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.
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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.
“I have been studying with the OCA since 2009. The OCA enables me to study fine art to a high standard in a flexible manner so that I can carry on working full time. They are continually finding ways to improve the distance learning experience, for example using on-line forums and by study visits. During my studies I have been able to pursue my own interests and develop a deeper theoretical understanding, unlocking my ability to produce personal, meaningful work. As a result of my work with the OCA I have now been accepted on an MA Fine Art course.“
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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