The Open College of the Arts is a non-profit educational charity whose charitable purpose is to widen participation in arts education through open and flexible distance learning methods. You will receive support from a one-to-one tutor who is also an arts practitioner and you will become part of a thriving UK and international student community. All of our part time distance learning Open degrees are awarded by the University for the Creative Arts (UCA). We have an exceptional range of part-time Open courses at Higher Education level in painting, drawing, photography, music, illustration, graphic design, creative writing, textiles, sculpture, printmaking, art history and film. An award-winning online MA Fine Art is also available with the Open College of the Arts.
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With the Open College of the Arts (OCA), you can study a one-off course or a BA (Hons) Open degree from home or anywhere you like and at a time to suit you. OCA is now part of the University for the Creative Arts.
Articles from the OCA Blog
These articles were originally published on the We Are OCA blog and can be viewed through Medium.com below.
Double textiles study visit
Photo Minghui Reece from www.theupandcoming.co.uk Join OCA tutor Priscilla Jones on the 17 and 18 February in London.
8 hours ago / 2min read. Read More
Making the most of your narrative
In a previous post I mentioned a recent blockbuster, The Bestseller Code, which I’d found to offer some true gems of insight to writers.
2 days ago / 4min read. Read More
A pocket guide to becoming more creative every day
You may not see yourself as a particularly creative person, but there’s a huge creative capacity that lies on the left hand side of our…
5 days ago / 4min read. Read More
Study Visit: Stephen Moss
Join Stephen Moss in conversation on the 18 February in Taunton.
2 days ago / 2min read. Read More
OCA’s Les Monaghan asked; How does your upbringing affect your chances in life?
8 days ago / 1min read. Read More
Does the greatest film ever made really exist?
There are certain cultural events that we use to define our life’s experience.
8 days ago / 3min read. Read More
Edmund Clark: War of Terror
At this time of year it is common for lists to emerge of ‘the best photo books of the year’ or the ‘the best exhibitions’.
a month ago / 1min read. Read More
Bye bye butterfly
“I made my own way of making electronic music in the late-’50s, early-’60s, using test equipment — oscillators and patchbays and tape…
a month ago / 3min read. Read More
Jim Jarmusch — A Consumate Filmmaker
The vampire genre features in the Film Culture course with a special reference — and I make no apology for this — to Jim Jarmusch’s…
a month ago / 3min read. Read More
The OCA is fantastic at providing dedicated support from enthusiastic tutors. Course materials enable inexperienced students to build their core skills gradually at the same time as enabling those with more creative experience to work towards developing their own personal voice. I am proud to say that I study with OCA.Ayla Morten, Drawing 1: Drawing Skills
Illustration 1 has really opened my eyes to the illustration profession. The course materials are really comprehensive, guiding you through various exercises and assignments and the feedback from my tutor is always detailed, positive and really helpful. There is a lot to learn and do but I’m sure I’ll get there with the support of the OCA!Lia Edwards, Illustration 1
I’ve learnt so much with the OCA, through excellent tutor support and guidance, and a fantastic student forum where we can share our experiences.Jereme Crow