Art, Design & Photography

Your future starts here.


Whether you aspire to work as an artist, a fashion designer, a photographer, animator, graphic designer, or one of many more exciting roles in the ever-evolving creative industries, North East Scotland College will equip you with the knowledge and skills to make a positive impact within your chosen field.

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As well as a host of full-time courses, we also offer part-time courses in Art, Design & Photography where you can study at a location near you with daytime, evening and weekend options.

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Of NESCol art & design students achieving SCQF Level 7 moved to work or further study¹

person - Nora Bandyopadhyay - wearing graduation robes holding purple tube

graphic of yellow 3D quotation marks

Never stop learning. Life is what you make of it. When you grow older, your priorities change. I decided to follow my heart and I am so much happier learning and being creative.”

Nora Bandyopadhyay

Nora worked in Hospitality, then studied HND Textiles at NESCol before progressing into year 2 of a degree in 3D Design at RGU’s Gray’s School or Art.

Career opportunities

Whatever your aspirations, there are many exciting roles in the ever-evolving creative industries. North East Scotland College will equip you with the knowledge and skills to make a positive impact within your chosen field. Opportunities include:

Art & Design

Freelance Artist, Designer, Illustrator, Art Co-ordinator, Printmaker and Gallery Curator.

Fashion & Textiles

Fashion/Textile Designer, Visual Merchandiser, Seamstress/tailor and Retail Management.


Photographer, Image Editor and Content Producer.

Visual Communication

Animator, Product Designer, Graphic Designer, Content Producer and Media Assistant.




Creative industries jobs in Scotland²


Creative industries businesses in Scotland³

Where you can study

Building the right environment for creativity to flourish is very important to us. Across the City and Fraserburgh campuses there are a range of vibrant learning spaces, ranging from textile rooms and art studios to newly created photography studios equipped with the very latest industry equipment.

Study Art, Design & Photography in Aberdeen

  • 4,500+ students
  • Fitness Suite
  • 4 Cafés
  • Quiet & social areas

Our Aberdeen City Campus is situated in the heart of Aberdeen city centre, within walking distance of shops, restaurants, bars and cafés.

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Study Art, Design & Photography in Fraserburgh

  • 950+ students
  • Fitness Suite
  • 2 Cafés
  • Quiet & social areas

The bright and modern Fraserburgh Campus provides a fantastic environment for NESCol students, staff and visitors.

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Study part-time

Part-time courses are offered at locations throughout the region.

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What our students think

In autumn 2023, more than 5,000 full-time students responded to our First Impressions Survey (88% of those eligible) and we are delighted to share some of the feedback we received.

98% Of full-time students believe they are treated fairly
"NESCol is a fair, kind, welcoming environment, with friendly and supportive staff. I love coming here."
97% Of full-time students are satisfied with their course
"NESCol helped me gain my confidence again after a huge gap in my studies."
96% Of full-time students enjoyed attending College

Student stories

Don’t take our word for it!

Find out what our students think about studying at NESCol

Get in touch

Our student advisers can help with any application enquiries.

Contact the team directly by calling 01224 612330, dropping into your local Student Advice Centre, or by emailing Student advisors are also available on LiveChat when the chat icon appears at the bottom of our website.

¹ Source: Scottish Funding Council
² Source: Scottish Government
³ Source: Scottish Government