Experience a discrete four-year specialist Painting course offering a unique opportunity to study both the technical and contextual aspects of Drawing and Painting.

You will acquire a wide range of transferable skills to equip you for a diverse range of careers within the creative and cultural industries, and other fields of employment where creative thinkers are highly valued.

Our course offers you a challenging opportunity to study Drawing and Painting in our spacious studio environment offering dedicated drawing and workshop facilities and fully equipped with everything you need to develop your skill. The space offers an informed context that allows for the development of a personal visual language, as well as a fuller and more critical understanding of the subject. 

Award

BA (Hons)

UCAS Code

W120

Course Dates

September

Course Length

4 years

Mode of Attendance

Full-time

Academic School

Gray's School of Art

Overview

Year 1

Challenging your understanding of skills, this year will explore how and in which ways your skills can be applied. Studio projects in Semester 1 focus on the core activities of research and idea development. Semester 2 sees you apply your learning to two Studio Projects. These projects act as an introduction to both the technical and conceptual aspects of the visual language of Painting.

Year 2

You are allocated your own specific studio space and assigned an academic / personal tutor who will provide support and challenge you on a ‘one to one’ basis.

You will undertake a sequence of projects that introduce you to the visual language of Drawing and Painting. These equip you with a variety of methods and procedures essential to the study of Painting. There is a weekly drawing programme and a series of illustrated talks.

Year 3

Projects become more self-directed and engaged with external contexts. In Semester 1 you will undertake intensive and wide-ranging research. The development of conceptual thinking as an individual is an important aspect of this process.

In Semester 2 you have the opportunity to develop and apply your research towards a resolved body of work in readiness for self-directed study in Year 4.

Year 4

This year places the emphasis on self-directed learning. You provide a proposal for study and a structure for a study programme. This culminates in the submission and presentation of a body of work for the Degree Show assessment and exhibition.

There will be opportunities prior to the Degree Show to experience a professional approach to presenting and exhibiting work, most notably the annual pre-degree exhibition in Edinburgh.


Modules

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Full-time

Year 1 -- Semester 1
  • Drawing & Visualisation 1
  • Creative Principles & Methods
  • Contextual And Critical Studies 1
    Semester 2
  • Drawing & Visualisation 1
  • Core Fine Art Studies
  • Contextual And Critical Studies 1
    Year 2 -- Semester 1
  • Contextual & Critical Studies - Fine Art Contexts
  • How Painting Works: the Grammar of Painting & Drawing
    Semester 2
  • Contextual & Critical Studies - Fine Art Contexts
  • Developing a Painting Practice
    Year 3 -- Semester 1
  • Contextual & Critical Studies - Exploring Critical Themes
  • Painting in the Expanded Field: Research & Development
  • Semester 2
    Route A - Standard
  • Contextual & Critical Studies - Research & Enquiry
  • Ideas Into Practice: Development and Resolution
  • Professional Skills: Disseminating Practice
    Route B - Exchange
  • International Study: Fine Art
    Year 4 -- Semester 1
  • Contextual And Critical Studies - Dissertation
  • Towards Professional Practice
    Semester 2
  • Contextual And Critical Studies - Dissertation
  • Towards Professional Practice
  • Teaching is delivered on a one to one basis by subject specific staff and personal tutors in a conducive and spacious studio environment.

    Taught Drawing is at the core of the Painting course and is imbedded in the first three years of the programme.

    The course offers an informed context that allows for the development of a personal visual language, as well as a fuller and more critical understanding of the subject.

    Assessment takes place twice a year by portfolio submission, immediately followed by oral feedback.

    Written feedback is provided to you within 20 working days from the assessment.

    Year 4 activity summary

    Lectures

    • Approximately 23 students per group
    • One hour per week (guest speakers)

    Seminars/Crits

    • Approximately 23 students per group
    • Full day Group Crits one day per semester with two staff members

    Tutorials

    • One to one
    • Four x one hour per semester

    Independent study summary

    Independent learning in Year 4 is a fundamental aspect of the course.

    You will determine and direct your own practice culminating in a substantial body of work that will be exhibited at the Degree Show.

    Staff delivering this course

    The Painting course is staffed by academics with expert knowledge within all areas of the subject. All staff teach across the four years of the course and have an intimate knowledge of the demands of each year group. The staff have individual interests and concerns in their own practices that offer differences within a context of communality and shared values.

    Specific practitioners in the field contribute to the student experience through the Guest@Grays programme. Access is available to workshops and technicians in all areas of the school.

    The course also works closely with the University’s Library, Study Skills and Careers staff.

    Facilities

    • Printmaking Workshop
    • Painting Studios
    • Drawing Workshop
    • University Library
    • Georgina Scott Sutherland  Learning Centre
    • Specialist Mac Suite
    • Student Support Services 

    How you are assessed

    Typically students are assessed each semester:

    • One Dissertation
    • One Portfolio

    Feedback

    We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

    Academic Support

    The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

    Study Skills Support

    The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

    • Academic writing
    • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
    • Maths and statistics
    • English language
    • Information technology support

    More on Study Support

    SQA Higher: BBC to include Art / Design and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English).

    GCE A Level: BC to include Art / Design and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English).

    Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H3H3H3 to include Art and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English).

    IB Diploma: 24 to include Higher Level Visual Arts and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English).

    Alternative Qualifications: Those who may not hold the standard qualifications, are encouraged to apply if they can evidence other appropriate life and work experiences. Such candidates are advised to contact the University during open days or the Visit Afternoons for further advice and guidance. A folio of work is still a requirement for this type of candidate.

    Applicants from Partner Colleges: A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 3, subject to meeting conditions criteria and successfully passing the selection. Find out more about Degree Link.

    Advanced Entry: Suitable qualifications for entry to Year 2 or above may include a relevant HND or Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design, Design & Media). All advanced entry applications with the appropriate qualifications will be invited to attend an interview. Download a copy of our portfolio guidance

    Non Standard Entry: Those who may not hold the standard qualifications, are encouraged to apply if they can evidence other appropriate life and work experiences. Such candidates are advised to contact the University during Open Days or the Visit Afternoons for further advice and guidance. A folio of work is still a requirement for this type of candidate.

    International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

    English Language

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

    We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

    English Language requirements

    * All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

    The Painting department actively engages with the thriving business community in Aberdeen and has collaborated with a number of companies on a variety of projects. In the past, these have included commissions, exhibitions and support for placements and scholarships.

    Placement Office

    If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

    Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

    For Academic Year 2018/2019

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,360 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2017/2018

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,000 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2016/2017

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £11,500 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2014/2015

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £11,500 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2013/2014

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £10,000 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2012/2013

    Scottish/EU Students

    Full-time

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    Full-time

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £9,367 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2011/2012

    UK/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    International Students

    • £9300 per academic year

    Disclaimer

    Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

    For further information see Student Finance pages

     

    Home, EU and Rest of UK applicants to Robert Gordon University must apply online:

    Apply online via UCAS

    It is important that you keep track of your application process using the UCAS website, as it will update you on whether you have been offered a place from the University. It is also where you should respond to offers and receive confirmation of your place within your chosen course, rather than contacting the institution in the first instance.

    International fee paying students have the option of applying either via UCAS or direct using our application form.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions

    The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

    Our Painting graduates will have acquired a wide range of transferable skills that equip them appropriately for employment in a diverse range of careers within the Creative and Cultural Industries.

    Many sustain individual studio practices, determining their own directions and are actively exhibiting, curating and furthering their careers as professional artists.

    Some go on to extend their academic experience though postgraduate study; our students have been successful in securing places on a range of prestigious postgraduate courses.

     The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

    Other Fees and Charges

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