This course allows you to study a variety of creative arts including life drawing, painting, 2D and 3D design skills, printmaking, and mixed media. During the course, you will develop a substantial portfolio and also take part in an exhibition of your own work, which will all help prepare for employment or your next step to Higher Education. This course is suitable for school leavers who have studied Higher Art and Design as well as adult returners who have considerable art experience.

This course will help enhance your skill-set and prepare you for employment.

Skills you will learn include: 

  • Life Drawing 
  • Painting 
  • 2D and 3D Design Skills 
  • Printmaking
  • Mixed Media 
  • One year full-time
  • Creative project for artists and designers
  • Development drawing portfolio
  • Art and design context – personal investigation
  • Art and design: advanced project
  • Art and design presentation
  • Public art
  • Reflective practice
  • Painting exploratory techniques
  • Direct entry into year 2 (HND) requires the full, successful completion of the related HNC with 15 SQA credits.

  • If you do not currently have the full 15 SQA credits, please contact us at for further support on the options available to you to be accepted onto this HND course.


  • Wide variety of employment opportunities depending on particular discipline or area of expertise.
  • Portfolio of art work.
  • You may be required to take part in an informal conversation as part of the application process. This group/individual conversation may be an information session, a portfolio discussion, or a skills based exercise.