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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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.
“When I decided to do a BA in photography in 2012, I was looking for a course which would provide me with technical knowledge while being a gateway to discover the world of contemporary art. As I have two young kids, distant classes were the only solution and the OCA program proved to be the best option for me. I discovered the pleasure of creating more meaningful images while interacting with a passionate community of students and tutors. Today, photography has a very special place in my everyday life, from where I can explore whatever triggers my curiosity and imagination.”
Articles from the OCA blog
These articles were originally published on the We Are OCA blog
"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