Fine Art BA (Hons)

UCAS code W100
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

If you want to study contemporary art and would like to develop your creative skills in a vibrant and challenging environment, then the BA (Hons) Fine Art degree is for you.

You’ll be taught by a highly experienced team of visual practitioners who will support you to explore and experiment with a range of fine art media, such as painting, digital imaging, photography, drawing, sculpture and printmaking.  You will also have support from academics who will help you to write about your own practice and the work of other artists.

With access to your own studio space and specialist equipment, you can be confident that you will have all the necessary resources at hand.  In addition, small class sizes mean that you will always have regular contact with staff and can tap in to their professional knowledge and expertise so that you can develop to your full potential.

Special features

  • You will study at Moray School of Art (Moray College UHI), Orkney College UHI, Shetland College UHI or Taigh Chearsabhagh, in the beautiful landscape of North Uist in the Western Isles (first two years only).
  • Moray School of Art is one of the five major Scottish art schools.
  • Your experience will be enriched with frequent cultural and environmental trips.
  • You will have your own individual studio space from level two onwards.
  • Small student numbers means there is a close working relationship between staff and students, working acrosss the network over four locations.
  • We have strong links with the cultural sector including galleries, museums and arts organisations and you will benefit from visiting artists and professionals.
  • You will exhibit your work as part of professional practice in the third year and also during the final year degree show.
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances.

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade C or above
  • These should include English, or a recognised Art Access course with evidence of ability in written coursework, for example, a unit in contextual study or art history.
  • You will be required to submit a portfolio of visual work which clearly demonstrates your 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

Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules are:

  • Painting
  • Lens based media
  • Drawing
  • Critical and contextual studies 1
  • Spatial studies
  • Contemporary technology

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are:

  • Creative Practice 1
  • Workshop
  • Critical and Contextual Studies 2
  • Creative Practice 2
  • Professional Practice 1

You will also choose one option module which may include:

  • Art and social practice
  • Art films: the artistic impression
  • Art and archaeology: contemporary theory and practice

Year 3 - BA

Core modules are:

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

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, workshops and studio work, and online learning via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors.
  • Years one and two (CertHE and DipHE) are available to study at Taigh Chearsabhagh on North Uist, part of Lews Castle College UHI with the full BA (Hons) programme available at Moray School of Art (Moray College UHI), Orkney College UHI, and Shetland College UHI.

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


How much will my course cost?

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:

Degrees 2016-17
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215

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:

Level 2016-17
Year 1 CertHE £8,000 p.a.
Year 2 DipHE £8,000 p.a.
Year 3 Degree £8,000 p.a.
Year 4 Honours 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) -  £1,340 (2016-17)

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:

Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £10,000
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year*** £5,040
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)*** £1,680

***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.

What funding can I apply for?

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 successfully completed your BA (Hons) Fine Art course, you might like to consider a career as a practising artist or teacher; your skills will also be highly desirable in arts or creative related employment.

Is there more information available online?

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

Apply for Fine Art BA (Hons)

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates 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.

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