BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting

University of the Arts London
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
25 September 2023
University of the Arts London

About this program

BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting

BA Fine Art Painting offers you the opportunity and resources to develop your own practice as an artist.

Our studios are a site of production and community. They are spaces where discussion and exchange shape the work students make.

How will you learn?

  • Through seminars, reading groups, interactive lectures, peer learning, group tutorials, student-led projects, workshops and technical teaching
  • By going on off-site visits and college trips outside London. These have included Amsterdam, Margate, New York and Rotterdam
  • You will have access to a specialist-painting technician. This will give you technical support and material knowledge
  • Through diverse forms of teaching to suit a range of practices and groups
  • By engaging with spaces off-site where art gets made and exhibited
  • Through a program of panel discussions, artists' talks and screenings
  • Via painting pathway initiatives such as artists in residence
  • Via our yearly research theme - currently 'Painting as technology'.
  • By using the shared workshops. These include woodwork, print, photographic and audio-visual workshops. There is also a painting methods and materials area.

Admission requirements

All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:

  • IELTS level 6.0 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking

For more information please visit the university website.

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Program content

  • Painting processes evolving from hand-driven, mechanical and digital modes of making
  • Drawing as analytical thinking
  • A problem-solving approach to making work
  • Ways to imagine painting as a model for expansive fields and extending the discipline
  • To find your own voice as an artist informed by critical enquiry
  • How to engage and share the studio as a site of enquiry
  • To work on your own and in collaboration with others
  • How to work within a professional landscape of contemporary practice
  • To take ownership of your own learning and practice

For more information please visit the institute website.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • Tuition fees for Home students are £9,250*
  • Tuition fees for International students are £23,610*

*This fee is correct for 2022/23 entry and is subject to change for 2023/24 entry. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students.

Continuing studies

This course prepares you for progression into a range of careers such as a practicing artist, arts manager, art writer, curator, gallery educator, teacher, arts educator and technician.

Recent painting graduates have successfully progressed to postgraduate study, as well as exhibiting in the Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition and The Saatchi Channel 4 New Sensations exhibition that included 5 Wimbledon painting alumni, out of a total of its' 20 exhibitors. Past and present students have also used the course placement to establish studio employment links with a variety of artists.

For more information please visit the institute website.

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University of the Arts London

University of the Arts London (UAL) is ranked 2nd in the world for Art and Design according to the 2022 QS World University Rankings®, for the fourth year in a row. It has an international reputation in art, design, communication,...

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Why study at University of the Arts London

With multiple sites across London, UAL offers endless opportunities to draw inspiration from this global creative hub.

  • UAL has a track record for launching and furthering careers across the creative industries and beyond.
  • Graduates are frequently shortlisted for national and global awards ranging from the Turner Prize to the Oscars.
  • UAL is home to more than 2,400 postgraduate students.
  • The university offers a wide range of theoretical and practice-based research programmes leading to a PhD or MPhil.
  • UAL is ranked among the UK’s top research universities, with 83% of research conducted by UAL students and staff graded as world-leading.
  • UAL has a diverse student community, with students drawn from over 130 countries across the globe.
  • Students are encouraged to draw inspiration from London’s world-famous art galleries, museums and theatres.
  • UAL’s dedicated support service offers useful advice for international students including guidance on funding, visa applications and accommodation.

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University of the Arts London

272 High Holborn
WC1V 7EY London
United Kingdom

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