Creative and Visual Arts

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See student work at our Creative Student Showcase 2021


With our stunning landscape, it's no wonder the West Highlands is home to so many artists, designers and makers. 

Art and Design

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Art and Design Portfolio NC

A dynamic course to help you build a 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 planned by the class.

  • Where? Portree
  • Full-time or Part-time? Full-time (18 hours per week)
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Art and Design with Textiles (Part time)

Explore sketchbook development, drawing, mixed media, textiles techniques and surface decoration from interpretation of initial brief through to a professional portfolio of your work.
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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 or Fort William or Portree
  • Full-time or Part-time? Part-time (5 hours per week)
  • See course details
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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? Portree
  • Full-time or Part-time? Part-time (5 hours per week)
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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)
  • See course details (next intake 2022)
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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.


Textiles and Fashion

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Introduction to Sewing Skills 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.

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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.

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Textiles HND

A highly creative, design-led course for those with a passion for designing and creating, providing you with the opportunity to explore your creative potential.



Student Sara talks about how the Photography Higher course gave her practical skills to be confident with her camera and a qualification towards applying for art college:

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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
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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.