What is special about this course?
The National Certificate Art & Design is a one-year course located in the distinctive location of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides. The Island has a diverse landscape and is renowned for a rich natural history and fascinating archaeological past. The Hebridean islands also retain their unique Gaelic culture and language.
The course attracts a diverse group of learners from the islands and further afield, and is made up of younger students moving on from school as well as those returning to education. With small group sizes and the input of a number of specialised tutors, the learning experience is full of new challenges and creative opportunities. Portfolio preparation is embedded into the course structure for students intending to apply on into Higher Education art courses.
A particular feature of the course is its location in Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre, the award winning arts venue in North Uist. With a changing exhibition programme, and stunning waterfront studios, this is a vibrant hub of creative and cultural activity.
Applicants should aim for 3 National 5 passes or equivalent, preferably including Art and English. Applicants will also be asked to show examples of their work, particularly drawing, at interview which will help determine their level of experience.
Applications to the course are welcome from adults returning to education who may not possess the entry requirements.
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How will I study my course?
- Full Time
- Part Time
Studio and workshop based.
Field trips to various locations around the island.
How long will my course last?
- Full time – the course runs for 3 days a week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
- Part time – In discussion with the Course Leader, applicants can select a number of units to study. Units are normally delivered in blocks over 2 weeks. Full time students are given priority.
Where can I study my course?
- Taigh Chearsabhagh (Lochmaddy, North Uist)
Most full-time students will have their fees paid.
Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.
What can I do on completion of my course?
The course allows students to prepare a portfolio with which to apply on to Higher education level courses. This could be progression onto the BA Fine Art (level 1/2), also offered by Lews Castle College at Taigh Chearsabhagh or to other Art Colleges or HND level courses.
Is there more information available online?
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