Contemporary Art Practice HNC

UCAS code 209W
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What is special about this course?

If you would like to express your artistic side and even make a career from it, this HNC Contemporary Art Practice will allow you to explore the practice and context of contemporary art through drawing, painting and sculpture with up-to-date topics such as conceptual processes and digital art form.

You will develop your inquiring, analytical and problem solving skills in tandem with technical and artistic skills, ensuring that you are suitably equipped to turn your artistic talent into a successful career.

Special features

  • You will be introduced to a variety of media, processes and techniques, including: drawing, painting, sculpture, film and photography
  • Historical and contextual studies will inform and support practical work
  • There is also the opportunity to study modules that develop your personal work and projects such as portfolio building and personal development planning
  • It is an imaginative exploration of creative ideas and concepts where you will not be restricted by medium

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 1 A level at grade D or above OR
  • NC Art and Design
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply
  • We will consider individual competence in art, design or lens based skills evidenced by a portfolio of your work and you will be required to attend an interview


Access routes

NC Art and Design

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Art and Design Context 
  • Contemporary Art Practice: Conceptual Processes 
  • Contemporary Art Practice: Graded Unit 1 
  • Contemporary Art Practice: Introduction to Digital Artform 
  • Contemporary Art: Three Dimensional Practice 
  • Contemporary Art: Two Dimensional Practice 
  • Developmental Drawing 

Optional units may include:

  • Communication: Practical Skills 
  • Community Arts: Visual Arts 
  • Life Drawing 
  • Observational Drawing 
  • Painting: Exploratory Techniques 
  • Personal Development Planning 
  • Photography: An Introduction 
  • Portfolio Production
  • Printmaking and Producing Print 
  • Public Art: Introduction 
  • Art Practice:Collaborative project

Option units available may vary depending on study location, for more information contact your chosen campus

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will study by way of face-to-face lectures and tutorials in the classroom, with practical design work in the studio
  • Assessment is continuous, with external assessment of the graded unit

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Where can I study my course?

Start date


How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17
Full-time per year
Part-time (per HN unit) £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17
Full-time per year £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit) £434

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17
Full-time per year £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit)** £434

 **There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This course prepares you for a creative career as a practising artist, or as a creative practitioner within community arts, education or galleries.

Can I progress into further study?

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Contemporary Art Practice HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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