Painting NPA

What is special about this course?

Painting has been added to our group of part time NPA qualifications available to study at our Fort William college centre.

You will learn skills in creative and exploratory paint techniques and colour theory and then develop these into a personal painting project based on a chosen theme.  There will be the chance to exhibit and sell 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 a course is suitable for beginners, or those with limited experience of art and design study,  who are considering entering 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 units students will take on this course which are decided based on each learners area of interest.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Leisure

How long will my course last?


1 day a week from September to June.

Where can I study my course?

    • Fort William

Start date



£270 plus a small amount to cover materials.

Check with Admissions or your local college centre for the latest additional costs.


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?

Further study with NPA Art and Design or NPA Drawing Skills or progression to full time study on our NC Art and Design in Portree.

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We are no longer accepting applications for 2020/21

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