Study a Painting degree with OCA

Centered around the many practices of painting, our BA (Hons) Painting degree will develop core skills, methods, and approaches to help you explore painting as an essentially materially based process. In exploring the works of other artists you will unpick themes and ideas to apply to your own work.

You will challenge the boundaries of ‘painting’ as a concept through a variety of assignments exploring colour, fluidity, space, and site. Each assignment will help you shape and evolve your own practice. Your studies will be guided by a specialist tutor, a practicing artist in their own right. They will introduce you to, and encourage you to, explore new themes and ideas to inform your thinking.

Our group work and virtual learning environment create space for a diverse, collaborative conversation with peers and tutors. These online painting courses are designed to support, challenge and enrich your studies.

Studying Painting

With an infinite capacity for invention and infinitely mutable, painting is remade by every painter so the future of painting relies utterly on the diversity of painters.

This course is highly student centred with lots of scope for personal choice and designed with a commitment to enabling sustainable onward creative lives.

The vibrant and multifaceted college community meet up via the OCA’s virtual learning environment  and are represented by regional groups across the UK, Europe and beyond.

You can connect in ways that work for you; from visiting galleries together to following a thread in a discussion. A series of personal tutors throughout your degree will nurture and respect your ambitions and help you get to grips with degree level study.

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Course Structure

As of September 2021, the BA Hons Creative Arts course will deliver 3x 40 credit units in each Level of the course.*

Level 1

As an open access course, many students will be beginning, with no experience whatsoever, when many others will have been painting for some time before deciding to embark on a degree. The core of this initial stage is the acquisition of skills, with courses designed to allow for the wide variety of ability that characterises the student body. The focus is on your own learning and you will be supported by your tutor understand the nature of the pathway you have embarked on and to develop a toolkit to equip you to unlock the potency of your creativity.

Level 2

Students will be exposed to a wide range of contexts and debates around painting; historical, socio political, psychological, philosophical, formal and material. You will be encouraged to be bold and if necessary irreverent as you remake painting on your own terms within these wider contexts.

Level 3

An intense period of making and researching from a personally designed brief to develop a sustainable and meaningful art practice. Each student is given one to one support from a team of tutors selected in conversation with the programme leader to ensure a good fit for your ambitions. An outward looking period considering curation, audience and a community of practice leads to a real world degree show or other appropriate public iteration of your emerging practice.

*For current students enrolled to a Level of this degree prior to September 2021, existing units across all levels will remain available as ‘teach out’ units to ensure no students are disadvantaged due to the changes. Once enrolled to a new level, students will follow the new degree pathway.

Programme Specification 2022/23 New Curriculum

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

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Programme Specification 2022/23 Running Out Curriculum

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

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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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Painting 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)

£1,360

Per course unit (4o credits)

All of the OCA’s Level 2 (HE5) units are worth 40 credits each on the new curriculum pathway. If you’re enrolling after 01 August 2022 and studying towards an Open degree, you’ll need three Level 2 (HE5) course units to gain the necessary 120 credits to move on to Level 3 (HE6).

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

Level 2 (HE5)

£1,500

Per course unit (60 credits)

On the teach out pathway (not available for new students), Level 2 is split into two 60 credit units. Both 60 credit units are needed to achieve the 120 credits necessary at this stage to progress to Level 3 (HE6).

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

Level 3 (HE6)

£1,500

Per course units (40 credits)

All of the OCA’s Level 3 (HE6) units are worth 40 credits each on the new curriculum pathway. If you’re enrolling after 01 August 2022 and studying towards an Open degree, you’ll need three Level 3 (HE6) course units to gain the necessary 120 credits to achieve a BA (Hons) qualification.

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

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 £560 followed by 7 monthly instalments of £150.

Level 2 (HE5)

£1,560

Per course unit (40 credits)

All of the OCA’s Level 2 (HE5) course units are worth 40 credits each. If you’re studying towards a degree, you’ll need three Level 2 (HE5) course units to gain the necessary 120 credits to move on to Level 3 (HE6).

Deposit is £560 followed by 7 monthly instalments of £150.

Level 3 (HE6)

£4,680

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. Two 40 credit units are studied concurrently and the deposit for these two units is £1,120 followed by 11 monthly instalments of £300.

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.

  • Painting 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 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 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) Painting degree, you’ll be set with skills to help you navigate the workplace. You could use your practice as a professional artist, illustrator, environment designer, character painter or art-worker, the possibilities are endless. Prospects can help you with a variety of options of where your degree could take you.

    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 skill 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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