Lews Castle College UHI, in collaboration with Applied Arts Scotland and Skills Development Scotland, have developed a new and FREE course, designed specifically for Scottish Craft Practitioners.

This flexible course, entitled “Sustaining Craft Business Practice” has been designed to provide Craft Practitioners from any Craft discipline with the skills required to establish a professional business or re–structure an existing business. With an understanding of how the Covid pandemic has impacted the creative industries there is a focus on:

  • Design & Innovation
  • Sustainability
  • Project Management
  • International Trade
  • Business Planning & Marketing.

This course has been designed by industry experts to provide a new model of teaching and training. Expert tutors and experienced practitioners will provide a unique learning experience that has been carefully designed to provide essential skills for craft businesses in a post covid era. 

Sustaining Craft Business Practice will be delivered completely online with tutor support throughout. Study time is flexible, with digital access to course materials and recordings of ‘live’ networking sessions. Financial support for Childcare may also be available; dependent upon eligibility. Students can learn at their own pace with the support of tutors and leading industry experts all of whom run their own Craft Business on a national and international basis. 

LCC UHI in association with AAS Sustaining Crafts Businesses project is funded as part of the SDS Creative Industries Freelance Workforce Recovery Programme supported by the Scottish Government National Transitions Training Fund.

Find out more about the course here - Courses starting January 2022 - Fashion (uhi.ac.uk)

Entry requirements:

This course is open to Makers aged 25 years or over, across Scotland. We particularly welcome applications from rural practitioners.

Evidence of experience or qualifications in making, designing, producing or selling Craft ProductsAnd A National Certificate or equivalent qualification at SCQF level 5 or 6 Or Two Highers at level C or above.

Alternative Evidence to demonstrate suitability may be considered at the discretion of the centre. 

If English is not your first language, English for Speakers of Other Languages at an appropriate level.

Application Procedure

In the first instance please submit the following information to email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Please visit Courses starting January 2022 - Fashion (uhi.ac.uk)
  • Covering email confirming whether you are an established Craft Business or seeking to establish a new Craft Business.
  • CV
  • 3 Images of your work and/or links to social media / websites
  • DEADLINE: 10th January 2022

Selection will be taking place between the 12th - 14th of January and applicants will notified if they have been successful and invited to apply formally by the 15th January 2022.