Advanced Diploma in Arts and Design

About the Course:

The SQA Advanced Certificate in Arts and Design is a diverse course that is focused on creative thinking and imagination, thereby progressing learners towards a dynamic career.

The objective of this programme is to provide a firm base of art and design skills, pertinent to either employment as a practicing artist or designer. This program has been designed to provide learners with a vibrant and challenging experience, which will add to their existing skills and strengths, aiding to develop their creative vision.

The SQA Advanced Certificate units provide learners with a coherent foundation of key knowledge and skills that will support their subject-specific content. The modules are tailored curricula that meet the needs of the content that are required for later specialization in preparation for higher studies in Design or Creative Media.

Year -1
  • Observational Drawing
  • Art and Design Context
  • Developmental Drawing
  • Art and Design: Creative Process
  • Communication: Practical Skills
  • Creative Arts Project: Development
  • Art and Design Project
  • Portfolio Production
  • Graphic Design Techniques
  • Personal Development Planning
  • Arts and Design: Graded Unit 1
Year -2
  • Development Drawing Portfolio
  • Art and Design: Advanced Project
  • Digital Imaging
  • Art & Design: Presentation
  • Work Role Effectiveness (2003)
  • Creative Arts Project Development
  • Art & Design: Digital Media Project
  • Creative Project for Artists & Designers
  • Arts and Design: Digital Media Introduction
  • Developing the Individual Within a Team
  • Arts and Design: Personal Investigation
  • Arts and Design: Cultural Identity
  • Art and Design: Graded Unit 2

Entry Requirements:

  • Students to hold a minimum of 55 % aggregate in CBSE Grade X/ Cambridge “O” level/equivalent (Preferred Subjects – Science and Mathematics/ Technical Subjects).
  • Successful completion of a relevant UAE equivalent National Certification of 6 or above.
  • Applicants who do not meet these criteria but have relevant experience or alternative qualifications will be considered.


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Career Opportunities:

  • Practicing artists/designers
  • Applied artists/designers.
  • Artist’s materials suppliers
  • Illustrators
  • Community artists/community arts organizers
  • Ceramicists
  • Fashion/textile designers
  • Artist printmakers
  • Gallery proprietors/curators
  • Art workers — healthcare
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