From September 2017 all four years of the BA Fine Art are being delivered at Lews Castle College UHI, Taigh Chearsabhagh campus in Lochmaddy, North Uist.
The provision of opportunities to study art on Uist has evolved over 20 years, instigated by local demand.
Buoyed by this enthusiasm for learning opportunities, the National Certificate and the first two years of the BA course were established.
A strong and committed cohort of current students have successfully driven UHI approval for Lews Castle College to deliver the full BA course.
Students on the course are delighted with the news.
Holly Moffat-Hardy said: “To put it very simply; I love it. Utilising local knowledge and integrating with such an artistic community, despite the small size, has huge benefits…there is something incredibly unique about having the opportunity to study here, that can really only be understood and enjoyed by those who get the chance to do so.”
Uist-based BA Fine Art students have gone on to complete BA and MA level study with institutions such as Glasgow School of Art, Edinburgh School of Art and Chelsea School of Art in London.
Uist-based Fine Art graduates, including Fiona MacIsaac and Anne Corrance Monk, have been selected for the Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporaries Awards.
The location of Lews Castle College’s teaching studios for the BA and NC courses within Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Art Centre provides a perfect community of practice for students, with a programme of international visiting exhibitions, artist talks, films and workshops, alongside local heritage, Gaelic cultural resources, expertise and language provision.
Arts Education training, film and video editing training, invigilation opportunities and other professional practice experience is provided to UHI students by the arts centre and it has proved an invaluable resource, hosting graduate shows and a film residency for Uist-based students. Taigh Chearsabhagh is the only Scottish arts centre to host a BA Fine Art.