The Open College of the Arts is the distance learning college of the University for the Creative Arts – one of the UK’s leading specialist art and design universities.
The BA (Hons) Drawing degree gives students the unique opportunity to study drawing as a distinctive creative practice. Drawing has taken a significant role within today’s contemporary arts environment and therefore provides students with a platform for studying and engaging with drawing as the central part of their creative practice.
Through studying the OCA BA (Hons) Drawing degree, you will be introduced to drawing in its purest form as well as providing a context for studying drawing through the exploration of its history, meaning and traditional and contemporary use in today’s creative world. You will be encouraged to use drawing as a means of developing your creative thinking as well as learning through experimentation. Critical and theoretical issues that contextualise drawing in the contemporary world will be explored through the courses alongside guidance at all stages through tutor feedback.
- To ensure students gain the technical skills in drawing to form a solid foundation for further development.
- To provide an intellectually stimulating programme of study based on high quality study material and tutor support.
- To develop students’ creative capacities and their ability in interpretation and application.
- To develop students’ critical understanding of the theoretical and conceptual issues central to the practice of drawing and the social, historical and cultural context in which it is practised.
- To provide an environment in which the student has the possibility of changing their view of the world and their interaction with it both artistically and intellectually.
- To foster high level ethical and professional standards and an awareness of the possibilities offered by existing and new developments in areas of the creative arts to expand their application areas.
- To develop autonomous learners capable of applying intellectual and practical skills in a chosen area of contemporary drawing activity appropriate to employment, further study or life-long learning.
“I chose the OCA because it looked flexible, more reasonably priced than conventional university based degree courses and to be honest. less threatening. At my age, I didn’t want to feel intimidated by confident young people, when I was just starting out on my degree journey. Also it helps me carry on my normal working and family life so that the art fits around it.”
Catherine Levey, Drawing student
Programme Leader for Creative Arts and Drawing
My role as Programme Leader for Drawing has allowed me to shape a new BA (Hons) Degree that considers the importance of drawing within a contemporary context. It’s exciting to see students develop their creative voices using drawing as a tool for investigation, invention, communication and experimentation. Prior to joining the OCA I have been a tutor and assessor at Byam Shaw School of Art in London and have also been a technical assistant to a number of leading artists including Sir Anthony Caro.
In my creative practice I use drawing as a tool for investigating surface structures and inventing ways to consider drawing within both a physical and digital context. My 'matter-drawings' become a stratification of history, picturing the future of the world as artefact. I’m interested in making a rubbing, an indelible impression extrapolated from the world and regurgitated as a drawing artefact frozen in time.
The creative sector employs 1.9 million people in the UK alone.
By studying the OCA BA (Hons) Drawing degree, you can kick-start your career in the creative industries by working part-time or doing an internship whilst gain ing your academic qualifications at the same time.
Achieving a degree in Drawing prepares you for a career in a variety of fields. Through the broad practical and theoretical skills you will have acquired during your studies, you will be highly employable not just for a career specifically in the fields of art and design, but in a range of industries and sectors. As well as a career as an exhibiting Fine Artist or Illustrator, you will have careers such as teacher, lecturer, art therapist, illustrator, curator, art editor or art consultant, amongst many more, open to you.
Due to the OCA’s emphasis on practical work, you will have a substantial portfolio of work to take with you to potential employers, and if you opt to use a blog to document your learning journey throughout your studies, you will already have a rich online presence which can be a useful asset in promoting your future work to the world. For more information on the careers your OCA BA (Hons) Drawing degree can lead to, please see the Fine Art section on Prospects.ac.uk.More on careersEnquire