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Hazel Lancaster is studying Introduction to Art content Hazel Lancaster

Hazel Lancaster is studying Introduction to Art

Hazel found interest in art after leaving secondary school, experimenting with felt, glass and jewellery design.

The 19-year-old started on our Foundation Art and Design (SCQF level 4) programme in January, progressing to Introduction to Art (SCQF Level 5) in August.

“I’m encouraged to do art every day, and I’m developing my skills all the time. I really enjoy the course. It’s great to work alongside other creative people, to share ideas, techniques and new ways of doing things. I’m getting lots of guidance this year and feel like I’m learning a lot.”

Leanne Munro graduated from our BA (Hons) Visual Communication and Design in 2019/20 content Leanne Munro

Leanne Munro graduated from our BA (Hons) Visual Communication and Design in 2019/20

“I had no idea what I wanted to study when I left school so I worked in retail for a while, before deciding spontaneously to apply for this course. I had always enjoyed art and design at school and had a special interest in photography. It was so motivating to be surrounded by like-minded people again, and the course broadened my skills and allowed me to explore new creative opportunities. We worked with real clients on live briefs, which was great for building my CV and profile, but also so rewarding to be recognised for your work. I also secured a one-year student internship with the marketing department at Inverness College UHI, which provided a fantastic opportunity to put what I’d learned into practice.”

Jack Reid is doing a postgraduate research degree in theatre studies (MRes Creative Practice) content Jack Reid

Jack Reid is doing a postgraduate research degree in theatre studies (MRes Creative Practice)

Jack Reid completed our BA (Hons) in Drama and Production before progressing to the MRes Creative Practice.

“The degree gave me a huge variety of disciplines to create work as an actor, a writer and director. There is a real passion in the department for fresh ideas, and there is no trace of fusty academia, or rigid conservatoire dogma. The philosophy of the department accepts the different strengths of students and encourages them to dedicate themselves fully to those strengths. I feel valued here.”

Julia dos Santos is studying ESOL 5 content Julia Do Santos

Julia dos Santos is studying ESOL 5

“I moved to Scotland to work and learn English. The lecturers really want to help you learn, develop your skills and become successful in life – they were always there to help me. It gave me the confident to start looking for better employment and the belief I could do anything I put my mind to. It’s provided me with huge satisfaction and had a positive impact on my overall mental health.”

Leah Davis graduated from our BA (Hons) Contemporary Art and Contextualized Practice in 2019/20 content Leah Davis

Leah Davis graduated from our BA (Hons) Contemporary Art and Contextualized Practice in 2019/20

“I was accepted to study at other universities, but I chose Inverness College UHI as the course includes modules which prepare you for life after study, how to promote yourself, develop a brand and approach galleries, areas not covered by other degrees. This learning has been fundamental in helping me get a head start in my artistic career. The lecturers are always there for you and are so enthusiastic about art, it rubs off on you as a student and motivates you to be excited about your own practice. During my degree, I had my own solo show, which was a near sell out, and exhibited in Santa Fe. If I had never started this course, I can’t imagine I would have had the confidence to even apply to a gallery, never mind organise my own show. I now sell art and prints regularly.”