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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

  • Student finance funding

  • One-to-one tutor support

  • UCA accredited degrees

  • Study visits

  • Flexible timeframes

Featured student

Adrian Eaton

I began my OCA studies in April 2012. I chose OCA on the recommendation of another OCA student at my local art group. I had just been diagnosed with ME and needed a creative outlet to build up my self-esteem. OCA looked and felt right and promised the inclusive approach I sought. Distance learning delivers direct to your door with no accessibility restrictions.

My practice has grown in tandem with my confidence. I have become more adventurous and  ambitious. I often seek opportunities to work collaboratively with the public to share the joy of creativity; something I would never have dreamt of before. The real joy of OCA studies is that the courses are well-structured and supported with tutors that guide you from the student you are to the artist you wish to be.

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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.

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"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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