What is special about this course?
This one-year course enables students to explore a variety of art and design disciplines including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, digital imaging, design and textiles. Alongside practical studio work, there is a contextual study element involving lectures, visits to exhibitions and talks by visiting artists.
Professional skills are developed through ‘live projects’ in collaboration with organisations such as the Pier Arts Centre, the St Magnus International Festival, the Orkney Folk Festival, and students are encouraged to engage with the unique environment, culture and history of Orkney.
The NC is designed to enable students to prepare a comprehensive portfolio of work suitable for submission to higher education courses across the UK, including BA (Hons) Fine Art or BA (Hons) Fine Art Textiles at Orkney College UHI.
Interview with a selected portfolio of Art and Design work.
2 Intermediate 2 or National 5 passes (Usually Art & Design and English). However it is recommended that any student wishing to articulate on to Degree courses gains entry requirements prior to application (usually 4 passes at Higher).
Mature and overseas students who do not have the above qualifications but who can demonstrate a capability to successfully complete the course may be given a place but this is at the discretion of the interviewing panel.
- Art and Design: Exploratory Media Handling
- Art and Design: Colour
- Art and Design: Contextual Studies
- Art and Design: Digital Media
- Art and Design: Personal Project
- Photography: Research Project
- Art & Design: Painting to a Theme
- Art & Design: Expressive Drawing
- Art & Design: Introduction to Sculpture
- Art & Design: Printmaking
- Art and Design: Sketchbook Development
- Art & Design: Creative Textile Development
- Art and Design: Design Activity
- Jewellery Design: Non Precious Materials
- Art and Design: Analytical Drawing
Students have the opportunity to extend their academic skills in Communication and Literature.
How will I study my course?
- Full Time
- Part Time
You will study by way of class-room based lectures and tutorials in College and by using on-line support materials.
The Course is continuously assessed.
How long will my course last?
1 year full-time
Where can I study my course?
August or January
Further education tuition fees
If you are studying a full time Further Education course (NCs, NQs etc.) the College claims your fees from the Scottish Funding Council for students who are under 18 on the first day of the course. Students over the age of 18 on the first day of the course have to apply to Orkney Islands Council (OIC) for a tuition fees bursary.
Information on the tuition fees bursary is available on the OIC website.
Normally you are responsible for your course fees but if you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for a Part Time Course Fee Waiver. Not all part-time courses at Orkney College UHI are covered by the Fee Waiver Scheme and only certain benefits are acceptable as a basis for a Fee Waiver. Please contact the college to enquire.
If you are eligible, you may be entitled to an ILA of up to £200 a year towards a course. Further information can be found at https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/learn-and-train/sds-individual-learning-accounts-ila
What can I do on completion of my course?
BA (Hons) Fine Art or BA (Hons) Fine Art Textiles at Orkney College UHI. Application to Art Schools and Colleges.
Students may pursue a career in the area of art and design and with their portfolio of artwork, may gain places on Higher Education courses.
Is there more information available online?
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