BA (Hons) Painting

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Studying a Painting degree with the OCA

With our open learning approach, the OCA’s Painting degree provides a real alternative to traditional campus based learning. Our inspiring course materials enable you to work at your own pace, in your own time, and whenever you choose to study. We have a thriving community of students all following their passion and achieving at the highest levels, supported by tutors who are experienced teachers and practising artists. As you work towards your degree, your work will be assessed against a set of criteria by our accrediting university the UCA, one of Europe’s largest specialist universities for art, design, architecture, media and communication. This enables you to gain HE credits towards your degree and is based on an examination of your course portfolio rather than a formal exam. Click here to find out more about studying with the OCA.

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All of our degrees are accredited by the University for the Creative Arts – one of the UK’s leading specialist universities.

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The aims of the painting degree are to:

  • Widen access to education in painting at undergraduate level through Open and Flexible Learning.
  • Ensure you gain the traditional skills associated with drawing and painting to form a solid foundation for further development.
  • Provide an intellectually stimulating programme of study based on high quality study material delivered by experienced artists.
  • Develop your creative capacities and ability in the interpretation and application of imagery.
  • Develop your critical understanding of the theoretical and conceptual issues central to the practice of painting and the social, historical and cultural context in which it is practiced.
  • Provide an environment in which you have the possibility of changing your view of the world and your interaction with it both visually and intellectually.
  • Foster high-level ethical and professional standards and an awareness of the possibilities offered by existing and new developments in art and painting to expand your application areas

What is Painting?

That the nature of painting is subject of continual debate will be confronted throughout the painting degree programme. While the programme asserts the importance of the development of traditional technical skills in drawing and painting as the basis for your enquiry and practice, that development process may result in your work growing in either traditional or more conceptual terms and you will be encouraged to pursue the route you desire.

As you progress through the levels, you gain a broad knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of Art and knowledge of emerging aspects of the discipline and those at the forefront of debate. The degree includes options in drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. You will have gained the ability to communicate information and justify your work, and be a resourceful and independent learner. You will have a breadth of creativity and inventiveness, as well as a range of artistic techniques. You will be able to articulate and comment upon underpinning art theory and concepts through writing and speech.

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The Painting degree

The BA (Hons) in Painting is for those who wish to focus on drawing and painting to become reflective artists with the skills necessary to effectively develop a personal artistic vision or voice. A range of options at Level 1 (HE4) also provides the opportunity to explore another visual art discipline to enrich and broaden your skills including sculpture and printmaking.

Degree Programme Enquiry Form

Please fill in this form to begin the process of enrolling on one of OCA’s undergraduate BA (Hons) degree programmes. You are not committing to anything by filling in this form, and a member of the Head Office team will be in touch shortly to further discuss your application.