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Fine Art Painting and Drawing BA (Hons)

This specialist course gives you the chance to explore contemporary approaches to painting and drawing as well as a range of other disciplines. You will build your confidence with painting and drawing, informed by historical and contemporary references, cultural and social contexts and the professional requirements you will need to meet when you graduate. We encourage you to engage in live projects, competitions and exhibitions throughout the course.

Throughout this course, your ideas will be nurtured and developed by a close relationship with our team of specialists, visiting artists and other students. You will graduate with a unique balance of critical, practical and creative skills. This course will give you the opportunity to explore the practices of painting and drawing in depth, developing an awareness of historical precedent and contemporary issues, which would not be available to you in a multi-disciplinary art course. You will be taught through studio practice, specialist media workshops, professional study components and a programme of lectures and seminars. The course in its entirety will give you an informed and critical understanding of contemporary practices and debates.

Above all, the course encourages you to develop a creative and critical intelligence capable of integrating innovative thinking with practical ability. You will benefit from spacious and well-equipped facilities and links to the Milton Keynes Gallery, NN Contemporary Art (Northampton), Corby Cube Gallery and Rugby Museum and Art Gallery. There are also trips involved in the course, which have included France, Italy, Spain, India and the USA. All of our staff are practicing artists who publish and exhibit nationally and internationally. We have regular visits from innovative arts organisations such as Artangel and internationally renowned artists including Richard Long, Ian Davenport, Mark Francis, Jenny Saville, Marcus Harvey, Dan Hays, Michael Landy, Richard Deacon, Ian McKeever and Richard Wilson.

Career opportunities

Graduates can find careers in arts organisation, gallery management, exhibition curating, photography, journalism, teaching, art therapy, theatre, film and television or other roles that value creative thinking. You can also continue into postgraduate study or embark upon independent creative practice.

Work experience

In your second year, the Professional Studies module will include the opportunity for a work experience placement. You could work as a gallery intern, artist’s assistant, art educator or curatorial assistant to name a few. You could also incorporate this experience with your Major Critical Study in the final year.


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Students go on to work or further study within six months following the course*
*KIS 2016
Student satisfaction with teaching**
**National Student Survey 2016
W120 (W121 with Foundation Framework)
BA/Paint or BA/FAPFY with Foundation Framework
St George's Avenue
Three years full-time, part-time study possible over five years. Four years full-time with Foundation Framework.

Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A-Level or DMM at BTEC. In addition,we expect applicants to have studied art or a relevant subject at A-Level, BTEC or equivalent. We also accept Foundation Diplomas in Art and Design.

Applicants are interviewed and are requested to provide a portfolio of their own work in art and design. International students may submit their portfolio electronically. Students with a relevant HND or foundation degree with a suitable profile of achievement may be admitted onto year two or three.

Foundation Study Framework entry requirements:

Admission to this foundation programme is normally DEE at A-Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.

For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.