Art & Design
Creative, expressive and ideas-driven? Studying Art & Design can propel you towards a rewarding career. Dundee city and the surrounding region boasts exciting national and international creative industry developments, including the V&A Dundee museum and UNESCO City of Design world-wide status.
Our courses will teach you important practical skills and build your portfolio. The broad range of Creative Industry-focussed courses will introduce you to exciting new techniques, practical skills and development opportunities whilst maximising your creative abilities to enable future university study or employment.
Many of our learners progress within industry or go on to study at Scotland’s top art schools. Dundee and Angus College Art & Design department offers the perfect launchpad for your creative career. Why not visit us to see our incredible studios and facilities and meet our expert, encouraging and friendly staff?
The thing I liked best about coming to college was getting the opportunity to have freedom with my own work. I loved that every single person's work was different and that everyone had their own style.
I loved college and the ‘hands-on’ element of my courses. There was always space to explore your ideas and I learned new and valuable techniques that I have kept with me all this time.
It was her interest in art and a recommendation from a work colleague that led to Tanya McConnell signing up to Dundee and Angus College’s HND Textiles course.
She describes college as a place where people are encouraged to embrace their individuality.
“The thing I liked best about coming to college was getting the opportunity to have freedom with my own work. I loved that every single person's work was different and that everyone had their own style.”
While at college, Tanya successfully secured an internship with Dundee-based textiles firm Halley Stevensons and she is now working there as a textiles and marketing assistant. Alongside her full-time job, she runs her own arts and interior business, Tanya McConnell Art - an idea that came to life as a result of a college project.
“In my second year we had to complete a project that encouraged you to create a product that you could imagine selling to a shop or client. I began experimenting with different materials and discovered a technique called acrylic medium paint pouring. I became really addicted and decided to base my project on it. With guidance from my lecturer I began to create coasters, photo frames and paintings. As I completed my college course during lockdown, I have had plenty of time to experiment further with this project. My business grew and I am now selling my coasters in an interiors shop in St Andrews and through my own Etsy shop.”
Tanya’s ambition for the future is to continue developing and expanding her business.
Kerrie's Story – From D&A to the V&A!
When Kerrie Alexander enrolled on Dundee and Angus College’s Art Portfolio course, she never imagined that she would one day end up owning and running her own successful fashion brand.
Kerrie originally hoped to study fine art so applied to Dundee and Angus College when she left school in order to improve her portfolio. She then opted to study Textiles and completed the HNC before continuing onto the HND. Kerrie thrived in the creative environment that college provided.
“I loved college and the ‘hands-on’ element of my courses. There was always space to explore your ideas and I learnednew and valuable techniques that I have kept with me all this time. Dundee and Angus College is perfect for helping anyone find their creative feet.”
Kerrie’s proudest moments during her time at college include winning a student prize and seeing her hard work pay offwhen she was awarded an A for her graded unit.
After completing her HND Kerrie progressed to Herriot Watt University to study Fashion Design for Industry, focusing on menswear design and outerwear towards the end of her studies. Her plans to move to London after she graduated changed when a coat she made for her boyfriend led to people asking her to make her designs for them.
“After creating made to order coats for a year or two, I finally decided to officially launch my website and KerrieALDO range in 2014, originally specializing in hand-crafted, high quality outerwear,” Kerrie explains.
Her brand has gone from strength to strength since its inception in with its range expanding to include dresses, t-shirts and accessories. A recent highlight for Kerrie saw her join forces with Dundee’s V&A museum and local textiles firm Halley Stevensons to create a limited range of raincoats and bags that were sold exclusively in the V&A’s design shop.
Currently a predominantly online business, Kerrie’s ambition for the future is to open her own shop.