These free, self-paced e-learning courses are designed to support creative practitioners in their professional development. The content has been developed by Shetland Arts in partnership with a range of Shetland based practitioners.

The courses provide information and advice on topics related to working in the creative industries and community arts sectors together with tips and insights from working professionals and links to useful templates and further information.

How to Use

The e-learning courses are accessible online, and can be completed at your own convenience. You can complete the courses in sequence or dip in and out if you want to find out about a particular subject. You will receive a downloadable completion certificate at the end of each.


Practitioners can enrol with UHI Shetland to gain Upskilling certification at SCQF Level 6. The Upskilling course content is supported by 8 weekly seminars, practical exercises and online assessments. The course is delivered by Shetland Arts staff members. For more information and to enrol visit UHI Shetland.

Skills Development Scotland Individual Training Accounts (ITAs)

ITA funding of up to £200 can help you pay for learning something new or brushing up your skills. It's for people who have an income of £22,000 a year or less, or who are in receipt of benefits.

You must be 16 or over and living in Scotland to apply for this funding - to request an application pack, or to find out more, visit or call 0800 917 8000.

You must have your ITA in place before you start your course.

Application forms and guidance/advice are also available from Student Services staff within UHI Shetland - contact [email protected] for further information.

List of Courses

Going Self-Employed
Basic financial and tax responsibilities of setting up as a sole trader (self-employed/freelancer).

Health and Safety Awareness
Keeping people safe and well when planning performances and participatory activities.

Introduction to Copyright
Protecting your own work and using the works of others legally and fairly.

Project Management
Specific steps and explanations to make managing projects more straightforward, efficient and successful.

Creative Opportunities for Practitioners
Where to find them, how to decide which ones are right for you, and some tips on writing applications.

Planning a Creative Workshop
Practical considerations, timescale, costs, engage participants, and promoting your activity.

Monitoring and Evaluating Arts Projects
Planning evaluation, collecting information and a reminder of data protection and consent issues.

Accessibility Awareness
Accessibility and inclusion when planning performances and participatory activities.

We'd love to hear your thoughts and feedback on these courses

Upskilling Courses for Creative Practitioners was funded by Creative Scotland.