Art & Design NPA

What is special about this course?

This course will allow candidates to gain practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of a range of printmaking, mixed media and illustration skills and techniques for art and design applications. Candidates will acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of printmaking skills for Art and Design applications through practical experimentation.

Entry requirements

This course is open to anyone wishing to gain a formal introduction to Art & Design skills. It is course 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 Progression Award in Art & Design at SCQF Level 5, comprising the following 3 units:

  • Design Studies: Introduction to Mixed Media
  • Art and Design: Printmaking
  • Art and Design: Introduction to Illustration

You will also choose 2 optional units based on your own skills and preferences.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Leisure

How long will my course last?

1 day per week from September - June

Usually Thursdays in Auchtertyre and Portree, Fridays in Fort William.

Where can I study my course?

    • Auchtertyre
    • Fort William
    • Portree

Start date

September 2019




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?

This course provides good progression routes for further study in art and design sectors as well as the development of a portfolio for application to higher FE level / HE level study.

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Apply for Art & Design NPA

Applications for this subject are now closed for entry in 2018/19.

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.

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