Art & Design SCQF Level 6

This course is portfolio-focused, helping you to build a solid body of work evidence.


Why take this course?

This course is primarily aimed at those who want to build a portfolio, and will allow you to experiment with different designs and approaches whilst developing key practical skills. The course will increase your understanding of contemporary art and design and prepare you for advancing towards further study at College or university.

What you will experience

You will learn about life drawing, analytical drawing and exploratory media handling. You will also develop strong painting skills, learn about the use of colour in your work, and explore other key aspects of art and design such as contextual studies and digital media.

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Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants should have relevant knowledge and skills. A qualification in Art & Design at National 5, Intermediate 2 or Standard Grade Credit level (at least) is recommended.

An English qualification at this level is also preferred, but at the very least applicants should have achieved Core Skills Communication at SCQF Level 5.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you will need

You must supply your own portfolio case and materials. A list of suggested materials will be sent to you before the start of the course.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

On successful completion of this course, you can apply to progress to the following HNC & HND courses at North East Scotland College:

At University

If you choose to complete a HNC or HND course after completing your SCQF Level 6 course, you may want to then consider moving on to a university degree. Depending on the university and the course, you could enter in to year 2 or year 3 of a related course.


Further study in more advanced art & design courses can lead to a number of employment opportunities, in roles such as:

  • Art Teacher
  • Artist
  • Arts Administrator
  • Community Arts Worker
  • Concept Artist
  • Exhibiting Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Independent Artist
  • Printmaker
  • Animator

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

For more information about job opportunities, salaries and employment rates in this industry, visit the Career Coach website.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


Places are still available on this course, commencing in August 2019. Please see below for your options.

Aberdeen City Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2019
1 Year
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Fraserburgh Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2019
1 Year
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Online applications

You can apply for a place on this course by completing an online application form, which you can access using the 'Apply Online' button. Once completed, this will be received by our Admissions Team who will then process your application.

Paper applications

You may submit a paper application form, and return it to us completed and signed.

All completed paper applications should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.