Developmental Creative Practice (SCQF level 8) CPD Award

What is special about this course?

This CPD Award in Developmental Creative Practice (SCQF level 8) provides a short-course opportunity for practitioners in the creative industries. Suitable for artists working in the disciplines of creative writing, dance, digital media, music, film, theatre, traditional crafts and visual art, the award aims to encourage the review, evaluation and, if appropriate, re-centring of personal practice, with the support of a wider peer group from the sector.

You will experience a holistic and varied learning experience, including a mix of one to one, project work and group critiques. Delivered fully online, there is flexibility to engage regardless of location. By identifying areas for self-improvement and development, through reflective practice, you will be encouraged to explore new ways of working and to challenge current assumptions about your work.

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic was felt across the creative sector, with many artists vulnerable to loss of employment and decreased motivation in the context of making work. This award provides an avenue through which you can reconnect with creativity and likeminded others, providing space and stimulus to explore, clarify, inspire and affirm personal practice.

Special features

  • 100% online delivery 
  • Led by tutors active in the sector 
  • Opportunity to develop and reflect on own creative practice
  • Unique chance to work with other multi-disciplinary artists 
  • Academic award achieved through holistic and collaborative learning 

Entry requirements

  • Applicants must have experience of working within the creative sector and/or have been actively making work for a significant period of time. A minimum of three years is desirable.

CPD Award

You will study the following module:

  • Developmental Creative Practice

How will I study my course?

  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will learn through a combination of video-conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors.
  • Delivery is over 1 semester (12 weeks) with classes ranging from 2-hour lectures to 5-hour group workshops

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time (structured): 12 weeks @ 4-10 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which consists of between 2-5 hours tutor contact, plus the equivalent time spent in self-directed study.

Where can I study my course?

  • Moray College UHI - this fully online course can be studied from anywhere in Scotland. You will be enrolled and supported by staff at Moray College UHI.

Start date

  • September
  • January


The good news is that depending on your personal circumstances there are a wide range of bursaries, grants and allowances available to fund your college studies.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

Additional costs

You are expected to explore your own practice during study and will be responsible for sourcing all materials and equipment required.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This course will enable you to continue and progress within your established field, through enhanced reflection, peer support and connectivity that is multi-disciplinary in nature. You will exit with a refreshed perspective on your practice and the energy to consider new approaches and ideas.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Developmental Creative Practice (SCQF level 8) CPD Award

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2022 or Aug/Sep 2022 or Jan/Feb 2023

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate 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 gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.