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Location Painting

Short Course - Foundation & Intermediate
Location Painting | Foundation & Intermediate

This course is designed to develop drawing and painting skills through location and studio based set projects.

You will learn how to gather small scale research drawings, colour studies and primary source material on location to develop personalised painting projects.

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date

Term One:
To be confirmed
Term Two:
To be confirmed

Course Length

40 hours (16 weeks)
1.30pm - 4.00pm

You will experience working directly from the environment to translate outcomes into resolved painting compositions/finalised painting outcomes in the studio.

You will develop your paint application, tonal appreciation and colour mixing techniques. Tuition on water and oil based mediums will be included.

You will be encouraged to develop three painting compositions during the course investigating landscape, seascape or cityscape possibilities.

Please note: you will be drawing and painting on location in the local area as well as on the RGU campus in the studio.



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

Learning Methods

Three location trips are scheduled during the course in Aberdeen City and Shire. Locations will be confirmed as part of the course induction.

Methods of delivery include: class talks, demonstrations, individual/group discussion, en plein air and studio-based practice.

You will be taught by specialist staff who will offer practical advice and instruction together with personal encouragement in discovering individual creative skills.

You will receive general instruction and one-to-one tuition tailored to suit your personal level of experience and ability.    

A complete health and safety induction will take place on commencement of the course.


This course is not formally assessed. 


Academic Support

Students are encouraged to inform us at the time of enrolment of information relating to a disability, medical condition or specific learning difficulty.

The Inclusion 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 with profound physical or sensory disabilities 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, maths and statistics, English language and information technology.


This course is recommended for complete beginners or more experienced painting students wishing to develop location painting.

Required Age

All students are required to be at least 16 years of age on the commencement of course excluding the Young Artist programmes.

  • Course fee: £345

Materials & Equipment

You will require a camera (or good quality phone camera) to collect research material on location. You must provide your own drawing and painting materials. 

This course will be predominately based on the RGU campus with two projects. However, you are required to provide your own transport and should expect to travel to locations in Aberdeen City and Shire. 

Studio equipment: easels, trestles, and drawing-boards will be provided.

A drawing board, portable easel, folding stool will be provided for the three location trips.

Students must provide their own drawing and painting materials. Details on the materials required for your course:

ID Cards

Students enrolled on a 40/60 hour Short Course are eligible for student discounted rates around the city and at our Gray’s Art Shop. Find out more:  


Parking restrictions and payment apply at the Bennachie Visitor Centre. The cost of this will be around £6.

Due to the exceptional demand for permits from current staff and students, we are unable to issue any on campus temporary permits to Short Course students for Wednesday afternoon classes.

Gray's Art Shop

Located within the Gray’s building, the Art Shop stocks a wide range of specialist materials, papers and equipment for all kinds of creative ventures. Open to all, both student and non-student, with very competitive prices, the staff are on hand and happy to help. Open between 9am-3.30pm Monday to Friday and a selection of dates over each term to accommodate the Short Course students.

Staff appreciate many Short Course students are busy through the day, so they are happy to take phone orders that can be collected from reception at a later/more convenient time for students.


A refund is only applicable where there has been illness with a medical certificate to support it.


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:


Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Gray's Short Course Team and we'll do our best to help.

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Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

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