Contemporary Art Skills (Level 6) Vocational Pathways

What is special about this course?

Units on this course are similar to Higher level.

The SQA units selected for this course enable the development of a range of contemporary art skills, and includes a project unit which can be structured to support you to develop potential in an area of special interest.

Shetland UHI will supply materials. Tutors will demonstrate techniques and give critical support and you will be encouraged to review each other’s work in a supportive environment.


Entry requirements

This Vocational Pathways course is open to Secondary 3 and 4 pupils.

Over two years you will learn foundational drawing, painting and media handling skills.

Modules (year one):

  • Observational Drawing
  • Textile Art

Module (year two):

  • Exploratory Media Handling


How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Day release
  • Vocational Pathway

The aims of this course are to:

  • Provide art skill workshops with professional artists, which will enable you to experience learning in the college
  • Enable you to share ideas and enthusiasm for art with pupils from across Shetland
  • Complete artwork to meet criteria of SQA units with a range of visual studies and design planning skills.

You will be able to use our workshops and art studios with specialist equipment.

Weather permitting, some sessions will include drawing outside in the landscape. You will produce investigative drawing studies, and you will be encouraged to discuss and share your work in progress.


How long will my course last?

2 Years

Part time - alternate Fridays over two years (9.00am to 3.30pm) plus four hours study per week.

For Secondary 3 and 4 pupils.


Where can I study my course?

    • Lerwick Campus
    • Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick

Start date



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What can I do on completion of my course?

Students with suitable portfolios can progress on to the National Certificate (NC) in Art and Design course at Shetland UHI.

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“During the course I discovered a new side to art in an inspiring environment. It broadened my talent while making new friends along the way.”

“We have updated this course to fit more closely to the demands of school pupils in building drawing skills. Working with professional artist Paul Bloomer, the current students have produced excellent and accomplished drawings” - Simon Clarke, Senior Lecturer

Apply for Contemporary Art Skills (Level 6) Vocational Pathways

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