Creative and Visual Arts


Be inspired by our stunning landscape. It's no wonder the West Highlands is home to so many artists, designers and makers. Student Sara Oussaiden talks about how her Photography Higher has given her practical skills to be confident with her camera and a qualification towards applying for art college.

Take a look at our students' work from the last year

Contemporary Art Practice HNC content A paintbrush in hand. Abstract colour.

Contemporary Art Practice HNC

Develop your artistic talent into a career. Explore the practice and context of contemporary art through drawing, painting and sculpture with up-to-date topics such as conceptual processes and digital art form.

  • Where? Portree
  • Full-time or Part-time? Part-time
Art and Design Portfolio NC Level 6 content Male student at easel painting

Art and Design Portfolio NC Level 6

A dynamic and diverse course to help you build the right portfolio and experience to apply for art college. You'll learn how to work with new processes in a range of disciplines and be taught by professional artists along the way. At the end of the year, you will showcase your work in a full-scale exhibition, managed and led by the class.

  • Where? Portree
  • Full-time or Part-time? Full-time (18 hours per week)
  • When: 9am to 4pm in the studio 2 days per week, plus personal study
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Fashion and Design NC Level 6

You're creative, practical, inspired and motivated by a keen interest in fashion. Tailor your CV with a wide range of skills from forecasting to illustration, marketing to research and textiles development.

  • Where? Fort William
  • Full-time or Part-time? Full-time
  • When: 2 days per week in the studio and 0.5 days per week live online teaching
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Introduction to Fashion Design and Manufacture NQ

If you're interested in design for fashion or textiles this part-time, practical and creative course will provide you with relevant skills in cutting, making and decoration of garments and accessories commonly used by the fashion industry.

  • Where? Fort William
  • Full-time or Part-time? Part-time
  • When: Mondays from 9:30am to 4pm, October 26th to 1st June
Textiles HNC content HNC Textiles student work 2019-20

Textiles HNC

A creative design-led portfolio course offering experience across fashion, interior and accessory textile design. You'll develop a broad range of skills and create your own collection. With visiting lecturers and industry professionals, you'll gain exposure to the latest trends and can prepare for a degree programme or a variety of career pathways.

  • Where? Fort William
  • Full-time or Part-time? Both available
Art and Design NPA content Female at easel

Art and Design NPA

Gain practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of a range of printmaking, mixed media and illustration skills and techniques for art and design applications.

  • Where? Auchtertyre, Fort William or Portree (on rotation)
  • Full-time or Part-time? Part-time (5 hours per week)
  • When: 1 day per week
Drawing Skills NPA content Hand drawing with pencil at easel

Drawing Skills NPA

A part-time course which allows you to gain practical and theoretical knowledge of a range of drawing skills and techniques for art and design applications. Develop your skills through practical experimentation including your local environment.

  • Where? Auchtertyre, Fort William or Portree (on rotation)
  • Full-time or Part-time? Part-time (5 hours per week)
  • When: 1 day per week
Painting NPA content Girl with easel by the sea

Painting NPA

Learn creative paint techniques and colour theory and develop these into a personal painting project based on a chosen theme. A part-time course which includes a chance to exhibit and sell work at the end.

  • Where? Auchtertyre, Fort William or Portree (on rotation)
  • Full-time or Part-time? Part-time (5 hours per week)
  • When: 1 day per week
Photography Higher content View of camera from behind. Scene through its lens. Yellow lights surrounding.

Photography Higher

An exciting part-time course providing you with opportunities to develop a broad range of theoretical, practical and technical skills in photography. You will also learn about the history and art of photography and apply knowledge gained in the creation of your own photographs on a range of themes.

  • Where? Broadford, Fort William, Portree
  • Full-time or Part-time? Part-time
  • When: Tuesdays 6pm to 9pm (Broadford), Fridays 10am to 1pm (Fort William), Mondays 6pm to 9pm (Portree)
Photography HNC content Female student sat on studio floor framing shot of spinning wheel. Plus light and equipment

Photography HNC

HNC Photography is designed with flexibility at its heart, to meet the needs of a vibrant photographic employment market, either in self-employment, or working for a business. You will gain a strong foundation in a range of photographic disciplines, both in the studio or on location, while developing your style and creative flair.

  • Where? Broadford
  • Full-time or Part-time? Part-time
Creative Writing in the Highlands and Islands BA (Hons) content Female student writing with pen

Creative Writing in the Highlands and Islands BA (Hons)

This innovative degree is an opportunity to pursue your individual creativity and to equip yourself with the professionalism required to be a successful writer in your chosen field. Designed to give you a solid grounding in the creative principles of four of the main areas of creative writing: poetry, prose, playwriting and the screenplay.

  • Where? All centres
  • Full-time or Part-time? Both available