Art and design

The university has a range of art and design degrees, from fine art, working with textiles, visual communication and design to interactive media.

Skills Development Scotland estimate the creative industries sector will grow by 2% each year throughout Scotland.

Dosi Dimchovsk,
BA (Hons) Fine Art student


“I like the style of teaching from our lecturers which is relaxed, informal and easy to learn from. We are also given a lot of freedom to develop our work in our own studio space."

Dosi, originally from Bulgaria, pictured in his own studio space at our Moray College UHI campus.

Norna Sinclair,
BA (Hons) Fine Art Textiles student

“ The highlight for me this year has been my first exhibition held at the prestigious Pier Arts Centre as part of my Professional Practice 2 module. The key elements of the module are curation, interpretation, marketing and PR and the college has a collaboration with the Pier Arts Centre allowing me to exhibit there. "

Nicole Taylor,
BA (Hons) Contemporary Textiles student


“ I did consider Dundee and Galashiels and Orkney, but felt the facilities and unique curriculum at the university, as well as the heritage of Shetland itself, swayed me towards the contemporary textiles course.”

Natalie Seivwright,
BA Interactive Media graduate


“ I applied to Robert Gordon University, however I chose to study at Moray College UHI which was closer to home. The course was a great balance between design and coding. I was really pleased with how involved the lecturers were in my studies and the smaller class sizes helped to give an almost one-to-one tuition. Between my second and third year studies, I was incredibly lucky to get a summer placement at Hunted Cow Studios as a Game Scenario Designer. With the skills that I had gained through my HND course in 3D animation, I was offered a full time position as a 3D artist. I hadn’t really thought about being in the games industry but Interactive Media opened my eyes to the variety of avenues you can progress onto.”

The University of the Highlands and Islands is the only university based in our region – Highlands and Islands, Moray and Perthshire. We provide access to undergraduate and postgraduate study and research opportunities through our network of colleges and research centres, offering students a natural, supportive environment during their university studies.

Many of our undergraduate courses are developed in partnership with industry professionals to ensure that our graduates have the skills and experience required by employers. Others capitalise on the unique assets of our region, such as the environment, culture and heritage, and offer progression to research opportunities in these internationally important fields.

With locations spread across the Highlands and Islands, students can choose the university campus that suits. It might be close to home, or offer a course of interest, or there might be something special about a specific location. Students can also choose to create their own campus by studying online, when and where it suits them.

In 2015, 95% of the university’s graduates, who studied with us on a full time basis, entered work or further study (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

View our full range of courses.