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.
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Articles from the OCA Blog
These articles were originally published on the We Are OCA blog and can be viewed through Medium.com below.
In conversation with: Susannah Douglas
‘We all have an image of ourselves posed in school uniform, eating an ice cream at a birthday party, lined up for a family portrait.
12 hours ago / 6min read. Read More
Join OCA tutor Helen Warburton on the 12 November in Cardiff.
a day ago / 1min read. Read More
If you build it, they will come
A few months ago we blogged about the [(6)] — six alumni photography students who have come together again to create a new body of work.
3 days ago / 2min read. Read More
The English screenwriter, the Danish Girl & the mature but very junior student.
At a special showing of Academy Award-winning The Danish Girl I had the pleasure of meeting and talking to screenwriter Lucinda Coxon about…
7 days ago / 4min read. Read More
Edgezine — issue 1 aftermath
Collaborating with other OCA students has been a real highlight these past few months.
8 days ago / 3min read. Read More
OCA tutor and assessor looks at the work of Level 3 student John Umney.
7 days ago / 1min read. Read More
What is flash fiction ?
Flash exists all over the world, and is known by a variety of different names which are often used interchangeably: flash fiction, micro…
7 days ago / 3min read. Read More
Kill your darlings
There are rich picking to be had for creative writers who spend time in museums.
13 days ago / 3min read. Read More
In conversation with: Kid Acne
Last week I attended an illustrated talk by musician, illustrator and street artist Kid Acne.
11 days ago / 3min read. Read More
Traditional textile techniques used in contemporary ways — Part 2: Embroidery
The method of decorating the surface of fabric with stitch, to create beauty and express identity is centuries old and traditional to many…
16 days ago / 4min 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