Art and Design


About Us

The Art and Design Department based at Orkney College UHI has a fantastic purpose built open plan studio with views over Kirkwall bay. There are excellent workshop and technical facilities, including printmaking, photography and textiles. Our courses cover a wide variety of fine art, design and applied arts specialism, from drawing, painting and sculpture to photography, felting and knitting. Students span all ages and ranges of experience - you can study full time or part time, one day a week or come and try a short course.

As part of the wider University of the Highlands and Islands we are partners with Moray School of Art, Shetland College and Lews Castle College in North Uist. This unique network provides links and connections with other island communities, mainland Scotland, and internationally. There are shared and networked projects and courses, exciting opportunites for exchanges,exhibitions and research.

Our tutors and lecturers are all practicing artists and designers who work and exhibit locally and internationally. This real life experience of the professional art world feeds into live projects, teaching and research. We also have regular visiting artists who do talks and run short projects.

We work closely with the wider cultural community in Orkney, with local arts and crafts businesses and with museums and galleries, particularly the Pier Arts Centre who also helps to deliver our professional practice programme. New courses have been developed that involve interdisciplinary work with for example, archaeology and science.


Introductory Courses

Undergraduate Courses

Postgraduate Courses

Summer Workshops

  • Printmaking with Charles Shearer - August 2017
  • Art & Archaeology - August 2017

For more information, download our Art and Design Course Guide 2018


Our Art and Design students hold annual exhibitions. Follow the links to view photo albums/videos.

NC Art Portfolio 2017 feat work from BA Fine Art students

Degree Show 2016

Fine Art Textiles Degree Show 2015

FE Art and Design Exhibition 2015

Fine Art Textiles Degree Show 2014

FE Art and Design Exhibition 2014

Click here for a Vimeo catalogue of student films.