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Art and Archaeology: Context and Practice Module Code: UV408115 (SCQF Level 8)

The University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute have teamed up with the department of Art and Design at Orkney College UHI to offer a distance learning course for those who wish to explore the creative, practical and vocational aspects of art and archaeology in their own research and practice.

The Art & Archaeology: Context and Practice course has been specially designed to be studied as CPD for those professionals working in the creative and heritage sectors or as an introduction to research in the expanding art & archaeology field.

The course itself explores the history of the relationship between art and archaeology, and through a series of practical assignments students will gain a deepened understanding of not only their own creative practice, but also of the processes of making and craft production in the past and how these are interpreted in the present. 

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Course Content

  • Introduction to Art and Archaeology
  • Drawing and photography in archaeology
  • Artists and archaeologists from the Renaissance to now
  • Experiencing and recording landscapes in archaeology
  • Collecting and curating objects and assemblages
  • Materials and making in prehistory 
  • Prehistoric art and mark-making
  • Contemporary archaeology: ‘the archaeology of us’

Course Structure and Delivery

The module takes place over 14 weeks between February and May 2019. Teaching is delivered via a blend of Video Conference seminar sessions, individual and group tutorials, online teaching and resources, and self-directed study. You will document your personal creative enquiry in your reflective journal which will form part of your final assessment, with a final project.

Entry Requirements

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At least 3 Scottish Highers at grade C or above / 2 A-Levels at grade C or above, or equivalent, and a strong interest in art and archaeology.


£215 for an accredited Level 11 module for Scottish/EU domiciled students in 2018-2019.  For students from the rest of the UK or outwith the EU,
please contact us for full details of fees and funding

Enrolling now for a February 2019 start! Fill out the form below to register…or find out more.

COMING SOON: the popular Art and Archaeology Summer Workshop will again be held over four days in July/August 2019. The cost will be £250. Check out our social media pages for more information in the New Year.