Art and Design Skills

What is special about this course?

Set in the stunning surroundings of the Highlands, you will draw inspiration and gain practical experience in the fields of art & design. Taught by experienced tutors and professional artists in a studio setting, this course is for anyone wishing to explore their own creative practice in art and design.

Through practical experimentation, you will have the opportunity to explore a variety of art and design disciplines including expressive drawing, mixed media, printmaking, surface decoration, printed textile techniques and sketchbook practice.

Gaining technical experience and developing your own personal style, you will develop a portfolio of artwork that showcases your talents and may be used to apply for further study/ to create your own business venture/ or for personal satisfaction and achievement. The course culminates in an end of year exhibition given students a platform to share their work with the public.

Entry requirements

This course is open to anyone wishing to gain a formal introduction to Art & Design skills. It is suitable for beginners, or those with limited experience of art and design study, looking to enter further education at an introductory level, or looking to study for leisure. It is also suitable for those returning to college after an absence from study or those wishing to develop a portfolio for application to higher FE level / HE level study.

On completion you will achieve a National Qualifications Certificate in Art & Design at SCQF Level 6, comprising the following units:

  • Expressive drawing
  • Exploratory media handling
  • Sketchbook development
  • Contextual studies
  • Surface decoration - including printmaking
  • Textile exploration - introductory

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

How long will my course last?

26 Weeks

Fridays 9.30am – 4.00pm, November 2021 - June 2022


Where can I study my course?

    • Fort William

Start date

November 2021


Most students have their course fees paid as this is a full time course. Please read our Fees & Funding information pages for more information regarding residency, previous study and bursary rates. Please contact if you have any further questions.

Rest of UK students : For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), with a term-time address in Scotland, studying full time, the course fee is £5,800.

Some of our courses require students to have essential equipment/clothing.

If you are under 18, you are entitled to have essential equipment paid for whether you are entitled to Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) or not. However you must complete an application even if you know that you're not entitled to EMA.

If you are 18 and over and are eligible for a bursary, these costs will be met through your bursary. If you are not eligible for a bursary, you will need to fund these items yourself.


Funding may be available for this course. Please contact for current information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This course provides good progression routes for further study in art and design sectors, working towards being a professional artist as well as the development of a portfolio for application to higher FE and HE level study including the HNC/D Textiles at West Highland College in Fort William, or the Contemporary Art Practice HNC in Portree.

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Apply for Art and Design

We are still accepting students on this course for our November 2021 intake. Please email for more information.

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at West Highland College UHI. West Highland College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.