re:CAP – Course Information

This innovative Fine Art course has been specifically designed to develop creative practice and equip learners with a range of specific and transferable knowledge and skills required to begin a successful career as a visual artist or other creative practitioner whether through progression onto University or directly into employment.

The course is inter-disciplinary and covers 2D and 3D fine art practice including; drawing, life drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, performance art, sound art, digital, still and moving image artwork.

Along with the 2 key strands of creative studio practice emphasis is also placed on the Theory & Context and Professional Studies strands which allows candidates to develop the knowledge and skills needed to progress successfully in their chosen area.

The course is project based and learners respond to a range of creative project briefs designed to challenge and inspire. As well as encouraging critical thinking and individual creativity learners will develop a range of entrepreneurial and communication skills necessary to succeed as a contemporary visual artist or in employment.

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The first year of the course is diagnotic within the Fine Art feild of visual art. This means that you will gain experience, develop knowledge and skills within a range of Fine Art based practices including Drawing Sculpture, Painting, Print Making, Digital Art (still & moving image). You will respond to a series of directed briefs before being encouraged given opportunities to respond to self-generated briefs

You will also learn to contextualise your work within contemporary art and historical art practice through our Theory & Context programme.

The Professional Practice programme will introduce you to the different ways of working as an artists and how to progress in to further study and or employment.

Year 2:

Drawing, Theory & Context and Professional Practice will remain core to the second year of the course, however you will be given significant freedom to develop your own practice in response to set and self generated briefs and your chosen progression route ie degree course choices or employment.

Learning Strategies:

Learning and teaching is mostly project based, the key exceptions being Theory & Context and elements of Professional Practice. As a result learning takes the form of seminars, project work, group critiques, individual tutorials, demonstrations and study visits. All lecturers are highly qualified to Masters level and experienced artists with national and international exhibition, research and project experience. Lecturers also have a range of teaching experience including delivery on Fine Art degree programmes at Edinburgh College of Art and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. Alongside an excellent Visiting Artists  & Professional Practice programme this ensures that the course is, and remains highly relevant to the professional aspirations of contemporary students.

Entry Requirements:

  • Year one: Two Highers or University of Arts London (UAL) Level 2/3 or Foundation Diploma or SQA NC at SCQF Level 6 
  • Year two: Pass all 15 credits available at HNC Level 
  • You must submit a portfolio that demonstrates your advanced art and design skills and an understanding of the creative process 
  • Adult learners with relevant employment/life experience/skills will be considered for entry to this course.