Contemporary Art Practice

Argyll College UHI


Lochgilphead Centre and CERC


An advanced course that develops theoretical, conceptual and practical creative competencies within the area of contemporary art practice.

The HND framework offers students the opportunity to develop freelance, self-employed and professional working skills in the areas of community, public, environmental and site-specific based artwork.

In addition, the course equips students with exhibition and presentation skills and introduces them to the potential of new technologies such as digital media.

Mandatory units are:
Contemporary art practice: project; Contemporary art: professional practice; Exhibition of contemporary artform; Contemporary art practice: graded unit 2

Optional units may include:
Site specific artwork: development; Site specific artwork: production
Mixed media development; Mixed media production; Art and design context: personal investigation
Community arts: visual arts workshop*; Contemporary art practice: digital media development;
Contemporary art practice: digital media production; Observational drawing portfolio;
Philosophical aesthetics: an introduction.

HNC Contemporary Art Practice may give you entry to year 2.

You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need

Entry Requirements

2 Highers, or NC Art and Design. Interview and portfolio required.

Progression Routes

On completion of this course you may be able to progress to the BA (Hons) Contemporary Art and Contextualised Practice.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time



Course Length

2 years


Creative Industries

SCQF Level


Career Area

Art and Design

Career Sectors

3 Dimensional Design

Fashion or Textile Design

Fine Art or Graphic Design

Interior Design or Display