Painting courses

OCA offers a painting degree, and you can develop your skills as a painter alongside another subject within the Creative Arts degree. You can also study individual painting courses for personal development, without studying for any degree.


Level 1 (HE4)

Level 2 (HE5)

Level 3 (HE6)

Whichever approach to study you choose – either for a degree or for personal development – you are strongly encouraged to start with the course Drawing Skills as this will lay the foundations for successful study of painting.

There are a number of painting courses available, starting with The Practice of Painting which takes your basic knowledge and experience of painting, through a series of projects to develop your own visual ideas and means of expression. Along the way you will be introduced to some major artists and art movements.

The level two courses, Exploring Concepts and Mixed Media, provide a conceptual framework for your practice, and during these courses you will work through a range of projects and approaches via historic and contemporary exemplars. Courses at level two encourage you to find different and more ambitious ways of working to pursue an individual and inventive art practice. This involves a combination of practical, visual and written work; testing ideas through making and writing in your learning log and essay.

At level three there are three interlinked painting courses: Contextual Studies, Major Project and Professional Practice. These courses strengthen the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired in previous courses and represent an opportunity to synthesise theory and practice through self-initiated research and practice projects. These level three painting courses expect a high degree of self-motivation and autonomy to produce a collection of ambitious paintings (in scale, material, method and concept) which are experimental, accomplished and contemporary. You will also be introduced to the realities of professional art practice today.