Art and Design SCQF Level 6

What is special about this course?

Enjoy experimentation and explore new techniques and new media in this exciting one year course. Whether progressing from our level 5 Portfolio course or entering directly to level 6, this course will give student experience of working in a variety of disciplines within Art and Design, gives an understanding of the skills and techniques used, and students will experience working in a range of environments. Subjects include Exploratory Media Handling, Contextual Studies, Digital Media, Analytical and Life Drawing, Ceramics, Location Drawing, Photography, 3D Development, Illustrative Sculpture, Animation and other. The course consists of a mixture of practical and theoretical elements which will include lectures, visiting guest artists and visits to exhibitions.

Entry requirements

  • 4 National 5s (or equivalent), with 2 being at grade A or B, (one of which must be Art) and 2 at grade A-D. Or
  • Successful Completion of our National 5 Art portfolio course and a positive report from the Curriculum Lead.

Applications are welcomed from mature students and individuals who may not have these qualifications but can demonstrate relevant experience and skills.

You may be asked to provide examples of previous art and design work, sketchbooks and drawings.

Your course will include units from the following areas:

  • Art and Design: Colour
  • Art and Design: Contextual studies 
  • Digital Media
  • Exploratory Media Handling 
  • Art and Design: Project
  • Analytical Drawing
  • Life Drawing
  • 3D skills development
  • Ceramics – hand building
  • Location Drawing - environment
  • Painting to a theme
  • Printmaking Applied skills
  • Animation 
  • Illustrative sculpture
  • Photography – portraiture skills level


Those students receiving a bursary will be given equipment and a materials allowance. It is expected that you will contribute to some of the costs of art materials. 

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

You will receive taught sessions, completing tasks as instructed by your tutor.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Lochgilphead Learning Centre


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

Additional costs

There will be a charge for materials and art supplies of £100. For those receiving a bursary, these costs will met by your bursary.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Progression can be to HNC/D Art and Design, HNC/D Contemporary Art Practice progressing to higher levels of study in Fine Art (BA),  Art and Social Practice (MA) through UHI or other Scottish higher education establishments, or into work within the Creative Industries.

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What our students, graduates and staff say

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.

Chita Craig - Lochgilphead

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