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 Open degrees are awarded by the University for the Creative Arts (UCA). We have an exceptional range of part-time Open 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) Open degree from home or anywhere you like and at a time to suit you. OCA is now part of the University for the Creative Arts.
Articles from the OCA Blog
These articles were originally published on the We Are OCA blog and can be viewed through Medium.com below.
Using your rhythm section
One of the first things you may have taken on board, as a new creative writing student, is that it’s not only poets who needs to pay…
a day ago / 7min read. Read More
Serious about sci-fi
I have written about science fiction in the cinema before and students of the Film Culture course will know that the genre features in it…
3 days ago / 3min read. Read More
The First Operas: Part 1
When you get the chance to reacquaint yourself with works that you have not heard for many years it is sometimes a delight to reawaken that…
4 days ago / 7min read. Read More
Some like it hot, part ii
Ironically, the publicity images for these films now seem curiously old fashioned since it was at this moment that her ditzy screen…
5 days ago / 4min read. Read More
How can writing connect with people and affect their lives?
Recently in the Houses of Commons, the Prime Minister was told to watch the new film ‘I, Daniel Blake’.
9 days ago / 5min read. Read More
The purpose of drawing
iJADE Conference Drawing 2016 My role as programme leader for the new Drawing Degree has brought me to Chester University to participate…
8 days ago / 4min read. Read More
Study visit review: Textiles in Manchester
Earlier this month I had the pleasure of doing a textiles study visit to Manchester.
10 days ago / 3min read. Read More
New music course coming soon: Stylistic techniques
I am delighted to announce that the writing of the Level 4 Stylistic Techniques course is underway.
11 days ago / 1min read. Read More
It has often been commented upon and especially by assessors looking at student submissions that too often the best work is to be found in…
10 days ago / 2min 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