The main aims of the HNC in Computer Arts and Design are to underpin specific knowledge for the candidate studying art and design in a digital context. The course has four main areas of enquiry: 2D design, 3D design, fine art and time-based art.

This course will develop digital computer arts skills through extensive use of software including the full Adobe Creative Suite covering audio, 2D animation and digital art and design.

You will also develop relevant skills and experience required to complete a range of creative projects.

There will be opportunities to develop skills and confidence in ICT packages such as the Adobe Creative Suite and 3DS Max.

  • Digital Drawing
  • Development Drawing
  • Computing
  • 2D Animation

You will develop Meta Skills surrounding the key pillars of Innovation (Curiosity, Creativity, Sense Making) and Self-Management (Focusing, Adapting, Initiative) and Social Intelligence (Communicating and Collaborating, Critical Thinking). 

  • One year full time
  • Digital Imaging
  • 2D Computer Animation
  • Digital Audio for Artists and Designers
  • Typography: An Introduction
  • Compositing and Motion Graphics
  • 3D Computer Visualisation
  • Digital Imaging
  • Computer Arts & Design
  • Art & Design Context
  • Scriptwriting
  • Theory & Practice
  • Development Drawing
  • Computer Arts & Design: Graded Unit
  • Creative Industries: An Introduction

One of the following:

  • One Higher at Grade C or above in English, Computing Science, Graphic Communication, Art and Design, or Drama; plus National 5 English at Grade C or above 
  • NC: Computer Games; Creative Development (and Animation) SCQF 6 
  • Other relevant art/digital art based SCQF 6 course 
  • Relevant portfolio of work showing an aptitude for computing/design
  • NC: Art & Design SCQF Level 6
  • NC: Fashion Design and Manufacturing SCQF Level 6

You must demonstrate a portfolio of previous work displaying examples of art and design work including digital or traditional art, animation or digital design competency. You are required to have a basic level of competency in ICT.


It is possible to progress on to a degree at university from this course - see our HE and Degree Pathways guide for more information.