Art and Archaeology MA

What is special about this course?

This new MA Art and Archaeology* is an interdisciplinary course that links contemporary art practice with cutting edge archaeological research and theory. Its emphasis on contemporary practice as well as historical and theoretical context makes it unique in the UK.

The course immerses you into a research-rich creative community operating across the highlands and islands of Scotland and offers you the chance to gain access to world-class archaeological sites and artefacts, including Orkney, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while developing your own creative practice.

The course will help strengthen your ability to utilise independent and collaborative learning experiences to develop original and creative responses to problems and current complex issues. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a work placement as an artist-on-residence on an archaeological excavation.

Depending on your background and expertise, you can choose to follow either an archaeological studies or art practice pathway, with either a research dissertation or practical project as the final assessment at MA level. 

*subject to validation

Special features

  • Based at Orkney College UHI, allowing access to the world-famous archaeology on offer
  • Taught by specialists in art/archaeology and interdisciplinary practice
  • The course offers a unique approach by linking practice with theory, and art with archaeology
  • Potential to gain valuable professional experience through residencies

Entry requirements

  • 2:2 honours degree in a relevant subject. You will also be required to submit a portfolio with evidence of work
  • Students without formal qualifications, but with professional experience, can be accepted upon submission and acceptance of relevant portfolio work

PgCert

For the Art Practice pathway, you will study the following modules:

  • Art and archaeology: contemporary theory and practice
  • Communities of practice
  • Plus one option module from across the university's archaeology and creative portfolios

For the Archaeological Studies pathway, you will study the following modules:

  • Art and archaeology: contemporary theory and practice
  • Archaeology of the Highlands and Islands
  • Plus one option module from across the university's archaeology and creative portfolios

PgDip

For the Art Practice pathway, you will study the following modules:

  • Creative approaches to art and archaeology
  • Research methods
  • Plus one option module from across the university's archaeology and creative portfolios

For the Archaeological Studies pathway, you will study the following modules:

  • Creative approaches to art and archaeology
  • Research and dissertation
  • Plus one option module from across the university's archaeology and creative portfolios

MA

To achieve the award of MA you must complete a practical project for the Art Practice pathway, or a 15,000-word dissertation for the Archaeological Studies pathway.

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • 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. 
  • There will be a 3 to 4 day residential workshop at the start of the course which will combine archaeological fieldtrips with studio practice.

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 18 months @ 40 hrs per week 

Where can I study my course?

  • Orkney College UHI

Start date

  • September 

Fees

Further education tuition fees

Full time

If you are studying a full time Further Education course (NCs, NQs etc.) the College claims your fees from the Scottish Funding Council for students who are under 18 on the first day of the course. Students over the age of 18 on the first day of the course have to apply to Orkney Islands Council (OIC) for a tuition fees bursary.

Information on the tuition fees bursary is available on the OIC website.

Part time

Normally you are responsible for your course fees but if you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for a Part Time Course Fee Waiver. Not all part-time courses at Orkney College UHI are covered by the Fee Waiver Scheme and only certain benefits are acceptable as a basis for a Fee Waiver. Please contact the college to enquire.

If you are eligible, you may be entitled to an ILA of up to £200 a year towards a course. Further information can be found at https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/learn-and-train/sds-individual-learning-accounts-ila

Funding

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

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider careers in the creative and cultural industries. This includes roles such as museum and exhibition curating, interpretation, or pursuing your own independent career as a creative practitioner.

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress from this course to the university's postgraduate research degrees, which will allow you to undertake independent research into a range of art and archaeology subjects.

Is there more information available online?

QR Code - scan to visit course page

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Art and Archaeology MA

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2020

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.