The University of Northampton
Fine Art Painting & Drawing BA (Hons)
The University of Northampton

Key Course Facts


Salary of Graduates in Creative Arts and Design

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Art at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £20000 £19500 £22000
25-75 percentile range £14500 - £22000 £15000 - £23500 £17000 - £28000

Salary of all UK Graduates of Creative Arts and Design

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £18000 £16221 £19536
25-75 percentile range £15000 - £22000 £11190 - £21313 £13583 - £25698

Course Description

Why choose this course?

Study and explore contemporary approaches to painting and drawing in a lively and intellectually challenging atmosphere providing a breadth and depth of experience which is not possible on a multi-disciplinary fine art course.

This specialist Painting & Drawing degree offers the chance for students to focus on painting and drawing in equal measure or as single disciplines. You will also be introduced to printmaking which can be used both in combination with painting and drawing or as a single discipline.

The structure of Fine Art Painting & Drawing BA (Hons) is designed to introduce students to a wide variety of new ideas, techniques and processes and to offer them a wide-ranging expansion of the possibilities of both painting and drawing. Other highlights include:

  • New studios and a personal studio space for each student.

  • Access to one of the country’s leading printmaking workshops with excellent technical support.

  • Access to specialist digital facilities supporting digital image and time-based imagery. The course also has access to VR technology and digital microscopes.

  • Passionate, enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff with a diverse range of specialisms and subject knowledge.

  • National and international level visiting speakers.

  • Proximity to London, one of the world’s leading centres for art (less than an hour by train).

By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:

  • You will experience student life at the University’s £330 million Waterside Campus. Come along to an Open Day and find out more.

  • Students enrolling on this course at Northampton will be provided with their own brand new laptop* to keep at no additional cost. All sports clubs and societies are free to join at Northampton and every essential course text book is available via the library, meaning you won’t have to purchase copies. For more information on this visit our website (

  • Based on the evidence available, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Panel judged that the University of Northampton delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

  • Our expert academics teach in small groups supported with one to one assistance. Our academics and students form a tight bond, providing individualised support and guidance whilst challenging students academically.

  • We invest more money into your education than 90% of Universities in the UK**

  • Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd.

The Northampton Employment Promise

  • In fact, we’re so confident in our careers and employability support that if you achieve at least a 2:2 degree and complete either our Employability Plus Gold programme or achieve a Changemaker Gold Certificate during your time studying with us, but still haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating, we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you or support you into postgraduate study.

All study trips subject to national and local Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions. See our situation updates page for more on the University’s response to Covid-19:

✱ see Eligibility criteria and Terms and Conditions: ✱✱ source: Guardian University League Table 2020

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Fine Art Painting & Drawing, BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Fine Art Painting & Drawing BA (Hons) at The University of Northampton

20% Administrative occupations
15% Artistic, literary and media occupations
15% Business and public service associate professionals
15% Skilled trades occupations
5% Teaching and Childcare Support Occupation
5% Managers, directors and senior officials
5% Caring personal services
5% Leisure, travel and related personal service occupations
5% Sales occupations
5% Elementary occupations

Grading & Study Time

Theory is assessed through essays, assignments, a major critical study and presentations, while practical work is judged through studio presentations and exhibitions. There will be two assessment periods. The first, around December to January, will be a chance for you to see how you are progressing and will not contribute to your final grade. The second, in May to June will be the official assessment for the year and will form your grade.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Accepted at DM with an BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma at Merit, or with an A-level at C.

Applicants are expected to have studied an Art or design related subject

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All other courses
    • 4.5
    • Foundation / Pathway Courses
    • General Test
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Fine Art Painting & Drawing, BA (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Fine Art Painting & Drawing BA (Hons)

EU £9250 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of The University of Northampton in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of The University of Northampton in related subject specific rankings.

Arts Visual & Performing

    • #53 
    • #65 
    Art & Design
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]

See all 11 university rankings of The University of Northampton

About The University of Northampton

The University of Northampton is a public institution in Northampton, England which places particular emphasis on the student experience, promoting a personalised educational experience with lecturers who care about their students. Waterside Campus, Avenue and Park Campuses as well as their Innovation Center are the University of Nottingham’s main campus sites.

List of 177 Bachelor and Master Courses from The University of Northampton - Course Catalogue

Student composition of The University of Northampton

  • Meet our Freshers: First Week in halls
  • Student Stories | Coming to University Away from Home: Britney
  • Accommodation Quick Tips | University of Northampton
  • Student Stories | Coming to University Away from Home: Bruna

Where is this programme taught

University of Northampton Waterside Campus
map marker Show on map
Main Site - Waterside Campus
map marker Show on map

Similar courses

Program University Student satis­faction Unem­ployed Drop­out Tuition (UK) Tuition (Inter­national) UCAS Tariff City
Fine Art BA (Hons) University of Suffolk 81% 10% 10% £9250 £12996 139 Ipswich On campus Full-time
Fine Art - Painting/Printmaking BA (Hons) Glasgow School of Art 65% 5% 1% £9250 £18960 209 Glasgow On campus Full-time
Fine Art BA (Hons) De Montfort University 51% 10% 7% £9250 £14250 114 Leicester On campus Full-time
Fine Art BA (Hons) University of Reading 69% 5% 10% £9250 £19500 144 Reading On campus Full-time
Fine Art BA (Hons) Aberystwyth University 81% 15% 10% £9000 £14300 132 Aberystwyth On campus Full-time
Fine Art - Environmental Art/Sculpture BA (Hons) Glasgow School of Art 50% 5% 1% £9250 £18960 162 Glasgow On campus Full-time
Fine Art with Integrated Foundation Year BA (Hons) University of Sunderland 44% 0% 5% £9250 £13000 146 Sunderland On campus Full-time
Fine Art (with Foundation) BA (Hons) University of Gloucestershire 80% 5% 20% £9250 £14700 124 Cheltenham On campus Full-time
Fine Art BA (Hons) University of Chichester 42% 15% 5% £9250 £14500 126 Chichester On campus Full-time
Fine Art with Foundation Year BA Sheffield Hallam University 82% 0% 0% £9250 £14415 142 Sheffield On campus Full-time