Art and Design SCQF Level 6

What is special about this course?

If you’re an aspiring artist looking to expand your creative flair, this course could be for you!   

Explore your creative side by trying new techniques and working with a variety of media. You’ll learn how to express yourself through colour, line, and shape. 

Build your confidence and knowledge of contemporary art practice through research and practical work.   

During the course you’ll have the opportunity to visit exhibitions at art galleries and take part in field trips to local areas for creative research.  You’ll hear from professional artists to learn about their different artistic approaches.

Entry requirements

  • Two National 5s (or equivalent) including Art and Design and English   

If you don't meet our entry requirements, your previous experience may still qualify you for this course. Mature students will be considered on merit. Please get in touch with us to discuss how suitable this course is for you. 

Before being accepted on to the course you’ll also be asked to submit a small portfolio of your artwork.   

  • Art and Design: Colour   
  • Art and Design: Contextual studies   
  • Digital Media   
  • Exploratory Media Handling     
  • Art and Design: Project   
  • Analytical Drawing   
  • Life Drawing   
  • Skills Development   
  • Ceramics – Hand Building   
  • Location Drawing –Local Environment   
  • Painting to a Theme   
  • Printmaking Applied Skills   
  • Animation   
  • Illustrative Sculpture   
  • Photography – Portraiture Skills  


Students should purchase basic tools for their own use such as brushes, drawing equipment and paint. A detailed list of what you’ll need and recommendations on where to buy will be provided when you start the course. It is estimated that this will cost no more than £65 for the year. Students eligible for a bursary or EMA will have this cost covered. 

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Your course will generally be a mix of scheduled connected learning time, and flexible learning time. You need to commit to both, but you can choose when to complete flexible learning to fit around work, caring and personal commitments.

This practical course will mainly be taught in-person in your local centre, although you may also be asked to join your lecturers and fellow classmates at a scheduled time in an online classroom.  

You will attend class for approximately 3 days per week. You will be required spend around 8 hours in flexible learning outside of class.  

Find out more about how you will learn with us.   

How long will my course last?

9 Months

Where can I study my course?

    • Lochgilphead Learning Centre

Start date

Late August


Most full-time students will automatically have their course fees paid for this course.   

If you have recently moved to, or do not normally live in Scotland, you may need to pay £5,970 in course fees, these can be paid in instalments. Families of Armed Services personnel are subject to different fees regulations and may also have to pay course fees. If you think this may apply to you, please contact us and we can advise you. 

This course is not available to students who require a Tier 4 Home Office visa to study in Scotland (international or EU). 

Part-time FE students who are on low incomes or in receipt of certain benefits may also have their course fees paid for them. Please refer to page 2 of our Fees and Funding Guide to see if you are eligible.  


Bursary for Living Costs 

If you are 18 years of age or over on the start date of your course, and will be studying full-time you may be eligible for bursary funding, depending on your household income. Our bursary fund is finite and is allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis so it’s important to make your application for bursary as soon as the application process opens in July. You will need to have accepted our offer before you apply. 

If you are under 18 you may be eligible for EMA. EMA is paid at a rate of £30 per week dependent on your total household income.  

Please see page 2 of our Fees and Funding Guide for full details of Bursary and EMA.  

You may also be eligible for assistance with travel and childcare, and we have discretionary funds for those students in need. You can find all the information you need in our funding pages

What can I do on completion of my course?

When you’ve successfully completed this course, you can move on to study at a higher level with courses such as: 

  • HNC/D Contemporary Art Practice   
  • Contemporary Art (BA)   
  • Fine Art (BA)   

Employment options in this sector could include:  

  • Professional Artist   
  • Illustrator 
  • Designer   
  • Creative Apprenticeships 

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I’m studying Level 6 National Certificate in Art and Design. It’s a full time course, three days a week and it fits into my working patterns extremely well. I’ve got a different tutor each day and spend a lot of one on one time with them which means I get a lot of help and feedback. 

It’s a really comprehensive course and we do lots of things. Design based work, expressive work. We even do digital design on the computer, which is not something I’d ever done before.

I did apply for a place in Glasgow six years ago when I was 18, but the thought of moving to a city really terrified me. Also I did think that financially it would be a struggle so I decided not to pursue it and as a result have spent the last five years as a supervisor and barista in Oban. Ultimately I would perhaps like to pursue a career in teaching. I get on so well with my tutors, and have formed really strong relationships with them that I’d like to be able to impact in similar fashion on people like myself in the future.

Ghita - Lochgilphead

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