Art and Design Year 1 (HNC/D - SCQF Level 7/8)


26 Aug 2024


13 Jun 2025

This programme will provide a broad base of related art and design-based skills necessary for transition to employment or future study. Students will study a wide range of units including Life Drawing, Photography: An Introduction, Mixed Media Techniques and Observational Drawing.
The HND course in Art and Design is suitable for a wide range of candidates including those who have recently left school, adult learners returning to education and self-employed individuals

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Upon successful completion, candidates will achieve the following awards;

  • HNC Art and Design at SCQF Level 7


    The course is full-time with delivery on campus over three days, for 36 weeks.


    Scottish Borders Campus

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    Entry requirements

    Candidates applying for the HNC Art and Design course attract a wide range of diverse applicants from different backgrounds with a rich variety of experiences. Access to the awards will be at the discretion of the centre but, given the demands of the course, it is advisable that candidates demonstrate competence in Art and Design related areas. Candidates should be prepared to present a portolio of work under the theme of Drawings from Life to support their application.

    Progression opportunities

    On successful completion of the course, students may progress to some of the pathways outlined below.
    Further or Higher Education Opportunities

    • HND Art at Design at SCQF Level 8 at Borders College
    • Progression to other educational establishments. Please discuss with the course team about these opportunities
    Employment opportunities in this vocational area that are applicable to the units undertaken in this course, such as:
    • Practicing artist/designer
    • Illustrator
    • Ceramicist
    • Gallery proprietors/curators

    Application and Interview Process

    Applications will be reviewed by the curriculum team and candidates will be invited to interview to follow up on the information contained within to confirm suitability. A full, detailed personal statement is important at this stage. Candidates are provided with the opportunity to ask further questions about the course and college support services at the interviews.


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