Art and Design Portfolio NC

What is special about this course?

You will be part of a dynamic and broad portfolio class, which will give you the necessary experience for application to Art College. Enjoy exploring new media and processes, working in a range of environments, including outdoors wherever possible. Learn from experienced tutors and professional artists as you progress through your projects. At the end of the year, you will showcase your work in a full-scale exhibition, managed and led by the class.

The course may run with students working at 2 levels. The college will ascertain which level is best for you at interview after viewing current samples of your work and informal discussion. Students will achieve either: NC Art & Design SCQF level 6 if the required units are successfully completed, alternatively you may study and achieve NQ Art & Design SCQF level 5.

Entry requirements

You should have 3 National 5 passes or equivalent including Art and English. All applicants must present a folio of recent work at Interview. Mature students will be considered on merit.

  • Drawing
  • Printmaking
  • Textiles
  • Colour
  • Contextual Studies
  • Art Project
  • Sketchbook Development
  • Creative 3D Artform
  • Exploratory Media Handling
  • Digital Media
  • Personal Project 
  • Presentation and Preparing For Exhibition
  • Core Skills Communication, ICT and Numeracy

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

How long will my course last?

1 Years

You will study for a minimum of 21 hours per week throughout the academic year (34 weeks). Timetabling takes place at the beginning of the year and classes are normally scheduled between 9am and 6pm but some may be outside these times.

Where can I study my course?

    • Portree

Start date



Most students have their course fees paid as this is a full time course. Please contact your local college learning centre or Student Services for more information.

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

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.

If you are under 18, you are entitled to have essential equipment paid for whether you are entitled to EMA or not. However you must apply for EMA even if you know that you’re not entitled to EMA.

If in any doubt or if you want detailed information, please call student services on 01397 874321.


Students may also qualify for bursary funding.

What can I do on completion of my course?

After this course you could consider applying for BA Fine Art (Hons) with other academic partners within the University of the Highlands and Islands or other art and design courses elsewhere. Additional Highers may be required for this level of study.

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What our students, graduates and staff say

I did Higher Art and Design at school. Art has always been a passion of mine and I have enjoyed taking the year to focus more on building my techniques and creating a portfolio.

I have really enjoyed the broad range of materials and techniques that we use and the creative freedom within a structured learning environment.

I have particularly enjoyed picking up the new skill of printmaking as it has allowed me to explore the tone and texture of my local coastline.

I believe this year will be a lifelong asset that has increased my love of art and seeking inspiration from the area around us while boosting my confidence to be more expressive within my work.

Jessica Jackson

Apply for Art and Design Portfolio NC

I want to start in 2020/21

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.