Art & Design SCQF Level 5

This course is ideal for those who have little previous experience, but want to build on their artistic skills and understanding.


Why take this course?

This course will introduce you to a wide range of subjects in both fine art and design disciplines, which will provide you with the essential skills, practical experience and knowledge to prepare you for further study at a higher level.

What you will experience

You will develop strong drawing and painting skills, whilst building your understanding and abilities when it comes to 2D and 3D design. This course also looks at printmaking, and alongside the practical work you will focus on colour theory – teaching you how to make well informed creative decisions when it comes to your artwork and portfolio.

female working in art room

Key facts

Entry requirements

This introductory level course is for those with National 4, Intermediate 1 or Standard Grade General level qualifications, and/or relevant work experience.

English language requirements

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

What you will need

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 courses at North East Scotland College:

At University

You would need to undertake further study at SCQF Level 6, HNC and then HND level before you could progress to university, depending on the course you wish to pursue.


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

  • Artist
  • Arts Administrator
  • Assistant Graphic Designer
  • 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.

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.