Art & Design SCQF Level 7

This course will allow you to strengthen your existing artistic skills for progression to further study or employment.


Why take this course?

This course covers a wide range of subjects in fine art and design disciplines. It helps students to develop a broad range of practical skills in both 2D and 3D work, as well as a critical awareness of the historical, contextual and social issues relevant to art and design practice.

What you will experience

You will explore the creative process as a whole, and as a result you will produce a high quality portfolio over the course of the year. You will complete various pieces of project work and get the opportunity to develop valuable skills in drawing and computer arts.

female working in art room

Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants should have at least one Higher pass, preferably in Higher Art. A pass in English at National 5, Intermediate 2 or Standard Grade Credit level (minimum) is also preferred.

Alternatively, applicants may have completed an appropriate non-advanced course demonstrating an aptitude for the subject. For those returning to education, life skills and experience in the workplace may allow entry.

A Foundation Apprenticeship in any subject area will be considered equivalent as one unrelated Higher for entry to this course.

English language requirements

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

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following course at North East Scotland College: 

At University

Students successfully completing this course may apply to university for entry into the first or second year of a related degree.


Career opportunities are available in a range of artistic roles, including: 

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

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.

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


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

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.