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Fine Art Painting and Drawing BA (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    W120

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years full time/
    4 years full time (with foundation)
    4 years part time

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250 Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credits module. Integrated Foundation Year: £6,750

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £12,900 Integrated Foundation Year: £12,900

  • Location:

    Development Hub (Waterside Campus)

Get in touch


For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 894503

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Overview


The structure of Fine Art Painting & Drawing BA (Hons) is designed to introduce students to a wide variety of new ideas, techniques and processes in year one and to offer them a wide-ranging expansion of the possibilities of both painting and drawing.

This specialist Painting & Drawing degree offers the chance for students to focus on painting and drawing in equal measure or as single disciplines. You will be introduced to printmaking which can be used both in combination with painting and drawing or as a single discipline.

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. Take a look at some of our students’ work below:

Updated 09/11/2020

Highlights


    • An exciting, diverse and contemporary approach to painting and drawing based around the development of each student’s individual interests.
    • New studios and a personal studio space for each student.
    • Access to one of the country’s leading printmaking workshops with excellent technical support.
    • Access to specialist digital facilities supporting digital image and time-based imagery. The course also has access to VR technology and digital microscopes.
    • Passionate, enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff with a diverse range of specialisms and subject knowledge.
    • National and international level visiting speakers.
    • Proximity to London, one of the world’s leading centres for art (less than an hour by train).
    • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.
    • HP Laptop and software included with this course. Terms and Conditions apply

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Course Content


  • Year one is exciting, fast moving, experimental and exploratory in nature. At the end of year one students begin to settle into an individual set of concerns, methods and processes as they begin to build a body of personally directed work. In year 2 this personally directed approach is continued where it begins to develop and become more focussed. In year 3, students continue to consolidate, deepen and refine their practice to creating a consistent, high quality body of work which will culminate in a public exhibition. Here is a breakdown of each year:

    Year 1

    Students explore a wide variety of technical and conceptual approaches to painting and drawing. This is supported and underpinned by an engagement with contemporary theory.

    A number of targeted projects introduce key themes and debates in contemporary painting and drawing. The year culminates with a personally directed project.

    The specialist module Introduction to Drawing also introduces a range of approaches to drawing from objective drawing to animation and video, including inductions into adobe photoshop and adobe premiere pro.

    Year 2

    Students now establish, develop and refine their own individual studio practice within a highly supportive environment. This is informed by our specialist theory module Painting in the Expanded Field. Through regular individual tutorials and group crits students continue to develop their own personal painting, drawing or printmaking practice.

    The Professional Studies module promotes external activities and gives our students the ability to engage in external and collaborative projects, helping prepare for future careers.

    Year 3

    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 crits.

    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).

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

      • Module code: ART1012
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to enable students to develop a core set of skills in relation to the visual analysis of images and objects and to explore how artworks acquire meanings within a broader set of contexts. Students will be introduced to a range of theoretical material and will be encouraged to develop effective research and written skills in addition to being able to articulate their ideas verbally.
      • Module code: ART1013
        Status: Compulsory
        This module offers a introduction to studio practice. Students will be introduced to a range of briefs exploring materials practitioners concepts theories and approaches; and is expected to form personal procedures to developing ideas. Students will be assessed by the exhibition of artworks supported by a range of research materials.
      • Module code: ART1015
        Status: Compulsory
        The module introduces students to the discipline of drawing introduced through 2D 3D 4D and XD. Workshops facilitate conventional and expanded drawing approaches. Drawing materials tools processes sketchbook activity artist research and conceptual approaches are engaged with. Work is assessed through a portfolio submission of both guided project based work and a body of work based on the exploration of an individually selected subject matter/topic.
      • Module code: ART1033
        Status: Compulsory
        This module offers a introduction to studio practice. The student will be introduced to a number of different concepts theories and approaches; and is expected to form personal procedures to developing ideas. Students will be assessed by the exhibition of artworks supported by a range of research materials.
      • Module code: ART2017
        Status: Compulsory
        The aim of this 20 credit module is to provide students with a range of tools to inform their working knowledge of the creative and cultural industries. Models the promote the student's own practice within these industries will be provided in order to further enhance professional ambition and communication.
      • Module code: ART2019
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide the theoretical element at level 5 of the BA Hons Painting & Drawing degree. It builds on from the first level 4 module ART1012 Understanding the Visual and prepares students for independent work on ART3016 in level six.
      • Module code: ART2023
        Status: Compulsory
        This module aims to provide Painting and Drawing students with the opportunity to develop and progress practical and conceptual skills. The rationale being that self development time in the studio supported by tutorials will provide students with appropriate time to develop the breadth and depth of their study.
      • Module code: ART2054
        Status: Compulsory
        This module aims to provide Painting Drawing and Printmaking students with the opportunity to develop and progress practical and conceptual skills across the disciplines of painting drawing and printmaking. The rationale being that self development time in the studio and workshop supported by tutorials will provide students with appropriate time to develop the breadth and depth of their study in either an interdisciplinary or specialised way.
      • 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.
  • How is Fine Art Painting and Drawing BA (Hons) taught?

    You will be taught through studio practice tutorials (both one to one and group crits), specialist media workshops, professional study components and a programme of lectures and seminars.

    How will I be assessed?

    Feedback for studio modules is given on an informal basis at regular tutorials while formative (indicative only) assessments are strategically placed within the year to allow time for students to reflect and act on advice. The final (summative) assessments for studio practice come at the end of the year. The final (summative) assessment in year 3 takes the form of a public exhibition of selected works.

    What specialist facilities will I have access to?

    You will have access to one of the country’s leading printmaking workshops with excellent technical support.

    Our new print workshop facilitates silkscreen, photo silkscreen, drypoint, etching, photoetching, paper lithography, collagraph, monoprint, lino cut, wood cut (and digital wood cut using a laser cutter). For more information please click on the link.

    As well as access to specialist digital facilities including new media suite for digital video editing and imaging, VR technology and Digital Microscopes.

    New studio spaces at the Waterside Development Hub including allocated individual studio spaces.

    Brand new Waterside Campus development.

    Will I get the chance to participate in live industry projects?

    We encourage our students to engage in live projects, competitions and exhibitions throughout the course with a number of them achieving success in competitions such as The BP National Portrait Award, The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize and the John Moores Painting Prize. Entry for competitions is actively encouraged in the year 3 module, Professional Practice and Employability. Our students produce amazing quality work and we encourage them to be ambitious with their applications.

  • 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.
    For more 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.

    Integrated Foundation Year 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.
    If you are considering a change in career or if you are returning to education after time away, then we suggest you contact Admissions to book an advisory interview with the course leader so we can explore how best to support your study ambitions.

    English Language Requirements

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

    • Minimum standard – IELT 6.0 (or equivalent)
      for study at undergraduate level.

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

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks page.

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

  • UK & EU

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credits module.
    Foundation: £6,750 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate).

    19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credits module.
    Foundation: £6,600 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate).
    Additional costs

    The cost of materials for studying Fine Art Painting and Drawing is of a highly individual nature depending on the type of work produced. Traditional painting and drawing equipment can be purchased from the University shop, which has a wide range of art materials such as oil paint, charcoal and quality papers. All materials are competitively priced and our shop is run by our Student Union with canvas and paint sourced from the cheapest suppliers of good quality materials. A quantity of acrylic primer is provided free in our specialist canvas preparation area. Many alternative materials can be locally sourced for free and we have excellent industry contacts in the region.

    Costs for study visits vary but are always competitive, UK trips would typically cost £10-50, European trips would typically cost in the region of £250-£450 with a long haul trip such as Hanoi or Calcutta in the region of £800-£900. In some instances students have helped subsidise this further by group fundraising activities.

    International

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,900
    Foundation: £12,900 as part of a four year programme

    19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,500
    Foundation: £9,800 as part of a four year programme

    Additional costs

    The cost of materials for studying Fine Art Painting and Drawing is of a highly individual nature depending on the type of work produced. Traditional painting and drawing equipment can be purchased from the University shop, which has a wide range of art materials such as oil paint, charcoal and quality papers. All materials are competitively priced and our shop is run by our Student Union with canvas and paint sourced from the cheapest suppliers of good quality materials. A quantity of acrylic primer is provided free in our specialist canvas preparation area. Many alternative materials can be locally sourced for free and we have excellent industry contacts in the region.

    Costs for study visits vary but are always competitive, UK trips would typically cost £10-50, European trips would typically cost in the region of £250-£450 with a long haul trip such as Hanoi or Calcutta in the region of £800-£900. In some instances students have helped subsidise this further by group fundraising activities.

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

    Fine Art MA

  • International study trips have included destinations such as Venice Biennale, New York, Berlin, India, Vietnam (international study trips are optional).

    The New York trip along with visits to galleries included studio visits to the internationally acclaimed painters Fabian Marcaccio and Lydia Dona.

    In addition, there may be study trips to London and exhibitions such as the John Moores Painting Prize (Liverpool)

    A trip to the Gagosian gallery (London) included a personal tour and talk about his one person show from the internationally famous painter Glenn Brown (this was exclusively for our students)

    Symposiums

    The Painting & Drawing course has also co-ordinated and hosted International symposiums, including:

    • The Sketchbook Today International Symposium and Exhibition. In collaboration with the Rabley Drawing Centre and in conjunction with the Tate Gallery, London. Students and associated artists work was selected to be headlined on Tate Albums, Tate Gallery website.
    • Painting Drawing and the Digital International Symposium (two-day symposium) in collaboration with the Drawing Center New York, USA.
    • Painting Drawing and the Digital (two-day symposium) in collaboration with the Drawing Centre New York.
  • You will benefit from spacious and well-equipped facilities and links to galleries such as M K Gallery (Milton Keynes) and NN Contemporary Art (Northampton). In addition, Northampton can boast some of the finest visiting speakers including the internationally known artists such as  Marcus Harvey, Simon Callery, Ian Davenport, Mark Francis, Svetlana Fialova (Jerwood prize winner), Richard Patterson, Ian McKeever (RA), Alexis Harding, Ian Hartshorne (Teaching Painting Group), Claude Heath, Michael Craig-Martin. David Batchelor and Mark Wright, Paul Winstanley, Lisa Milroy, Margarita Gluzberg and Brett Littman (former Executive Director of the Drawing Center, New York).

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Careers and Employability


This course will open up a range of career opportunities, including local/regional/national arts organisations, gallery sector (both working in and running galleries), exhibition curating, independent artist/creative practice, (self-employed artist), teaching, lecturing, art therapy, theatre set design, arts and health, film and television, community arts. Also, other associated areas of the cultural industries and other graduate level employment where creative thinking is essential.