About us

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Moray School of Art (MSoA) offers a student centred and studio based experience on a small campus within Moray College UHI in the Cathedral City of Elgin, close to the beautiful Spey valley and within easy reach of an exceptional coastline and the magnificent Cairngorm National Park.

You'll be taught by a highly experienced team of visual practitioners who will support you to explore and experiment with a range of fine art media, such as painting, digital imaging, photography, drawing, sculpture and printmaking. You will also have support from academics who will help you to write about your own practice and the work of other artists.

First year places are limited to 24, keeping class sizes and year groups comparatively small. You will have regular contact with PHD and MA qualified staff and can tap in to their professional knowledge and expertise so that you can develop to your full potential.

Generous studio spaces, specialist workshop equipment and good working relationships with external workshops and agencies mean that you will have all the necessary resources at hand to enable you to develop your creative practice.

With direct entry opportunities in year 2 and 3 the School aims to facilitate the creative self-development of all students. The variety and breadth of work exhibited in our Honours Degree shows each year demonstrates the value we place on the development of the individual learner. A healthy programme of visiting artists and guest exhibitors throughout the year in the B-listed Georgian building’s central gallery space contribute to the vibrancy of the school.

Moray School of Art’s established relationships and links with external agencies’ exhibiting society’s and the four main Scottish Art Schools mean students have access to some fantastic opportunities including study trips, with past students travelling to New York, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Barcelona and London.

Final year MSoA students enjoy access to selection for the prestigious Royal Scottish Academy “New Contemporaries’ annual exhibition in Edinburgh with student work also annually selected for the Society of Scottish Artists, Visual Art Scotland and Street level Photoworks in Glasgow.

Students are encouraged to engage in interdisciplinary ways of working and often work with more than one medium in their practice. Graduates of the school have gone in to the creative workplace, become self-employed, undertaken residencies and post graduate study in a range of locations.

MSoA Alumni are active in Moray, across the Highlands and Islands and into Aberdeenshire the Central Belt and beyond, past students contribute regularly to the local and national visual arts scene. Two new independent studio spaces (MAC3 in Elgin and The Orchard Road Studios in Forres) were created and are ran by MSoA graduates. The Link Studios (WASPS) in Nairn and studios in Findhorn at the The Moray Art Centre are also home to many of our graduates.