Contemporary Art and Archaeology MA

What is special about this course?

This new MA programme is unique in the UK in linking the fields of contemporary art and archaeology. It encourages students to take a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to artmaking and research-led creative practice. Core modules will immerse you in an established, interdisciplinary community of practice which stretches from Orkney to the wider world. From crofting landscapes and ancient monuments to renewable energy and cutting-edge technology, the Highlands and Islands is where past, present and future meet, at the interface of the global and local.

This outward-looking MA embraces this setting by providing creative and interdisciplinary approaches to the scholarly study of material and visual culture, arts, and heritage. Specialist optional modules in both art and archaeology will allow you to build a bespoke MA which explores both the deep past of this fascinating region and plays a role in its sustainable, creative future.

This exciting course will allow you to explore, both independently and collaboratively, original and creative responses to current issues and develop your own practice as a uniquely interdisciplinary Contemporary Art and Archaeology practitioner.

Special features

  • Developed and directed by a specialist team of academics and visual artists based in Orkney, allowing access to world-famous archaeology
  • The only course of its kind to link contemporary art practice with archaeological study
  • The course is delivered online and can, therefore, be studied from anywhere in the world
  • Specialist optional modules in art and archaeology will allow you to tailor your course to your own interests 

Entry requirements

  • 2:1 honours degree in a relevant subject
  • Students without formal qualifications, or with less than a 2:1 but with professional experience evidenced by their portfolio, will also be considered
  • You will also be required to submit a portfolio with evidence of work and attend an interview either in person, by phone, VC, or Skype

Access routes

PgCert

You will study the following core module:

  • Art and archaeology: contemporary theory and practice

You will also choose two option modules, one in archaeology and one in creative practice.

 

PgDip

You will study the following core modules:

  • Contemporary art and archaeology in practice
  • Research skills and methods

You will also choose one option module in either archaeology or creative practice.

MA

To achieve the award of MA you must complete a final project in contemporary art and archaeology.

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

As your course was designed to be fully online and has run successfully for the last few years in this way, we can confirm that there will be no change to how the course will be delivered next year. You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have an online induction at the start of the course. The residential will be planned in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing, and is likely to be a virtual event this year. For those who live near a campus, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all staff and students.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will study through supported online learning via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE). This will include a combination of video-conference lectures and tutorials available in real-time and recordings
  • International students requiring a Student Route visa to study with us must be based at Orkney College UHI during their studies. International students undertaking the course from their home country can study online and by video conference, in real-time or recordings
  • All other students can choose to study at Orkney College UHI, or from their own location studying online and by video conference in real-time or recordings
  • An online induction will be offered at the start of your course

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 15 months @ 35-40 hours per week 
  • Part-time (structured): 27 months (minimum)
  • Part-time (unstructured): 6 years (maximum)

Where can I study my course?

  • Orkney College UHI

You can study this fully online masters from any location. You will be enrolled and receive support from Orkney College UHI.

Start date

  • September 

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
  2020-21 2021-22
Per module (20 credits) £560 £560
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,680
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,360 £3,360
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,000 £5,000

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), studying this course on-campus or online from their home, the following fees apply:

 

2020-21

2021-22
Per module (20 credits) £650 £650
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,950 £1,950
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,900 £3,900
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,850 £5,850

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government has confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals starting their study in Scotland from academic year 2021-22, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2021-22, students will get an automatic fee scholarship.

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

2021-22 On-campus study (term-time address in Scotland) With scholarship Online study (from home country) With scholarship
Per module (20 credits) £1,420 £1,070 £980 £730
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £4,260 £3,210 £2940 £2,190
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits, 180 credits) £8,520 £6,420 £5,880 £4,380
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits) £12,780 £9,630 £8,820 £6,570

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union, studying on-campus or online, the following fees apply:

  On-campus study (term-time address in Scotland) Online study (from home country)
  2020-21 2021-22 2020-21 2021-22
Per module (20 credits) £1,380 £1,420 £980 £980
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £4,140 £4,260 £2940 £2940
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits, 180 credits) £8,280 £8,520 £5,880 £5,880
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits) £12,420 £12,780 £8,820 £8,820<

 

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

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international postgraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

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.

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