Art and Design Skills

What is special about this course?

This part time course covers three projects across the year, tailored to your personal interests, including expressive and design options. The tutor will discuss and agree with you at the outset which areas of study will be suitable for exploration.

On successful completion, you will have achieved 5 SQA units at SCQF level 4 & 5.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements but a genuine interest in developing art and design skills.

  • Art Project / Introduction to Contemporary Art Practice

  • Expressive Activity

  • Sketchbook Development 

  • Design Activity

  • Expressive or Design Activity

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

How long will my course last?

34 Week

1 day a week for 34 weeks in Portree & Auchtertyre (September start)

1 day a week for 17 weeks in Fort William (February start)

Where can I study my course?

    • Auchtertyre
    • Fort William
    • Portree

Start date



£270 plus a small amount to cover materials.

Check with your college centre for the latest cost.


You may be eligible for an Individual Training Account (ITA) from Skills Development Scotland to help pay for this course.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Individual Training Accounts are for people who are 16 or over, living in Scotland and either in low paid work or actively seeking work. You must have an income of £22,000 a year or less or be on certain benefits to be eligible to get up to £200 towards the cost of learning or training.

You can apply for an ITA if you are not undertaking any secondary, further or higher education, SDS funded training or participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme.

ITAs are available if you are interested in learning something new or developing an existing skill to support you in work. There is a wide range of courses to choose from and you can study with any ITA approved learning provider, including learning centres, local colleges, universities and private training providers. To find out more or to apply, visit

What can I do on completion of my course?

You could consider studying Art and Design full time with the college or try one of the other short art courses available.

Is there more information available online?

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