Art & Design SCQF Level 8

This course combines modern and traditional art and design practices, and will develop your critical awareness of relevant historical, contextual and social issues.


Why take this course?

This in-depth course will allow you to strengthen your existing knowledge and understanding of fine art and design disciplines. You will get the opportunity to refine your practical skills in 2 and 3 dimensional work, whilst enhancing your understanding of the historical, contextual and sociological issues relevant to art and design practice.

What you will experience

This course will build on your skills, focusing on the creative process as a whole. You will explore life, observational and developmental drawing, as well as sculpture and printmaking. The course is made up of project work which will allow you to develop a high quality personal portfolio.

female working in art room

Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a minimum of two passes at Higher level, one of which should be Higher Art. A pass in English at National 5, Intermediate 2 or Standard Grade Credit level, at least, is also required. Alternatively, applicants may have completed an appropriate non advanced course demonstrating an aptitude for the subject.

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

For those returning to education, life skills and experience in the workplace may allow entry.

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

At University

You can progress to university upon successful completion of this course. Please see below for your options. Full information is available in the course specification PDF.


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


This course is currently unavailable. Please contact the Student Advice Centre for more information.

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.