Study a BA (Hons) Fine Art degree with OCA

Materials and making lie at the heart of BA (Hons) Fine Art. Respecting and acknowledging historical fine art practice, the course builds on and respects the traditional as well as exploring contemporary approaches and realisation of work in 2D, 3D and 4D.

Our distance learning BA (Hons) Fine Art degree offers you the opportunity to obtain knowledge and understanding of fine art as a creative, technical and intellectual activity. Integration of theory and practice throughout the programme promotes critical reflection in accessible ways and widens the cultural, social and political contexts that frame your understanding of fine art and your own work.

Practice, experiment and develop your creative voice through the exploration of different media. The distance learning fine arts course offers additional optional opportunities for group work including Music and Fine Art collaborative projects.

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What is a BA (Hons) Fine Art course?

OCA’s BA (Hons) Fine Arts degree is a distance learning fine arts course that explores both theory and practice in a way that expands students’ knowledge and technical skills. If you’re fascinated by art and want to learn more about the variety of creative methods used by artists, develop your own method, and grow as a creative – then this course would be perfect for you. Our BA (Hons) Fine Art degree is open to anyone who wants to learn and develop, regardless of previous qualifications or experience.

The course is a full undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree ideal for students who either wish to pursue a professional career in art or simply wish to expand their skills and knowledge for personal growth and development. Distance learning fine arts courses are a fantastic way of balancing your studies with the rest of your life – whether its work or childcare – and offer you the flexibility to study at a pace that suits you best.

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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 up to 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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Fine Art Degree Pathway

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Programme Specification 2022/23 New Curriculum

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Programme Specification 2023/24 New Curriculum

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Fine Art Accessibility Statements

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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.

  • 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. You can review the study requirements here so you’re prepared for online study at higher education.

  • 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 to 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) 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 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.

  • 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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