BA (Hons)

Fine Art

Summary

The BA (Hons) Fine Art Open degree focuses on the core media within fine arts – Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, and Printmaking. Respecting and acknowledging the historical atelier-based, fine art approach, the course builds on and respects the traditional as well as exploring contemporary approaches in fine art practice.

Degree overview

This distance learning BA (Hons) Fine Art Open degree offers students 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 students’ understanding of fine art and their own work. Our Fine Art degree programme offers an accessible, flexible, and well-supported course of study through which students can develop their creative voice through a range of media whilst developing a specialist understanding of the discipline.

As its Distance Learning arm, all OCA degrees are validated by the University for the Creative Arts (UCA). UCA is the No.1 Specialist University for the Creative Industries in the Complete University Guide and ranked 21st in the UK by the Guardian University League Tables.

Degree aims

  • To develop your theoretical, conceptual and contextual understanding of fine art and contemporary debate in the discipline.
  • To provide an intellectually stimulating programme of study based on high quality study material delivered by experienced artists who are qualified teachers.
  • To encourage a respect for traditional fine art techniques and processes as well as exploring contemporary approaches in fine art practice.
  • To develop your ability to apply your creative skills, knowledge and understanding creatively within a range of contexts.
  • Develop your critical understanding of the theoretical and conceptual issues central to Fine Art and the social, historical and cultural context in which it is practiced.
  • Provide an environment in which you have the possibility of changing your view of the world and your interaction with it both visually and intellectually.
  • Foster high-level ethical and professional standards and an awareness of the possibilities offered by existing and new developments in art and painting to expand your application areas.
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Degree prospectus

Full details of the content of the Fine Art degree programme can be found through the BA (Hons) Fine Art degree handbook, downloadable here.

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 OCA has given me a fulfilling sense of purpose, developed my skills, and enabled me to share experiences with fellow students. I really enjoy the variety of exercises which stimulate my need to experiment and discover new ways of expressing myself artistically.”

 

Roselyne Edwards, Fine Art student

Programme Leader for MA Fine Art, Fine Art and Painting

Caroline Wright

My practice encompasses site responsive visual and performance work using media as diverse as glass and gold. I have made work for cities and rural spaces, community spaces, galleries, theatres, churches, on desolate uninhabited islands and for audiences in the 100s and of one.

Creative careers

The creative sector employs 1.9 million people in the UK alone.

By studying the OCA BA (Hons) Fine Art degree, you can kick-start your career in the creative industries by working part-time or doing an internship whilst gaining your academic qualifications at the same time.

Achieving a degree in Fine Art 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 fine arts, but in a range of industries and sectors. As well as a career as an exhibiting Fine Artist, you will have careers such as teacher, lecturer, curator, gallery manager, art therapist, 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 Fine Art Open degree can lead to, please see the Fine Art section on Prospects.ac.uk.

Careers that a Fine Art degree can lead to include Exhibition designer; Fine artist; FE teacher; HE lecturer; Illustrator; Museum/gallery curator; Printmaker; Secondary school teacher; Art therapist; Arts administrator; Commercial art gallery manager (taken from prospects.ac.uk)

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BA (Hons)

Fine Art

Summary

The BA (Hons) Fine Art Open degree focuses on the core media within fine arts – Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, and Printmaking. Respecting and acknowledging the historical atelier-based, fine art approach, the course builds on and respects the traditional as well as exploring contemporary approaches in fine art practice.

Degree overview

The OCA BA (Hons) Fine Art degree offers students the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of fine art as a creative, technical and intellectual activity. Integration of theory and practice in the course supports critical reflection in accessible ways and widens the cultural, social and political contexts that frame students’ understanding of fine art and their own work. This critical and contextual reflection is evidenced through research and reflective tasks at HE Level 4, critical writing at Level 5 and a body of visual and written research for Level 6.

Degree aims

  • The Fine Art Open degree curriculum focuses on the core media within fine arts – Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, and Printmaking.
  • Provide an intellectually stimulating programme of study based on high quality study material delivered by experienced artists.
  • The course builds on and respects the traditional as well as exploring contemporary approaches in fine art practice.
  • Develop your creative capacities and ability in the interpretation and application of imagery.
  • Develop your critical understanding of the theoretical and conceptual issues central to Fine Art and the social, historical and cultural context in which it is practiced.
  • Provide an environment in which you have the possibility of changing your view of the world and your interaction with it both visually and intellectually.
  • Foster high-level ethical and professional standards and an awareness of the possibilities offered by existing and new developments in art and painting to expand your application areas.

Degree prospectus

Full details of the content of the Fine Art degree, and pathways available can be found through the BA (Hons) Fine Art degree handbook and pathway documents, downloadable here.

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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 OCA I has given me a fulfilling sense of purpose, developed my skills, and enabled me to share experiences with fellow students. I really enjoy the variety of exercises which stimulate my need to experiment and discover new ways of expressing myself artistically.”

 

Roselyne Edwards, Fine Art student

Programme Leader for MA Fine Art, Fine Art and Painting

Caroline Wright

My practice encompasses site responsive visual and performance work using media as diverse as glass and gold. I have made work for cities and rural spaces, community spaces, galleries, theatres, churches, on desolate uninhabited islands and for audiences in the 100s and of one.

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Creative careers

The creative sector employs 1.9 million people in the UK alone.

By studying the OCA BA (Hons) Fine Art 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. By studying the OCA BA (Hons) Fine Art 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 Fine Art 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 fine arts, but in a range of industries and sectors. As well as a career as an exhibiting Fine Artist, you will have careers such as teacher, lecturer, curator, gallery manager, art therapist, 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 Fine Art Open degree can lead to, please see the Fine Art section on Prospects.ac.uk.

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