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.
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’.
2 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…
11 hours 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.
3 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.
3 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…
3 days ago / 2min read. Read More
Some like it hot, part:i
The razzmatazz of celebrity endorsements that marked the last days of Hillary Clinton’s election campaign has led me to wonder this morning…
8 days ago / 5min read. Read More
Photography as object: reworking the daguerrotype
For his MA Photography degree show, ‘Traces’, at the University of Sunderland, Geoffrey Bradford created a series of unique assemblages…
8 days ago / 3min read. Read More
Releasing a new novel into the wild
I wonder how truly seasoned writers feel about releasing a new novel.
8 days ago / 4min read. Read More
Traditional textile techniques used in contemporary ways — Part 6: Pattern cutting and tailoring
For this blog post I am looking at the world of fashion, in particular designers who create garments that are pushing the boundaries of…
9 days ago / 5min 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