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Art and Design

Art and Design NPA

Campus Granton Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 5

Study mode Full time

Duration 20 weeks

Start date Jan 2022

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Course overview

Explore your creative potential within this National Progression Award (NPA) in Art and Design. The course is designed for those who are looking for a career change or their first step towards a fulfilling future career in the art and design industry. 

This course will develop your creative skills in digital technology and traditional drawing, and you will produce inspiring work in graphics, animation, digital imaging, visual art and web design. Engage yourself in project work as you explore your creativity through working in Mac laboratories and open-plan art studios. You will learn the use of industry-standard software including Adobe Photoshop and Animate and develop your art and design skills through drawing, sketching and digital 2D and 3D formats.


You will learn the hands-on experience of the industry as you follow client and commercial briefs. The course is project-based and has an end of year exhibition where you will display your designs and portfolio. This will be viewed by friends, family, industry professionals and future colleagues. 

What you will learn

How the course is assessed

  • This is a practical studio-based course assessed by portfolio submission throughout the year

 

Number of days per week

  • 3 days per week
Art students working on a project in an art studio classroom.

Entry requirements

  • Level 4 Art and Design and English (or equivalent) 
  • A keen interest in Art and Design
  • All applicants must submit a portfolio that demonstrates sound drawing skills and an understanding of the creative process 

 

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

  • Acceptance into this course is based mainly on interview and portfolio submission
  • You will be invited to attend an interview where you will be asked about your knowledge and interest in architecture and interior design

Information on portfolio submission:

  • You should include a variety of work that shows creative potential and imagination as well as sound drawing skills 
  • Strong portfolios usually include sketchbooks showing visual research and development using a wide variety of media and approaches
  • 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
  • We encourage candidates to include historical and contextual references in the form of notebooks and formal essays
  • Please ensure all bookwork and essays are clearly labelled with your name and contact details
  • Candidates should present their work in a suitable A1 portfolio case clearly labelled with their name and address on the outside
  • Please do not submit work rolled up

Candidates without a portfolio should undertake the tasks below and bring the drawings to your 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.  

Please pick one of the themes above. 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 and colour of the object(s) using line tone and colour (where relevant). You should complete a minimum of six drawings.

English Proficiency Requirements IELTS 5.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • NC Art and Design taught at Edinburgh College
  • University of Arts London (UAL) Level 2 or 3 Diploma
  • UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design 
  • Specialist HNC/D qualifications within Art and Design
     

Career options

  • Junior positions in art and design agencies

 

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Granton Campus Full time 24/01/22 20 Weeks

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