Fine Art Painting and Drawing (Top-Up) BA (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code


  • Level


  • Duration

    Full Time: 1 year

  • Starting


  • Fees UK 24/25

    Full Time: £9,250

  • Fees International 24/25

    Full Time: £16,500

  • Location

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries
+44 (0)1604 893981


Our Fine Art Painting and Drawing (Top-Up) BA (Hons) course offers you the chance to study and explore contemporary approaches to painting and drawing in a lively and intellectually challenging atmosphere providing a breadth and depth of experience which is not possible on a multi-disciplinary fine art course. This specialist Painting and Drawing degree offers the chance for students to focus on painting and drawing in equal measure or as single disciplines. You will also be introduced to printmaking which can be used both in combination with painting and drawing or as a single discipline. The structure of this Painting & Drawing course is designed to introduce students to a wide variety of new ideas, techniques and processes and to offer them a wide-ranging expansion of the possibilities of both painting and drawing.

Updated 19/03/2024


  • The practice-based studio art module, which is core of the years’ experience, culminates with a large public exhibition.
  • Access high-quality workshops, including our amazing print workshop and our specialist canvas priming and stretcher making facility

Course Content

  • The Fine Art Painting and Drawing (Top-Up) BA (Hons) year comprises three modules: the theory module, a career-development module, and the practice based studio art module which is core of the years’ experience. This module culminates with a large public exhibition.

    Students continue to consolidate, deepen and refine their own personal visual and theoretical position, culminating in a high-quality public exhibition at the end of the year. This is supported by regular individual tutorials and group class. Alongside practical work students undertake a critical study, which includes a dissertation option along with a number of other approaches.

    The Critical Study module has the flexibility for our students to target the specific area of interest to them, either academically or in terms of employability.

    The Professional Practice and Employability module continues on from the stage 2 Professional Studies module. Again, the various choices mean our students can select the option, which is of greatest interest and use to them individually (either academically or in terms of employability).

    Study Trips and Degree Show exhibition

    Each year we programme study visits to a wide range of locations. Recent visits have included London galleries, Venice Biennale, New York and Berlin.

    In addition to this, your year will conclude with the public exhibition of your artwork – the Degree Show – our showcase of your work for visiting curators, gallerists and the public.

    To see our students’ work, please visit our Instagram page: paintingdrawing.uon

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 23/24. The modules relating to the academic year 24/25 will be available from June 2024.

      • Module code: ART3018
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to enable students to develop a sustained, independent investigation and analysis of a specific topic within the field of Fine Art. It will require the demonstration of advanced personal and independent scholarship skills on a topic selected and approved through consultation with staff. To this end, the module will provide the opportunity for students to negotiate the form the outcome will take.
      • Module code: ART3019
        Status: Compulsory
        The aim of this module is to provide students with a range of skills and strategies to prepare both their artwork and themselves for the external world. This will include developing the ability to professionally present artwork and manage the many other facets of exhibiting and making both artworks and ideas visible and available to a wider audience. They should build their working knowledge of the creative and cultural industries established at level 5 in Professional Studies.
      • Module code: ART4014
        Status: Compulsory
        This module consolidates creative and theoretical interests through a body of work and exhibition informed by contemporary painting and drawing practice. It makes complex demands on the student in the production and dissemination/exhibition of artefacts intended for intellectual and aesthetic consideration.
  • Standard entry requirements apply. Applicants are expected to have studied a Fine Art or related Art and Design subject at Foundation Degree/HND or equivalent.

    We welcome international applications and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.

    Applicants are requested to send a digital portfolio of their own work in Art and Design and attend a 30-minute online interview with a member of the team.

    Receiving an offer may also be subject to qualifications and standard entry requirements.

    For more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level.

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

  • 2024/25 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 24/25 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • International – Full Time: £16,500
    2023/24 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • International – Full Time: £15,500


    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

    For more information about possible funding options, please visit our Fees and Funding pages.


Stefan Gant, Senior Lecturer in Drawing and Digital Practice
Stefan Gant

Senior Lecturer in Drawing and Digital Practice

Fine Art Painting and Drawing (Top-Up) BA (Hons)

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Daniel Hays

Associate Lecturer (Fine Art)

Fine Art Painting and Drawing (Top-Up) BA (Hons)


Careers and Employability

Our recent graduates have progressed into a range of careers in the arts sector, for example:

  • Professional artist
  • Art Therapist
  • Set Designer
  • Arts Management
  • Art Teacher
  • Arts Technician
Master’s Opportunities

Our Fine Art master’s courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on master’s fees to give yourself a CV that will catch the eye of employers.


Specialist Facilities include:

  • Painting studios with permanent individual spaces
  • Printmaking workshop
  • Specialist canvas stretching and preparation room/facilities
  • Mac Suite

Onsite printmaking workshop

Our onsite printmaking workshop can enhance the creative practices of students on a variety of courses