Study a Drawing from the Past Foundation course with OCA

This foundation course is designed to provide students with a new way of looking at and thinking about works of art and art history.

The foundation places the experience of making at the heart of research activity. We intend to encourage you to use drawing as a way of understanding artworks and the ideas that led to them.

The research and making strategies you will discover in the art history course should help you build a first-hand, personal relationship with works of art and give you some understanding of what the artists who made them were thinking. These strategies should allow you to discover and generate knowledge on your terms.

The foundation encourages active looking at works of art by making drawings, tracings, maps and diagrams – you will be invited to slow down and look carefully at artworks, and to experience what it means to develop an understanding of the world and art through looking and making. This history of drawing course is designed to be an entry point for studying art history, drawing, painting and fine art.

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Drawing and art history courses online from OCA

OCA’s practical online art history courses help you explore the past through drawing. Our foundation-level history of drawing course is open access which means that you don’t need to have completed a previous art history course in order to apply.

Our distance learning history of drawing foundation course gives you the opportunity to study in a way that suits you. Balance your personal and professional responsibilities with your studies while you pursue your art history course with OCA.

Course Aims

The course aims to:

  • Introduce you to art historical themes for interpretation.
  • Teach drawing methods for interpreting artworks.
  • Introduce you to methods for art historical research.
  • Reflect on the engagement between making and historical context.

Course Outcomes

Through the course, you will:

  • Understand key art historical themes, and how to apply them practically.
  • Apply methods for drawing acquired from looking at artworks.
  • Demonstrate skills in researching art history.
  • Demonstrate reflective writing skills.
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Foundations

£1075

Per course

Stage 1 (HE4)

£6,186

For the stage

Stage 2 (HE5)

£6,186

For the stage

Stage 3 (HE6)

£6,186

For the stage

Total approximate undergraduate fees

Breakdown of costs...

Foundations

£1,235

Per course

Stage 1 (HE4)

£7,086

For the stage

Stage 2 (HE5)

£7,086

For the stage

Stage 3 (HE6)

£7,086

For the stage

Total approximate undergraduate fees

Breakdown of costs...

Fees, Funding and other costs

Foundation courses are ineligible for Student Finance funding, but we have deposit and instalment options available to help spread the costs.

There are also bursaries available for students on low incomes. See our fees and funding page for more info.

Other costs you may find during your foundation course include the purchase of materials/books/texts to assist in your practice and research. These can be around £150-400 for fine art subjects. Students are also encouraged to attend exhibitions and costs may vary.

Fees, Funding and other fees

Drawing Foundation

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BA Drawing

Looking for degree-level study? Explore our BA Drawing qualification.

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