Fine Art Textiles BA (Hons)

UCAS code WW12

What is special about this course?

This BA (Hons) Fine Art Textiles course is designed to help you to develop your fine art textiles skills and progress your career opportunities in this field.

Based at Moray School of Art in Elgin, or Orkney College UHI, you will explore a range of fine art and textiles media, both traditional and non-traditional, that will enhance your skills and enable you to apply them to individual project work. You will be offered your own studio space from the second year onwards, with access to excellent fine art textiles resources. The tutor practitioners, who have expertise in a broad range of specialist areas, will be close at hand to give you regular input and guidance to help you achieve your full potential.

Our strong links with the cultural sector (including galleries, museums and arts organisations) and a varied and full programme of visiting lecturers will ensure you are kept up-to-date with contemporary practice, as well as providing you with useful links to other artists and professionals.

Your learning will be research based and you will develop your practice through diverse studio work and the opportunity to participate in cultural trips.

Special features

  • You will have your own individual studio space from the second year onwards
  • Small student numbers facilitate close working relationships between you and your tutors
  • A visiting lecturer programme will ensure you are kept up-to-date with contemporary practice
  • You will exhibit your work as part of professional practice in year three and also during the final year degree show
  • You can study full-time or part-time to suit your personal circumstances
  • You can study individual modules for personal or professional development


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade C or above
  • One of these should include English
  • Alternatively, a recognised Art Access course with evidence of ability in written coursework, for example, a unit in contextual study or art history
  • All applicants will be required to submit a portfolio of visual work which clearly demonstrates the capacity to cope with the demands of the course, and attend an interview as part of the selection process

Access routes

If you do not have the required qualifications or experience there are portfolio access courses available at:

  • Inverness College UHI
  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • Orkney College UHI
  • Perth College UHI
  • Shetland College UHI

Relevant Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP):

  • Access to: Arts and Humanities (Newbattle Abbey College)
  • Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (North East Scotland College)
  • Access to: Celtic Studies incorporating Primary Education with Gaelic (Newbattle Abbey College)
  • Access to: Community, Education and Humanities (Dundee & Angus College)
  • Access to: Degree Studies (Forth Valley College)
  • Access to: Humanities (Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Education) (Fife College)
  • Access to: Humanities (Fife College)
  • Access to: Humanities (Perth College UHI)
  • Access to: Languages with Business (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: Languages, Arts and Social Sciences (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: University Study (Dundee & Angus College)
  • NQ Access to: Social Sciences (West Lothian College)
  • NQ Access to: Teaching (West Lothian College)

Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules are:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Surface: stitch and print
  • Surface: constructed
  • Printed image
  • Critical and contextual studies 1

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are:

  • Creative practice 1
  • Workshop
  • Critical and contextual studies 2
  • Professional practice 1
  • Creative practice 2

You will also choose one option module which may include:

  • Art and social practice
  • Art films: the artistic impression


Year 3 - BA

Core modules are:

  • Creative practice 3
  • Theory and practice
  • Creative practice  4
  • Research project
  • Professional practice 2

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

In year four you will complete a dissertation and participate in a degree show.

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures and tutorials, personal studio work and online learning via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time: 8 years @ 20 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

Where can I study my course?

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

*The Home-Scotland/EU fee rate is set by the Scottish Government and will be confirmed by March 2019.

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

    Full-time Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free** free**

**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500 (2018-19 and 2019-20).

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

  2018-19 2019-20
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £11,100 £11,650
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £5,550 £5,820
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £1,850 £1,940

**There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have completed this BA (Hons) Fine Art Textiles course you will have acquired the skills to become a practising artist.

You could also consider a career in teaching or pursue a related path within the arts industry.

Can I progress into further study?

You may be able to progress from the BA (Hons) Fine Art to our MA Art and Social Practice.

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

I‘d like to become a professional artist and educator and elements of the course, for example, where I took part in a collaborative art project in Iceland, were really helpful as a means towards this.

I like the friendly staff and the community feel around the college. The flexibility and availability of funding makes it possible for me to study even around my kids and family.

Rebecca Boyd is studying BA (Hons) Fine Art Textiles at Moray College UHI.

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