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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location


  • Study mode

    Blended learning

  • Start date


  • Duration

    27 months

Course summary

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 operating not only in Orkney, but also in Shetland, the Western Isles, and the mainland of Scotland.

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. From crafting 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. Specialist optional modules in art or 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 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

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)

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.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 8,820per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)

  • Campus address

    University of the Highlands and Islands, UHI Executive Office, Ness Walk, Inverness, Highland, IV3 5SQ, Scotland

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    32nd out of 33 6

    73rd out of 85 10

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    44.0 44%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.06 81%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 239

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    62.0 62%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.85 77%



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