Study a Drawing degree with OCA

Bring a willingness to learn and an ambitious curiosity and we will support and challenge you to discover the many worlds drawing inhabits and to develop a personally rewarding creative response. The course provides you with practical knowledge of methods and materials across a wide range of drawing contexts, including drawing as sculpture, narrative drawing, drawing as performance and drawing from observation and invention.

You’ll be encouraged to question and experiment with your ideas of what drawing can be, using research, peer collaboration and creation, deepening your understanding to develop an ambitious personal practice.

The drawing department at OCA is very open to wherever each student journey may lead. We are proud that the diversity of our student body correlates to a diversity of approaches to drawing.

Discover your creative potential with a BA (Hons) Drawing Degree today.

Course Structure

The Drawing degree is split into eight units; three at Level One (HE4), two at Level Two (HE5), and three at Level Three (HE6). There are some core units that all students take, many more optional units, and some prerequisites for units at higher levels.

As a flexible degree, students complete the programme in three to nine years, so this can fit in with everything else life has going on.

Core Units

At level 1 (HE4) there are two mandatory units for students to complete – Drawing 1: Drawing Skills and Drawing 1: Exploring Drawing Media.

Drawing Skills is the base unit developing fundamental skills used throughout your degree; drawing from observation using line and tone and understanding form, perspective, proportion, and more.

Exploring Drawing Media unpacks the potential of drawing through a variety of experimental and traditional approaches. The course encourages experimental use of collage, and drawing in 3D, with a focus on process over product.

At Level 2 (HE5) there are two mandatory units; Drawing 2: Investigating Drawing and Drawing 2: Personal Approach to Drawing.

Level 2 (HE5) builds on the core skills developed at HE4 and gives you a chance to build a more significant personal relationship with your art-making practice. You’ll also develop a deeper engagement with the contexts within which you are making work both within the arts and beyond. A shared structure of course units at Level 3 (HE6) provides a framework for you to undertake a self-directed artmaking project (Drawing 3: Body of Work) supported by written and visual research through Contextual Studies. Your studies will culminate in an exhibition which showcases your achievements and passions (Drawing 3: Sustaining your Practice).

Optional Units

Alongside the core units at Level 1 (HE4) students can choose an additional unit to study. This can be practical: Painting, Printmaking, or Sculpture or theoretical: Understanding Visual Culture or Creative Arts Today.

Whichever option you choose, you can adapt and design your degree to your liking, and take options that will enhance and improve your drawing practice.

Drawing Degree Pathway

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Foundations

£900

Per course

Level 1 (HE4)

£4,050

For the level

Level 2 (HE5)

£3,340

For the level

Level 3 (HE6)

£3,340

For the level

Breakdown of costs...

Level 1 (HE4)

£1,350

Per course unit (4o credits)

All of the OCA’s Level 1 (HE4) course units are worth 40 credits each. If you’re studying towards an Open degree, you’ll need three Level 1 (HE4) course units to gain the necessarry 120 credits to move on to Level 2 (HE5).

Level 2 (HE5)

£1,670

Per course unit (6o credits)

All of the OCA’s Level 2 (HE5) course units are worth 60 credits each. If you’re studying towards an Open degree, you’ll need two Level 2 (HE5) course units to gain the necessarry 120 credits to move on to Level 3 (HE6).

Level 3 (HE6)

£3,340

For the level

OCA’s Level 3 (HE6) course units hold differing amounts of credits depending upon the given Open degree pathway, and therefore are varied in cost. For individual pricing, please see the individual course unit pages on this website.

Foundations

£1,050

Per course

Level 1 (HE4)

£4,500

For the level

Level 2 (HE5)

£3,690

For the level

Level 3 (HE6)

£3,690

For the level

Breakdown of costs...

Level 1 (HE4)

£1,500

Per course unit (40 credits)

All of the OCA’s Level 1 (HE4) course units are worth 40 credits each. If you’re studying towards a degree, you’ll need three Level 1 (HE4) course units to gain the necessary 120 credits to move on to Level 2 (HE5).

Level 2 (HE5)

£1,845

Per course unit (60 credits)

All of the OCA’s Level 2 (HE5) course units are worth 60 credits each. If you’re studying towards a degree, you’ll need two Level 2 (HE5) course units to gain the necessary 120 credits to move on to Level 3 (HE6).

Level 3 (HE6)

£3,690

For the level

OCA’s Level 3 (HE6) course units hold differing amounts of credits depending upon the given degree pathway, and therefore are varied in cost. For individual pricing, please see the individual course unit pages on this website.

More Information

  • OCA degrees are paid for on a unit-by-unit basis and are around a third of the cost of a degree at a campus university. Unit costs depend on the level of the unit, and also where you live, in the UK or rest of the world.

    If you started studying with OCA before 01 August 2017, please contact accounts@oca.ac.uk as different fees may apply.

    If you are funding your course yourself you can either pay for units in full or you can spread the cost by taking advantage of our deposit and instalment facility for which a £50 fee is included in the deposit you pay.

    All OCA courses are listed with Student Finance England, Wales, and Northern Ireland allowing eligible students to apply for a Student Loan to cover the cost of fees. You may also be able to apply for a maintenance loan and/or Disabled Students Allowance to assist you with the cost of study.

    We’ve made this helpful guide to take you through the application process, making applying for Student Finance simple and straightforward.

    Download the Student Finance guide

    The OCA Learner Support Scheme can provide partial bursaries towards course fees for students who are not eligible for funding via Student Finance, based on financial hardship.

    Other sources of funding may include employer contributions, Enhanced Learning Credits (for Armed Forces Serving Personnel and Service Leavers) and Prisoner Education Trust.

    As a student with OCA, most reading materials can be accessed through the digital library services and eBooks, or sent to you in the post.

    Other costs you may find on your degree include purchasing materials/books/texts to assist in your practice and research. These can be around £500-700 at Levels 1 and 2, and £800-1000 at Level 3. Work is largely submitted to tutors and for assessment via email, however postal costs would be expected at £40 per assessment for sending materials depending on quantity and weight of materials. Rates for overseas students will be higher.

  • Drawing is an open access degree; this means that there are no formal qualifications or experience required to join the course. All you need is a passion for the arts, and willingness to learn.

    All OCA courses require students to be IT literate, have a good internet connection, and have a good standard of English equivalent to CEFR B2. Further details on the entry requirements can be found in the Student Regulations.

  • Upon completing the BA (Hons) Drawing degree, you’ll be set with skills to help you navigate the workplace. You could use your practice as a professional artist, illustrator, fine artist, the choice is yours. Prospects can help you with a variety of options of where you degree could take you.

    While you are pursuing your dream of being a professional artist, you can find a range of options to support your art. You could use your creative and research skills to work in visual communications, marketing, and many more roles.

    In 2017 the Department for Culture, Media, & Sport estimated there were some 3.12 million jobs in the UK creative economy, and 80,000 new jobs were created in 2017 alone. The creative industries are growing faster than any other sector in the UK.

    Creativity is a sought after skills in today’s job market. Learning this as part of this degree will set you apart from the rest of the pack.

To Join

Join our BA (Hons) Drawing learners today and enhance your profession!

Simply fill out the form below to apply for this degree. If you have any questions about the application process, please don’t hesitate to contact our team!