Painting NPA

What is special about this course?

You will learn skills in creative and exploratory paint techniques and colour theory and then develop these into a personal painting project to a theme. You will have the chance to exhibit work at the end of the course.

Entry requirements

This course is open to anyone wishing to gain a formal introduction to painting skills. It is suitable for beginners, or those with limited experience of art and design 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.

You will study:

  • Introduction to Painting
  • Colour: An Introduction
  • Painting to a Theme

There are 2 more optional units students will take on this course which are decided based on each learners area of interest.


£25 materials fee prior to course starting. This covers basic materials which can be supplemented as desired.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Leisure

How long will my course last?

34 Week

Auchtertyre, Thursdays 10am - 4pm

Fort William, Fridays 10am - 4pm

How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed through continuous practical assessment.

Where can I study my course?

    • Auchtertyre
    • Fort William

Start date

September 2022


Course cost: £270 plus £25 studio fee prior to course starting, this covers basic materials which can be supplemented as desired.


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

Additional costs

£25 materials fee

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.

Is there more information available online?

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI West Highland. UHI West Highland 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.