graphic Designer
  • UX Designer
  • Web/App Designer

Number Of Days Per Week

  • Approximately 2 afternoons per week on Tuesday and Thursday, 1.30pm-4.00pm

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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

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Graduate Book 2021

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 2021​

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