The design apprenticeship is great for anyone who is new to design and wants to develop their knowledge. You’ll have the chance to work in a creative environment, learn to follow a design process, as well as research, test and apply design techniques. 

Lots of industries in Scotland need designers and there are plenty of jobs to choose from. You could work in a digital agency as a graphic designer or as a technical illustrator. You will be able to create different types of art, such as infographics, cartoons, logos and prints. Whether you are new to the art world or have years of experience, the apprenticeship can provide a creative outlet.    

What's the qualification?

The apprenticeship is split into two levels. You will gain a qualification at SCQF level 5 and SCQF level 7 in design support. Both qualifications include:  

  • core units of aSVQ in design support at SCQF level 5 and level 7 
  • both qualifications involve work experience  

What will I learn?

During your apprenticeship, you'll learn how to:   

  • Create different kinds of art in a business setting 
  • Develop your artistic knowledge 
  • Carry out best health and safety practices 
  • Create lasting relationships with your colleagues  

You will also develop the following core skills:   

  • Time management 
  • Communication 
  • Problem-solving 
  • Team work    

These transferrable skills are useful for working in other jobs such as copywriting and illustration.   

Where could it take me?

This Modern Apprenticeship gives you a range of optionsChoose to study for another design qualification or find a job in the design industry.   

Further education: Carry on your education by studying for an art degree. You could then go on to study an art-related MA or PHD. The knowledge you have gained can support your university application.     

Straight to work: You can use your qualifications to find a design job. We have listed several below: 

  • Graphic designer  
  • Desktop publishing assistant  
  • Technical illustrator  
  • Product designer 
  • Assistant copywriter  
  • Junior graphic designer   

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this apprenticeship.  


This Modern Apprenticeship will take 12-24 months to complete.  

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