Art and Design NPA

What is special about this course?

This course will allow you 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. You 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 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?

34 Weeks

1 day per week from September - June

We are currently taking enquiries for 2022/23 for this course. Days and locations are not yet confirmed. Please contact us here to discuss.

Where can I study my course?

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    A Fee Waiver or funding of up to £200 could be available to help with payment of course fees, depending on your personal circumstances.

    This support will be available for people who are 16 or over, living in Scotland and either in low paid work or actively seeking work. To be eligible, you must have income of £22,000 a year or less, or be on certain benefits.

    You will also not be undertaking any secondary, further or higher education, SDS funded training or participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme.

    Please contact your local college centre for more information about eligibility, or call us on 01397 874000.

    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 part-time Contemporary Art Practice HNC.

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    We are currently taking enquiries for 2022/23 for this course.
    Please contact us here to discuss. 

    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.