The National 5 Gateway course is designed to provide you with the opportunity to gain the necessary qualifications to progress into Further Education, to return to the workplace, or prepare for a career change. There is the added flexibility of studying on a full-time or part-time basis.

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The University of the Highlands and Islands together with Edinburgh Napier University, and 13  other universities across Scotland have come together to produce a first of a kind digital programme for their students studying in creative programmes.

Over 700 students joined a live event ‘The new creative normal: adapting to ongoing changes in the creative sector on Wednesday 13 May 2020.

The programme included four distinct online sessions focused on music, theatre, TV and screen, journalism and publishing. Echoed throughout the day, was the message that now is the time to think about what you can do and not to focus on what you can’t do.

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From the initial sketches to a fully rendered fashion design board, the art of fashion illustration plays a major part in the design process whilst technical drawings assist in the production of garment patterns.

This year’s students have developed skills in using different mixed media techniques; applying them to represent simulated textile textures and patterns whilst understanding the application of colour balance and it’s use within their own designs.

A strong emphasis is placed on developing free hand drawing skills, sketch book development and the ability to communicate how a garment is constructed. Students study and learn to capture how different textiles behave and in doing so develop the skill set for envisioning their designs and communicating them to an industry standard.