BA Art & Design - Year 1

Unique to Forth Valley College, this new general first year degree programme is ideal for those who would like to try a range of art and design activities before defining their specialism.

The vast majority of degree programmes now require you to study either Art or Design, there are no such barriers within this interdisciplinary programme. In year 1 you will have the opportunity to work across a broad range of specialisms. You will carry out a variety of art and design based projects, deciding on a specialism by Easter, supported by feedback and advice from staff. Your practical project work will support a growing critical and contextual understanding of art and design theory.

The programme is ideal for both school leavers, progression from Portfolio Courses and adult returners.

This degree is validated by the University of Stirling.

In year 1 you will do the following:

  • BA Drawing and Painting project (including Life drawing)
  • BA Theory & Context project
  • BA Digital project
  • BA Creative Arts project (2D & 3D)
  • BA Printmaking project
  • BA Specialist project

*Please note that year 2 of the programme will be made up of year 2 content from one of our HNDs, either Art and Design or Contemporary Art Practice, depending on your specialism. This specialism will then be carried into year 3 where you will work alongside students from a variety of different specialisms.


  • A wide range of career paths across the creative industries - including within arts organisations, education, freelance and self-employed.

Applicants will be required to submit a digital folio of recent artwork and attend an interview

Plus one of the following:

  • Three Highers at grade C or above to include Art & Design and English.
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media plus Higher Art and Higher English at grade C or above
  • Successful completion of an NC Art & Design or an appropriate group of National Qualification units such as Art and Design Portfolio Preparation

Further advice for full-time applicants:

  • Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application.
  • If you created your account prior to September 2016, you will need to register a new account.
  • Before starting the application process, please ensure you already hold or are working towards the relevant entry qualifications required for the course you are applying for 
  • Ensure you use your own personal email address when creating your online account
  • Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email immediately 
  • If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail immediately, please check your SPAM/Junk folder
  • Please include as much detail as possible in your personal statement such as; the reason you are applying, future career plans, previous employment, relevant experience, hobbies and interests
  • Disclosing support needs in your application will not affect your chances of being offered a place on a course at Forth Valley College
  • If your application is successful, you will be invited for interview. For January start courses interviews will be in Nov/Dec and interviews for August start courses will take place between February and May
  • If your application is unsuccessful, you will be offered support in finding a suitable alternative course
  • Applicants who provide a mobile phone number on their application form will be sent a text reminder prior to the day of interview
  • If you are unable to attend an interview or wish to withdraw your application - please email


Stirling Campus



Start date

21 August 2023

End date

07 June 2024

SCQF Level

Level 7