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Open College of the Arts

With the Open College of the Arts (OCA), you can study a one-off course or a BA (Hons) degree from home or anywhere you like and at a time to suit you.

The Open College of the Arts is a non-profit educational charity whose charitable purpose is to widen participation in arts education through 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 degrees are accredited by the University for the Creative Arts (UCA). We have an exceptional range of part-time higher education courses 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.

Reasons to study with the OCA:

  • 25 years of learning and creativity

  • Speedy enrolment

  • Global community

  • One-to-one tutor support

  • UCA accredited degrees

  • Study visits

  • Flexible timeframes

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Featured student

Carol Smith

I started studying for the BA (Hons) Creative Arts degree in 2010, while I was living in Beijing, and I graduated in 2015.  OCA allowed me to continue to work full time and study towards a degree from the other side of the world.

I don’t think there is another arts education institution that is so flexible and at the same time so professional.

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All of our degrees are accredited by the University for the Creative Arts – one of the UK’s leading specialist universities.

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OCA’s courses are independently reviewed. Read the report here: OCA’s QAA Review.

"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
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Our We Are OCA blog articles

This month Tate Modern and the Science Museum present two contrasting visions of the sixties: the first inspired by the spread of pop imagery, particularly in Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and South America, and the second by the involvement of the...
The first Big Draw event for OCA students took place at London South Bank. As the early morning sun arose over the River Thames, the students assembled at the Royal Festival Hall before moving on to the first of 5 specially chosen areas that provi...
OCA photography programme lead Jesse Alexander will be talking about his book Perspectives on Place at the Off the Shelf Festival of Words in Sheffield on Wednesday 14 October. Perspectives on Place, which was published in January by Bloomsbury, e...
We recently hosted a study visit at the Arnolfini in Bristol to look at the work of Richard Long. Inspired by the artist OCA student Abi Latham got in touch to share her own land art.

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