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Art, Design and Photography

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Join the vibrant and creative community of students and staff and begin to develop your own artistic style and expression.

Art and Design

The Basement area and East Block Corridor of our Aberdeen City Campus and the connected workrooms of our Fraserburgh Campus allow all students and staff engaged in the creative and cultural industries to be situated together, in one space; a creative hub.

The work of students is widely celebrated throughout the College and the wider community via showcases, exhbitions, awards and competitions – all of which take place throughout the year. This gives students the chance to receive deserved recognition for their work. Each year we are astounded by the quality and standard of the work produced across all levels of study.

For those with an artistic flare and a keen interest in art and design, we welcome you to our collaborative and stimulating department and invite you to gain your qualification at North East Scotland College. So why study Art & Design at NESCol?

  • Entry is available from introductory to advanced level;
  • Approachable and experienced lecturing team are from a diverse range of backgrounds, and includes painters, sculptors, fashion and textile designers and print makers;
  • Our excellent learning and teaching facilities include life drawing rooms, industry standard print presses, top of the range digital capabilities;
  • You’ll get the chance to take part in a range of exciting projects, including charity work, student showcases, location work and public exhibitions.


Our art workshops at both the Aberdeen City Campus and Fraserburgh Campus are equipped with practical work spaces, classroom areas for theoretical work and IT areas for online or digital work as well. These different environments allow students to explore different materials and techniques, from life drawing and computer design to sketching, sculpting and painting.

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Fashion and Textiles

There are a number of expert facilities and resources in place to allow students to consider the shape, cut, silhouette and overall construction of clothing whilst tackling design semantics, observational drawing and pattern construction.

Another key part of understanding the human form and clothing is life drawing, so use of our life drawing room is a key component to many of the fashion and textile courses. The majority of students’ time is spent working side by side, which creates an open and creative environment in which they can interact and influence each other whilst developing new and exciting concepts for us all to enjoy!

Those who choose to enter at NC level will be provided with basic but essential industry standard skills – adequate preparation for progression to the HND Textiles course. Students will design and create tailored garments, and in some cases following a positive year, NC students may even be asked to participate in the annual fashion show along with HND students. Alternatively the NC course is sometimes recognised by universities (for example the Robert Gordon University) as equivalent to an additional Higher qualification.

The HND Textiles course offers excellent progression opportunities, with almost every student that applies for a university degree receiving a place. We have had graduates go on to study all over the UK – from London College of Fashion to Shetland UHI. The content of the course is specifically designed to allow students to make a decision between fashion, textiles or a combination of the two – they can then pursue the line of work best suited to their talents and ambitions.

HND students also get the chance to go on various trips, take part in charity work, organise a fashion show, exhibit their creations to the general public and work with external community organisations and businesses - a recent example is that of students’ work with the Gordon Highlanders Museum on a military fashion project.


Our fashion and textiles rooms at our Aberdeen City Campus are well-equipped to cope with the creative demands of students studying textiles, fashion design and fashion manufacturing. You’ll find:

  • Two main textile studios
  • A range of industrial and domestic sewing machines and overlockers
  • Numerous large worktables and design areas
  • Mannequins and models used for sizing and alterations, draping and fitting
  • A wide range of fabrics and alteration equipment
  • Equipment for printed textiles

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Our Floristry courses run from our Fraserburgh Campus, where we have bright and busy custom-built Floristry work areas!


The facilities in these classrooms will allow you to experiment with different styles and techniques - essential in creating modern designs and displays. Students also learn about the care and conditioning of flowers and foliage, as well as appropriate arrangements for events and ceremonies.

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Photography is studied at our Aberdeen City Campus where we have dedicated, state-of-the-art photography classrooms and studios.

Students will experience a range of the creative and technical elements that combine to make photography the exciting, influential and expressive subject that it is, making for the very best of teaching and learning environments. Students also get the chance to work alongside those from other disciplines and external clients, meaning they’ll really get a feel for life as a photographer!

We concentrate on the strengths of each student, and individual expression is greatly encouraged through a significant emphasis on project and portfolio work. All practical work is supported by theoretical study in order to underpin your understanding of different approaches to photography.

Our dedicated and experienced lecturing team want to prepare you for life in the field of photography, and as a result use a range of opportunities to showcase student work within College and to the wider public.


Our facilities for those studying photography are located in the basement area of our Aberdeen City Campus, where the majority of our creative and media disciplines on offer at the Aberdeen City Campus are taught. They are extremely well equipped meaning that our students work in the very best of learning and teaching environments.  Facilities include:

  • Three new laboratories
  • Open plan state-of-the-art Photographic Studio
  • Digital mini-lab
  • Mounting room
  • Darkroom
  • IT rooms with specialist software for image manipulation and editing

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