Study a Fine Art degree with OCA

From Van Gogh to Banksy, art is all around us and comes in a range of mediums. So let us ask you, who’s your favourite artist and why?

Our BA (Hons) Fine Art degree will challenge you to experiment and produce an array of creative, innovative work that reflects your individual identity. Throughout the course you’ll develop the skills necessary from both theoretical and practical units to master creative thinking that will be truly reflected by the unique voice portrayed through your work.

Contemporary studio practice is at the heart of the OCA experience and will equip you for the diverse contexts of fine art. Studying on the BA (Hons) Fine Art course will allow you to develop the media of your choice, for example time-based media, performance, and 2D and 3D production.

Henri Matisse once said creativity takes courage so if you’re ready to take the next step to becoming a professional artist, we’ll be waiting for you!

 

Course Structure

The Fine Art degree is split into eight units; three at Level 1 (HE4), two at Level 2 (HE5), and three at Level 3 (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, you can complete the programme in 3–9 years, with a maximum of four years to complete each level of the course.

Core Units

At Level 1 (HE4) you’ll complete one mandatory unit – Understanding Visual Culture. This unit guides you through core theories in visual arts heightening your critical research and reflective writing skills alongside making work in the studio, allowing you to investigate, identify and apply your findings to your own work and the work of others.

A shared structure of course units at Level 3 (HE6) provides a framework for you to contextualise your practice, develop a specialist understanding of Fine Art, synthesise critical ideas and visual work through a body of written and visual research (Fine Art 3: Contextual Studies), and undertake a self-directed major project (Fine Art 3: Major Project) culminating in an exhibition (Fine Art 3: Sustaining your Practice).

Optional Units

Alongside the core unit at Level 1 (HE4) you can choose two additional units to study from the following: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture or Printmaking.

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

Your choices at Level 1 will inform your pathway at Level 2 (HE5) where you’ll study two course units from the following: Exploring Media, Understanding Visual Culture II, Studio Practice, Painting, Drawing, Sculpture and Printmaking.

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Foundations

£875

Per course

Level 1 (HE4)

£3,945

For the level

Level 2 (HE5)

£3,260

For the level

Level 3 (HE6)

£3,260

For the level

Breakdown of costs...

Level 1 (HE4)

£1,315

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)

£1,630

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)

£3,260

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

£1020

Per course

Level 1 (HE4)

£4,380

For the level

Level 2 (HE5)

£3,600

For the level

Level 3 (HE6)

£3,600

For the level

Breakdown of costs...

Level 1 (HE4)

£1,460

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)

£1,800

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)

£3,600

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 whether 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 £150-400 at Levels 1 and 2, and from £350 at Level 3. Students are also encouraged to attend exhibitions and costs may vary. Work is largely submitted to tutors and for assessment via email, however postal costs are expected to be around £40 per assessment for sending materials depending on quantity and weight of materials. Rates for overseas students will be higher.

  • Fine Art 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) Fine Art degree, you’ll be set with skills to help you navigate the workplace. You could use your practice as a professional artist, illustrator or fine artist – the choice is yours. Prospects can help you with a variety of options of where your degree could take you.

    While you’re pursuing your dream of being a professional artist, you can find a range of job opportunities to support your art:

    – Professional practice, exhibiting

    – Gallery and museum education

    • Visual Communications and research
    • Marketing, Advertising, media
    • Transferable skills such as planning and management, presentation skills.

    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.

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