New Art & Archaeology MA Enrolling Now

The University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute and the Art Department at Orkney College are now enrolling students for a new Contemporary Art & Archaeology Masters course.

The course can be accessed online across the world or from the University partner colleges across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

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.

Detail of butterfly carvings at the Ness of Brodgar

From crofting landscapes and ancient monuments, to renewable energy and cutting-edge technology, the Highlands & Islands is where past, present and future meet, at the interface of the global and local. Specialist optional modules in art, or archaeology, allow students to build a bespoke MA programme which explores both the deep past of this fascinating region, and plays a role in its sustainable, creative future.

This exciting programme 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.

Archaeologists notebook

You will require a 2.2 honours degree in a relevant subject and you will also be required to submit a portfolio with evidence of work and interview.

Students without formal qualifications, but with professional experience, can be accepted upon submission and acceptance of relevant portfolio work and interview.

Check out the UHI website for more information here or drop Dr Antonia Thomas an email at to discuss your options.