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College’s fine art course

A piece of work by Anna Clark that formed part of Orkney College UHI's 2015 degree show.

SHETLANDERS are being offered the chance to study fine art at degree level in the isles for the first time.

Shetland College UHI will launch the BA course in September this year to support students in their quest to become professional artists.

Those on the course will specialise in traditional or new media in areas such as painting, drawing, lens based media, printmaking and sculptural studies.

The four-year degree will complement the college’s existing BA contemporary textiles course.

The course will be taught in Shetland, with students able to access the University of the Highlands and Islands’ wider fine art teaching resources, with video conferencing expected.

Students will also receive lectures from visiting speakers as well as getting the chance to travel off Shetland for field trips.

The degree is suitable for people studying advanced higher art in school, as well as those with the NC Art and Design qualification and mature students with relevant experience.

UHI’s fine art site leader Roxane Permar said the course will allow Shetland students to study art at a “higher level” than ever before.

“I am sure it will contribute very positively to the future development of visual arts here,” she added.