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.

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

What is an online drawing degree?


There are many online courses to help you learn to draw, but an online degree helps you to take your drawing practice further. At OCA, we provide a full BA (Hons) degree in a distance learning environment, allowing you to start when best suits you, spread your studies over a longer term, and learn from home, all while receiving support from your OCA tutors and the wider student community.

During the degree pathway, 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.

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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 up 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).

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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.

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Programme Specification 2022/23New Curriculum

This Programme Specification is for all units on the new curriculum.

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Programme Specification 2022/23 Running Out Curriculum

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Programme Specification 2023/24 New Curriculum

This Programme Specification is for all units on the new curriculum.

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Programme Specification 2023/24 Running Out Curriculum

This Programme Specification details the units and learning outcomes that are being taught out.

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Drawing Accessibility Statements

Accessibility statements give an indication of the type and format of content, teaching, and learning activities on the course, and how these are ordinarily delivered.

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Foundations

£935

Per course

Level 1 (HE4)

£4,500

For the level

Level 2 (HE5)

£4,500

For the level

Level 3 (HE6)

£4,500

For the level

Total approximate undergraduate fees

Breakdown of costs...

Level 1 (HE4)

£1,500

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 necessary 120 credits to move on to Level 2 (HE5).

Deposit is £465 followed by 7 monthly instalments of £155.

Level 2 (HE5)

£2,250

Per course unit (6o credits)

Some 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).

Deposit is £595 followed by 11 monthly instalments of £155.

Level 3 (HE6)

£4,500

For the level

OCA’s Level 3 (HE6) course units hold differing amounts of credits depending upon the given Open degree pathway.

Foundations

£1,075

Per course

Level 1 (HE4)

£5,160

For the level

Level 2 (HE5)

£5,160

For the level

Level 3 (HE6)

£5,160

For the level

Total approximate undergraduate fees

Breakdown of costs...

Level 1 (HE4)

£1,560

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).

Deposit is £580 followed by 7 monthly instalments of £170.

Level 2 (HE5)

£2,580

Per course unit (60 credits)

Some 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).

Deposit is £760 followed by 11 monthly instalments of £170.

 

Level 3 (HE6)

£5,160

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
  • With the OCA, you can study a BA (Hons) degree in our flexible online learning model at approximately one third the cost of a degree at a traditional physical university.

    Students study and pay for the course on a unit-by-unit basis, so you only pay for the course as you enrol to each unit.

    This course is eligible for a part-time tuition fee loan from Student Finance England, Wales and Northern Ireland, or you can self-fund the course and break down costs even further through the deposit and instalment option.  Find out more about your funding options here

  • You will require regular use of a computer or laptop and internet access. Most essential reading materials can be accessed through the digital library services and eBooks.

    Students are responsible for sourcing and, where necessary, purchasing any additional software and resources specified. These can be around £400 at Level 1, £500 at Level 2, and £550 at Level 3. Where possible, open or freeware equivalents will be discussed alongside industry standard options.

    You may be eligible for any student discounts on computer equipment and software by using your student email, and you can find out more information about student discounts here.

  • 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.

    You can review the study requirements here so you’re prepared for online study at higher education. All OCA courses require students to be IT literate, have a good internet connection, and have a good standard of English.

  • We accept enrolment for our BA (HONS) courses all year round, so you can start at a time that suits you. You don’t need to wait for a specific intake month, simply complete the online enrolment form and indicate your preferred start date.

    When applying for a Student Finance tuition fee loan, this may take 4- 6 weeks to process, so select a start date reflective of this. If you are also applying for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and would like this support to be in place before beginning your course, please allow 14 weeks from when you begin your application to your start date.

  • Our part-time degree courses are completed on average between 6 and 9 years. The degree is structured into three levels (instead of three years) so you’re able manage study around other commitments.

    Once enrolled, you’ll have a maximum of 12 years to complete your degree course. There are unit and level timeframes within the overall degree time frame, and you’ll need a minimum of 10 study hours per week to keep on track. To find out more about course duration and managing your time, click here.

  • Your course materials are accessible online through the virtual learning environment, OCA Learn, where you’ll also have access to student forums, a subject space, the student handbook and the online library. You’ll work primarily from a set text of course materials and resources, but can also sign up to webinars, workshops and study groups in addition to your core learning.

    Once you’ve completed the required assignments within a course unit and received tutor feedback, you’ll submit a portfolio of work to an assessment event. This gives you the opportunity to develop your work before you have it formally assessed to achieve credits towards your degree.

  • 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 May 2022 the Department for Culture, Media, & Sport estimated there were some 2.3 million jobs in the UK creative industries, and post pandemic the Creative Industries are growing faster than the UK economy as a whole.

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

  • The Academic Regulatory Framework (ARF) regulations are applicable to all taught courses offered by the Open College of the Arts
    (OCA), and leading to an undergraduate award of the University for the Creative Arts (UCA).

    You can review the ARF through the link below:

    Academic Regulatory Framework

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