London Metropolitan University

Course Introduction

**Why study this course?**

This degree provides an ideal opportunity to nurture your love of painting. You’ll study both abstract and figurative painting traditions during practical workshops with demonstrations by painters, technicians and conservators. With access to both life drawing classes and workshops, you’ll produce work in a range of mediums and develop a strong understanding of how painting crosses other media.

Taught by painters who have exhibited internationally, you’ll also visit artist studios in London, painting shows across England and learn to understand exactly how drawing is fundamental to any painting practice.

London Met was ranked 4th in the UK for fine art and photography by the Guardian university league table.

**More about this course**

You’ll explore oils, acrylics, watercolours and spray paint, and investigate how different paints are made. You’ll examine how contemporary painters use long-standing traditions in mark-making, processes and techniques, and consider colour theory as used in painting now and in the past.

In the first year, you’ll spend your time among other painting students learning how to propose and develop your own painting projects. In the final two years you’ll develop your skills in a themed painting studio taught only by painters, where you'll have your own work space to experiment, develop your ideas and show and talk about your work. These studios are chosen at the beginning of your second and third year.

Uniquely, this painting degree offers a professional practice strand, which allows you to learn how professional painters make a living while developing a work-related learning placement during the summer break in your second year. This means you’ll graduate well-equipped to make your way as a painter. All painting students at London Met are taught how to self-organise in the art world, giving you the knowledge to market, frame, photograph, pack and hang paintings professionally. Throughout the course your paintings are tested in display and in group critiques, and you’ll end the final year by exhibiting a series of your paintings as well as publishing an exhibition catalogue with your peers.

You’re taught by a very special group of painting tutors including Andrea Medjesi-Jones, Michael Stubbs and Camilla Wilson. Each one of them is an experienced and innovative art academic with an international reputation and an excellent record in exhibiting.

Course Modules

Example Year 1 modules include:

Critical & Contextual Studies 1 (Art)

Project Work 1

Techniques: Fine Art

Visual Intelligence

Example Year 2 modules include:

Critical & Contextual Studies 2 (Art)

Methods and Enquiry 1

Professional Practice 1: Fine Art

Project Work 2

Example Year 3 modules include:

Critical & Contextual Studies 3: Dissertation (Art)

Major Project

Methods and Enquiry 2

Professional Practice 2: Painting

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Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 European Fees
6 years
Part Time Day
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £2,310 Home Fees
6 years
Part Time Day
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £2,310 European Fees