Art and Contemporary Practices BA (Hons)

UCAS code W190

What is special about this course?

This honours degree gives you the opportunity to acquire skills and develop your individual creative identity within the emerging practices of contemporary art.

Working through a range of practical projects you will gain valuable experience of many of the professional contexts in which artists work such as: collaborative projects, participatory art, community art, digital art, relational practices, curation, art and education and public art.

The course will equip you with the creative integrity to enable you to operate collaboratively and demonstrate the value you can add to contemporary art practices that impact upon society.

Special features

  • Emphasis is on each individual student interpreting and contextualising theory, creative and technical skills to produce effective art that engages within the art world and wider community and context of contemporary art
  • Your studio practice, work placements and collaborative projects will give you the opportunity to define your own creative identity and explore the evolving opportunities for art and creativity within the full context of contemporary art, health, recreation and education
  • There will be opportunities for national and international trips to enhance your experience

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • Entry to year 1, HNC, is 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above OR
  • 1 A level at grade D or above
  • Alternatively, NC Art and Design OR
  • Foundation Apprenticeship Creative and Digital Media
  • We will consider individual competence in art, design or lens based skills evidenced by a portfolio of your work and you may be required to attend an interview
  • Advanced entry to year 2 may be possible with the HNC Contemporary Art Practice, with a B or above in the Graded Unit, or equivalent
  • Entry to year 3 may be possible with the HND Contemporary Art Practice, including a Graded Unit result of B or above, or equivalent
  • In order to undertake required modules in year three, successful applicants will be required to complete a PVG Disclosure Check and become PVG Scheme Members 

Access routes

  • To year 1: NC Art and Design

Year 3 - BA

Cor modules are::

  • Practical skills
  • Collaborative project
  • Theories, practice and protocols of working in the public realm
  • Research project

All modules run in both the first and second semesters.

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Core modules are:

  • Major research project
  • Professional profile
  • Major final project

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as lockdown measures shift over the next few months and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will be delivered online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities and practical sessions will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing. We hope to have some practical sessions in semester one, however the majority are likely to be in semester two (from January 2021), where this is not possible alternative options will be available.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures, practical sessions, and online study via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time:  4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time: 8 years @ 20 hours per week

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI
  • Perth College UHI

Start date

  • September

Fees

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:

YearLevel2020-21 Full-time2020-21 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £1,285 £86 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £1,285 £86 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)
YearLevel2019-20 Full-time2019-20 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £1,285 £86 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £1,285 £86 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term-time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

YearLevel2020-21 Full-time2020-21 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £6,720 £448 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £6,720 £448 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours free £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
YearLevel2019-20 Full-time2019-20 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £6,720 £448 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £6,720 £448 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours free £1,500 (per 20 credit module)

4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

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 while 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:

YearLevel2020-21 Full-time2020-21 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £7,020 £468 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £7,020 £468 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £12,000 £2,000 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £12,000 £2,000 (per 20 credit module)
YearLevel2019-20 Full-time2019-20 Part-time***
Year 1 HNC £6,855 £457 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £6,855 £457 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £11,650 £1,940 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £11,650 £1,940 (per 20 credit module)

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK

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.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

Additional Costs

You will be required to provide your own materials for projects. This could be in the region of £300 per year. If there are travel or other expenses incurred on placements, you will also bear the costs for these.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion you may be able to undertake careers as a practicing artist, in community arts, workshop artist, public art, participatory art, art in health, art in education, participatory art, collaborative practice, and curating.

Can I progress into further study?

You may be able to progress from the BA (Hons) Fine Art to our MA Art and Social Practice. 

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

During my third year placement at the Dundee Contemporary Art Centre print studio I learned a variety of printing techniques. I also helped Tayside Health Trust deliver an animation course to individuals suffering from brain trauma. What an amazing experience to be able to apply my learning to the public.

Matthew Taylor is studying in his fourth year of the BA (Hons) Contemporary Art and Contextualised Practice at our Perth College UHI campus.

I’m a regional art and wellbeing tutor for the Workers Educational Association as well as a project facilitator for The Life Changes Trust and Highlife Highland where I facilitate development and learning strategies for projects. I have worked as an assistant
editor for Art North Magazine and wrote a column called Wayfinding for them. Additionally, I do public speaking and some public engagement for Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, Highlife Highland as well as the university. I really enjoy my work!
 
Lar MacGregor graduated with a first class honours degree from the  BA (Hons) Contemporary Art and Contextualised Practice

This degree concentrates on art in the public
sphere and how to practice as an artist in the real world, not just focusing on art alone. I was extremely lucky to be able to organise a placement with one of my favourite artists, Michael Forbes. It gave me such confidence and developed my understanding of what it takes to be an artist.

I would never have thought I would have had a solo show and be exhibiting internationally before I had even completed the course.

Leah Davis is in her fourth year of the BA (Hons) Contemporary Art and Contextualised Practice at our Inverness College UHI campus

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