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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.

OCA Graduation 2016

On the 22nd of June we celebrated at the Royal Society of Arts in London with our students for a graduation lunch before they left to attend the graduation ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall.

We chose the RSA to celebrate the creative and academic achievements of our students because of the complementary aims of our two organisations. The creative journey the students have undertaken through higher level study with the OCA is testimony to RSA’s belief that ‘all human beings have creative capacities that, when understood and supported, can be mobilised to deliver a 21st century enlightenment’.

Featured student

Leonie Broekstra

“It was only a few years ago that I discovered the world of photography and realised how much I enjoyed taking photographs. When I moved abroad in 2012 I signed up for my first OCA photography course and have really been enjoying improving my skills and developing myself creatively. Before studying with OCA I had never thought of photography as a way to express myself. My courses have stimulated me to think about who I am, what I see and how to communicate that visually.”

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.

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