Painting

BA (Hons)

painting degree
The BA (Hons) Painting course offers you an exciting opportunity to study both the technical and contextual aspects of Drawing and Painting. You will study in our spacious studio environment which offers dedicated drawing and workshop facilities and will develop your own personal language and critical understand of the subject.

Drawing is at the core of this painting course and is embedded within the programme in a variety of ways. You will learn in an environment that encourages personal expression and interpretation as well as collaborative activity. Opportunities to be involved in industry competitions and live projects with ‘real world’ clients will provide you with invaluable practical experience. Throughout the course, you will be able to study and develop your full creative potential, both critically and practically.

The Painting course achieved 100% student satisfaction rate in 2017 for the third year in succession
National Student Survey

This course has one study option
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
4 years
Year 1

Year 1 is about challenging your understanding of skills and exploring how and in which ways your skills can be applied. Studio projects focus on the core activities of research and idea development and act as an introduction to both the technical and conceptual aspects of the visual language of Painting.

Year 2

This year you are assigned an academic / personal tutor who will support and challenge you on a one to one basis. You will undertake a sequence of projects that continue to develop your understanding of the methods and procedures essential to the study of Painting.

Year 3

Projects become more self-directed and engaged with external contexts in Year 3. In Semester 1 you will undertake intensive and wide-ranging research to develop your conceptual thinking. 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

Projects become more self-directed and engaged with external contexts in Year 3. In Semester 1 you will undertake intensive and wide-ranging research to develop your conceptual thinking. 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.

 

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. 

Detailed module information

Teaching on this course is delivered on a one to one basis by subject specific staff and personal tutors in a conducive and spacious studio environment. From Year 2, you will be allocated your own dedicated studio space to work from for the duration of the course.

There are numerous opportunities to develop your skills and knowledge through a weekly drawing programme, attending a series of guest talks or external events, and working on industry-linked projects.

Throughout the course, you will be able to experience a professional approach to presenting and exhibiting work, most notably by organising the annual painting interim exhibition in Edinburgh in Year 4.

Activity Summary
  • Lectures - 23 students per group, 1 hour per semester
  • Tutorial - 1 student per group, 4 hours per semester
  • Crits - 23 students per group, 7 hours per semester
Independent Study

Independent study is a fundamental aspect of Year 4 and will make the majority of your study time. Support is still provided, in the form of tutorials, seminars and lectures, but the frequency of contact is reduced, in keeping with your journey to becoming an independent learner.

Staff Delivering on This Course

This course is staffed by academics with expert knowledge within Painting and Drawing. Many staff members have worked as freelance consultants or have set up their own studio practices therefore have individual interests and concerns in their own practices that offer differences within a context of communality and shared values.

Expert practitioners in the field contribute to the course as Professional Associates and through the Guest@Grays lecture programme, which invites national and international artists and designers to speak about their work.

Assessment

Typically students are assessed each year:

Year 1

  • 1 written assignment, including essays
  • 3 portfolio assessments

Year 2

  • 1 written assignment, including essays
  • 2 portfolio assessments

Year 3

  • 2 written assignments, including essays
  • 3 portfolio assessments

Year 4

  • 1 dissertation
  • 1 portfolio assessment
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.

DISABILITY & DYSLEXIA CENTRE

ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

CampusMoodle

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

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library

Study Abroad

In Year 3, Semester 2, there is the opportunity to undertake a period of international study exchange with our partner colleges across Europe, Canada and the US.

STUDY ABROAD

Job Prospects

Upon graduation you will have acquired a wide range of transferable skills that will equip you for employment in a diverse range of careers within the creative and cultural industries, as well as other fields of employment where creative thinkers are highly valued.

Our Painting graduates have been highly successful in achieving a diverse range of national awards, from a BAFTA (for a music video) to established Scholarships from the Royal Scottish Academy, The Carnegie Trust and The Cross Trust. Many go on to study at prestigious postgraduate schools, including the Slade and the Royal College of Art or sustain individual studio practices and are actively exhibiting, curating and furthering their careers as professional artists.

There is also the option of extending your academic experience through postgraduate study at Gray’s School of Art.

CAREERS

ENTRY TO YEAR 1

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 e.g. History).

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).

All applicants with the appropriate qualifications (or due to sit appropriate qualifications) will be invited to attend a portfolio review/interview and participate in a selection process.

ENTRY TO YEAR 2

Suitable qualifications for entry to Year 2 (or above) may include relevant GCE A Levels, HNC/HND or Diploma in Foundation Studies (e.g. Art & Design, Design & Media, Fashion Design, Textile Design).

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

IB Diploma: 27 to include Higher Level Visual Arts and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English)

All advanced entry applicants with the appropriate qualifications (or due to sit appropriate qualifications) and who successfully meet the criteria will be invited to attend an ‘advanced’ portfolio review/interview and participate in a selection process.

APPLICANTS FROM PARTNER COLLEGES

A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 2 or 3, subject to successfully meeting the partner course criteria.  

All advanced entry applicants with the appropriate qualifications (or due to sit appropriate qualifications) and who successfully meet the criteria will be invited to attend an ‘advanced’ portfolio review/interview and participate in a selection process.

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ALTERNATIVE QUALIFICATIONS

Those who may not hold the standard qualifications listed are encouraged to apply if they can evidence other appropriate/relevant creative work, qualifications and/or life experiences. Such candidates are advised to contact the Student Admissions Service for further advice and guidance.

A portfolio review/interview is still a requirement for this category of candidate.

Interview/Portfolio Review

Suitable applicants will be invited to attend the School with their portfolio for an informal review/discussion with academic staff. This allows you to meet staff, see the teaching environment and allows the School to explore our ambitions whilst reviewing your work. We will discuss your folio work and specific interests within art and design, as well as your aspirations. It will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions.

 

International Students

The International College at Robert Gordon University offers first year degree entry into Art and Design courses at Robert Gordon University for International Students.

ICRGU INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

English Language Requirements

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

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

PRE-SESSIONAL ENGLISH PROGRAMME AT RGU

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact admissions@rgu.ac.uk for further information.

 
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 2019/2020

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,730 per academic year
Additional Costs

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

  • The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
  • Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
  • Accommodation and living costs
  • Printing
  • Studio Fund - Year 1 £100, Year 2 £160. There is no studio fund in Years 3 and 4, as the costs attached to these years will vary from student to student and will very much depend on the nature of your individual practice.

OTHER FEES AND CHARGES

Student Funding

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

Students Awards Agency for Scotland - SAAS

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

Student Finance England

Student Finance Wales

Student Finance NI

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award

Scholarships and Financial Awards

Disclaimer

For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see

STUDENT FINANCE

Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

+44 (0) 1224 262728

I chose Painting at RGU because of the facilities on offer at Gray’s, the studio spaces are extremely generous for a British Art School and the tutors are passionate about their work. You’ll face praise and criticism from tutors and peers, and it’s being able to work with this, and engage in challenging discussions that moves your practice forward.
JACK DUNNETT | BA (HONS) PAINTING STUDENT 2017

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We’ve got a few options for applying to our undergraduate courses for UK, EU and international applicants.


Applicants for first year entry will apply to other universities as well as to RGU through a single online Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application.


Applicants from non-EU countries can apply direct to the University with our PDF form.


RGU accepts applications through the Common Application for those liable to pay international tuition fees.