More than just a Degree of success:

Contemporary Art Practice students inundated with offers:

At the time of publication the 2009 UCAS stats for HND Contemporary Art Practice Year 2 candidates at Edinburgh’s Telford College are as follows:

  • 100% received 1 or more HE Degree offer.
  • 78% received 2 or more HE Degree offers.
  • 33% received 3 or more HE Degree offers.
  • 90% received offers @ SCQF Level 9 (equivalent to entry level 3 in Scotland)
  • 67% received offers @ SCQF Level 8 (equivalent to entry level 2 in Scotland)

Every year thousands of Art & Design students from hundreds of schools and FE colleges throughout the country apply for Fine Art and Design degree courses in the UK. Competitions for places is extremely high; Edinburgh College of Art for example receives more applications than Oxford and Cambridge. Successfully gaining a place on these courses is a significant achievement for any applicant.

Although such achievements are predominantly down to the hard work, dedication and creative output of the applicants themselves there can be no doubt that the influence of a highly creative, well resourced and supportive art dept along with the input of highly qualified and professional artists / lecturers can have a significant and lasting influence on the future success of students whether they choose to go on to Higher Education or directly into the Creative Industries.

The HND in Contemporary Art Practice at Edinburgh’s Telford College has a growing reputation as one of the most successful courses in the country. Our progression rates continue to be amongst the highest in the FE sector.

This year places have been offered on the following courses:

Edinburgh College of Art:

  • BA(hons) Intermedia
  • BA(hons) Painting
  • BA(hons) Sculpture

Glasgow School of Art:

  • BA(hons) Sculpture and Environmental Art

University of Cumbria:

  • BA(hons) Fine Art

University of Newcastle:

  • BA(hons) Fine Art

If you would like to study on one of the most innovative and successful Fine Art HND courses in the UK then why not APPLY NOW.

ContemporaryArtETC Graduates in showcase of contemporary Scottish art.

Graduates from Edinburgh’s Telford College’s Fine Art Programmes feature strongly in Exhibition showcasing the very best of contemporary Scottish art.

The inaugural RSA New Contemporaries exhibition presents some of the finest up-and-coming artists and architects in Scotland, selected from the 2008 undergraduate degree shows. The exhibition is an exciting and innovative move by the Royal Scottish Academy as it replaces the pre-graduation, open submission, mish-mash that was the annual student show with a post-graduation selection of the best of the four Scottish art schools and six architecture schools.

Ruth Barry who graduated from Edinburgh’s Telford Colleges (ETC) innovative Fine Art HND programme has presented a combination of table, table-top sculpture and watercolour painting in new work commissioned especially for the exhibition. An impressive work for which Ruth was presented with ESW Research Award for excellence in Contemporary Sculpture practice at the opening Gala by RSA President Prof Bill Scott. Ruth recently arrived back in the UK after working the education dept of the Guggenheim Museum in New York and she will move to London next month to continue her career in Fine Art.

Other FineArtETC graduates featured in the exhibition are Alex McAndrew whose dark glittering mountain dominates the landscape of the sculpture court and Kevin Harman who presents a rather understated wall piece featuring multiple tools which have been stripped of their original surfaces.

Both Kevin and Alex studied on the BTEC Foundation in Art & Design at Edinburgh’s Telford College.

Colin Greenslade, RSA Programme Director, comments: “We envisaged that the development of this exhibition will be one of the most important initiatives for emerging artists in Scotland each year, enabling a ‘first exhibition’ opportunity for some 60+ emergent artists annually. The exhibition will be an unique opportunity to see the best of Scotland’s emerging talent under one roof.”


14 to 25 February 2009. Open Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 12noon – 5pm. RSA Upper & Lower Galleries, The Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL. Admission £2 / £1 conc


New space for Capital City artists

Plans have been announced today to convert St Margaret’s House, a 1970’s block next to Meadowbank Stadium, into badly needed artist’s studios which are set to begin work on 06 April 2008.

“Edinburgh was the philosophical crucible of the Enlightenment and, for one, I’d like to see the return of the city’s reputation as an intellectual melting-pot in the International ideas market. With that in mind, I believe that it is important to have a large collection of creative minds working together in theone site, a creative hub. Art’s Complex is the result of a two year project to bring such a venue to the Capital and to try and
rectify the huge need for artists space.” said Derek Gray, Director of Art’s Complex.

The venture is set to re-dress a severe shortage of affordable studio space in Edinburgh, it will be able to accommodate over 200 artists as well as an 11 000 square feet gallery/exhibition space presenting innovative work from local artist as well as creatives from the arts industry in Scotland.

“The main aim with this initiative is to redress the imbalance between the large number of artists seeking affordable studio space in the city and the severe lack of appropriate space available” said Dale Gibson, Business Director of Art’s Complex.

The deal struck between Caledonian Trust and Art’s Complex aims to do just that and to reach out specifically to the surrounding local community through arts education and participatory projects and more generally to the international arts sector bringing nationally and internationally renowned artists to Edinburgh to enrich the cultural diversity of the city.

Everybody here at Contemporary Art ETC…. would like to wish Art’s Complex all the best and we look forward to working with them at some point in the future.


New: Links to Student Blogs

We are delighted to introduce the latest addition to our links page. Please feel very welcome to have a browse through the blogs of some of our current students where you will come across a diverse and fascinating set of visual interpretations of the world including the following take on the absurdity of celebrity culture by Miki Suzuki:

AV Festival 2008

The 2008 AV festival opened last week with a gala event featuring performances of John Cages’ Variations VII and Yokomono by Staalplaat Soundsystem.

AV Festival is an international festival of electronic arts featuring visual art, music and moving image. A biennial event, the festival takes place in Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland and Middlesbrough in the North East of England. It consists of concerts and performances, exhibitions, film screenings, seminars, symposia, workshops and other special events at many venues across the three urban centres of the North East.

AV Festival 08 has the theme of Broadcast and runs from 28 February – 8 March 2008 in venues across the North East.

John Cage: Variations Vii

Staalplaat Soundsystem: Yokomono