Short Courses

Challenge Accepted: In-depth 20-Week Courses

If you're looking for a challenge or simply want to spend more time with a subject, then the 20-week short courses are the perfect way to delve a little deeper.

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If you're a seasoned Short Courses student or a brand new one, you might just want to delve a little deeper into a subject area and really get stuck in!

Our 20-week courses are a perfect way to get a little extra knowledge about a subject area you love. You and your fellow students will benefit from the same tutor(s) throughout and by studying over a longer period of time you will have the luxury of getting to know the subject matter in-depth. The courses are still taught once-a-week like many of our other Short Courses but run for twice as many weeks so that you can really get to grips with the subject.

The 20-week courses also have the added benefit of being worth 20 credits for those choosing to study for the Certificate of Higher Education. If you're not studing towards the Certificate but still want to be challenged, you can also take the credit and submit your assessment. Challenge accepted!

Below we've detailed the 20-week courses coming up in Term 1. Courses start in September so make sure you secure your place today!



Starting to Write

For beginners or those wishing to refresh the basics of writing poetry and short stories. The course incorporates writing exercises which are designed to build your writing confidence and t  encourage original and lively work. Learn how to revise a first draft and how to give and take critical feedback in a positive, constructive way. Starts Thursday 26 September 2019 at 6:30pm.


An Introduction to Scottish Literature: The Literature of Edinburgh

Explore the rich literary heritage of Edinburgh, the first UNESCO City of Literature. Examine the work of some of the city's most celebrated local literary talents, such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Burns, Owen and Sassoon, Kate Atkinson, Sue Glover, Murieal Spark and Irvine Welsh. You'll read a wide variety of texts from the 18th Century to present day, and consider the common themes which emerge. Starts Tuesday 24 Septembe 2019 from 6:30pm.



An overview of the psychological study of human thought and behaviour. Explore the history of the field and its major discoveries, and contemporary research on topics such as memory, language, decision-making, personality, emotion, and consciousness. You will learn how these aspects of the mind develop and change throughout life, and how they may break down in psychopathological conditions. Starts Thursday 26 September 2019 from 6:30pm.



What can we know? What is consciousness? How important is freedom as a political goal? How should I act? Does life have meaning? This course tackles the big questions and offers an introduction to some of the main areas and key issues of philosophy. Starts Monday 23 September 2019 from 6:30pm.


Politics and International Relations

Explore political systems and structures around the world, the relations between states and the impact of globalisation on national politics. Discuss elections, parliaments, political parties, civil society, media, European integration, devolved governments, globalisation and much more. A great introduction to the subject's key concepts and theories. Starts Tuesday 24 September 2019 from 6:30pm.


Graphic Design: Studio Practices

With a focus on project work, you will develop a professional approach by analying briefs, pitching ideas and working on graphic design projects using Adobe. You'll be guided through each step, whilst developing your graphic design skills. Starts Wednesday 25 September 2019 from 9:30am.


Art Practice: Applying Research Methods

Develop you personal visual language in this advanced art course. You'll receive one-to-one studio teaching as well as group discussions, short projects, field trips, workshops and talks. You'll be able to bridge the gap between your ideas and your studio practice. Starts Thursday 26 September 2019 from 1:30pm.


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