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Study with the

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 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 degrees are accredited by the University for the Creative Arts (UCA). We have an exceptional range of part-time 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.

Reasons to study with the OCA:

  • 25 years of learning and creativity

  • Speedy enrolment

  • Global community

  • Student finance funding

  • One-to-one tutor support

  • UCA accredited degrees

  • Study visits

  • Flexible timeframes

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

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OCA’s distance learning degrees and courses are independently reviewed. Read the report here: OCA’s QAA Review.

Featured student

Mark Daniels, MA Fine Art

‘Much more friendly than many studio-based programmes’

Mark Daniels runs his own business in the Far East and has a varied schedule with frequent travel commitments. His motivation for enrolling on OCA’s MA, Fine Art was simple: to make better art. He opted for the OCA programme because it was affordable and flexible, and for him, offered better value for money than other international programmes he had looked at. He also relished the idea of being associated with a not-for-profit university, and one maintaining high standards while being to a certain degree ‘open source’.

Commenting on the impact the MA has had on his practice, Mark says: ‘I can say with certainty that the programme has exceeded my expectations and that my work and images have improved. I have a better knowledge of contemporary and historic artists and works. I have reframed long-held views and adjusted my interpretations. I have a clearer focus on where I am going with my own practice. Equally important has been the exposure we have all received to alternative ways of exhibiting, curating and marketing work.’

"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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