Many people choose to study Art to enhance their creativity, and because they want to be able to express what they see and feel. Others see it as a powerful way to communicate a message to both present and future generations.

Courses will give you an excellent idea of how reach your creative and professional goals. With a key area of focus being personal artistic development, making it ideal for any future research and postgraduate studies. On top of this it can cultivate the characteristics, attitude, and intellectual skills that many employers look for in job applicants. It’s a subject that teaches self-discipline, teamwork, cooperation, creativity and those critical thinking skills that are greatly valued in the workplace.

It provides an excellent grounding for subjects as varied as Art History, Sculpturing and Digital Photography. The course readies students for the working world by giving them an insight into the duties of professionals. It can serve as a launch pad for diverse careers in fields such as architecture, teaching, journalism, historic preservation, art libraries, and publishing. Apart from these roles the artistic talent of graduates is also sought in jobs where the visual image is important, these can be roles in marketing, exhibition design, publishing, illustrating and advertising.

As the Internet becomes more and more crammed with images, the need for critical visual skills will become increasingly important for a wide variety of artistic and non artistic careers.

Online Art degree overview

This is an exciting time to be involved in the online study of the arts. Advancements in online teaching resources, now means  that artistically minded people can not only learn, but also mingle, develop relationships and discover themselves over the Internet.

Web based tutorial teaching is accessible 24/7, day and night. The Internet is a superb medium for lecturers to transmit and communicate their valuable experiences. Apart from allowing students to create their own virtual exhibitions and galleries, lessons can also include online 3D workshops, essay writing, debates, coursework, interactive slideshows, video demonstrations, classroom discussions and drawing based activities.

Studying online means you will learn through purpose built web based tools, in a challenging but friendly environment, where you will always be supported by a committed academic team. This is a unique course that has the correct balance of practice based and theoretical study. Programs allow students the space and time to experiment, fully develop their ideas, and strengthen their knowledge of Art history and contemporary art.

It’s also worth noting that many tutors are experienced artists themselves who are able to bring their own areas of expertise and valuable insights to a course.

Typical modules and subjects that can be taught on an online Art degree

  • Animation
  • Art History
  • Art Practice
  • Art and Design
  • Art Theories & Practices
  • Block Printing
  • Calligraphy
  • Ceramic Sculpture
  • Contexts of Art Practice
  • Digital Arts
  • Digital Photography
  • Documentary Drawing
  • Drawing
  • Etching
  • Embroidery
  • Felt-making
  • Film and Sound
  • Fine Art Practice
  • Modernism in the Arts
  • Methods & Materials of Drawing
  • Mould Making
  • Papermaking
  • Painting
  • Perception and the Arts
  • Photography
  • Post-impressionism and modernism
  • Printmaking
  • Professional Practice
  • Sound and Space
  • Sculpturing
  • Studio Practice

Students will learn how to

  • Comment critically on art.
  • Display your work at exhibitions and events.
  • Think about and analyse what they have learnt.
  • Work to budgetary as well as time constraints.
  • Write about art.
  • Take into consideration the views of the audience, and how they will ‘read’ your work.
  • Experiment with lots of different ideas.
  • Form and articulate opinions.

Students will learn about

  • The techniques and skills used by professional artists and designers.
  • Experimental approaches to art.
  • Visual and verbal presentation.
  • The contemporary art world.
  • Flash animations.

Career roles
A qualification in art will allow you to pursue an art-related career in roles such as a:

  • Art Historian
  • Architect
  • Art Journalist
  • Curator
  • Critic
  • Designer
  • Professional Artist
  • Teacher

About this page
This is a resource page that will give you useful information about what you can expect to learn on an accredited online art degree course. It also lists links to a selection of popular and relevant online degrees that are run by established US and UK universities. We have focused on these two countries because at present most English language online courses are run by academic institutions based in the United States of America and the United Kingdom. Through the links on this page you will find out about the:
Admission requirements
Course costs
Course length
Enrolment dates
Financial aid available to students


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