Art and Design (Portfolio) NC

What is special about this course?

This is a broad based National Certificate course in art and design course which allows you to build a competitive portfolio to meet the national standard required for entry into higher education subjects or entry into art and design based employment. You will explore a range of subjects to enable you to consider your next course or career steps. This is an interesting programme with a mixture of practical and related theoretical content that will allow you to explore a range of disciplines.

Entry requirements

All applicants will be interviewed and will be expected to provide a portfolio of work to contain a minimum of 10 pieces showing a range of work both in colour and black and white, showing tonal drawings, colour blending in painting and 3D drawings along with any digital and photography work. The interview forms an important part of the selection process.

School leavers

  • Four National 5s at C or above to include Art and Design and English/Communication; or equivalent

We also welcome applications from those who have left school or are entering or  returning to study as a mature student.

Subjects include:

  • Life and analytical drawing
  • Digital media and design for print
  • Sketchbook development
  • Printmaking
  • Digital Media
  • Essential skills
  • Development of projects exploring personal themes.
  • Sketchbook development
  • Exploritory media handling
  • Print making and illustration
  • Photography
  • Essential skills in visual and professional presentation. 

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time


How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Inverness Campus

Start date



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


Bursary or EMA (Educational Maintenance Allowance)

What can I do on completion of my course?

  • HND Contemporary Art Practice
  • HND Visual Communication
  • Degree level study
  • Entry into work in related industries

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Apply for Art and Design (Portfolio) NC

I want to start in 2022/23

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Inverness. UHI Inverness operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.