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Painting Courses - The Open College of the Arts | Distance Learning Degrees and Courses

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Degree and foundation-level distance learning painting courses with OCA

The thrill of painting for our students is the personal relationship that each artist builds with painting media, material and technique.

Paint can create new spaces making it ripe for invention and critical and visual entanglements. There are as many types of paintings as there are painters, and through OCA painting courses you’ll learn from other artists as you develop as a practising creative.

Join us on a journey to discover the practice of painting and learn what kind of painter you are. A focused study into the discipline of painting can be found within our BA (Hons) Painting degree programme.

What are UK online painting courses?

Online painting courses offer you the opportunity to undertake a formal painting qualification remotely. This will allow you to pursue your painting studies while you continue with any personal or professional responsibilities you already have.

Painting courses like these give you all the information you need to develop your skills and understanding with a range of painting media. They can be taken from anywhere around the globe, offering both domestic and international students the opportunity to study a UK online painting course.

Enrol onto an OCA painting degree

We believe anyone with a passion for the arts should be able to participate in one of our painting courses.

Delivered by a wonderful team of field experts, our UK online painting courses are open access – this means that anyone can apply to enrol regardless of previous qualifications or experience.

We offer both an open foundation degree in painting for anyone just starting out in their academic painting journey, as well as a bachelor’s degree in painting. The discipline can also be incorporated into one of our other related degrees – Fine Art, Drawing, or Creative Arts.

BA (Hons) Painting

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Or you can study painting alongside other complementary practices in several other degree programmes.

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BA (Hons) Fine Art

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BA (Hons) Drawing

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BA (Hons) Creative Arts

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If you’re taking up the brush for the first time, or it’s been a while, why not take a look at our Foundations in Painting. Or maybe you’d like to bolster your drawing ability and confidence before starting on the degree programme, in which case, take a look at our Foundations in Drawing.

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