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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. 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. 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. 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.

If you’re not sure if you’re ready for degree-level study, we have a range of ‘Foundations’ courses, designed for students who want to develop their skills and understanding before embarking on degree level study, but they can also be studied as interesting courses in their own right.

OCA’s fees will change on 1 September 2015. Please read the announcement about the fees change in the blog post here – Fees for 2015/16

Foundations courses are designed for students who want to develop their skills and understanding before embarking on degree level study, but they can also be studied as interesting and challenging courses in their own right.

You can choose from five specialist undergraduate degrees or the Creative Arts degree (which provides an exciting opportunity if you have a passion for more than one creative arts practice,) as well as an MA Fine Art.

Be inspired by the thriving creative community of OCA students, tutors and staff who are all following their passion and achieving at the highest levels. View articles by our tutors, staff and students in the We Are OCA blog.

Our We Are OCA blog articles

A new degree and lots of new courses...

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What technology do you use when writing? Barbara shares some of her latest finds thanks to the help of OCA students.

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Being shortlisted for a prize is not what motivates Selina, but it helps her achieve what does motivate her...

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Today is a sad day for the OCA as we say goodbye to Jane Horton, our Director of Curriculum and Assessment, who is taking early retirement.

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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

The OCA’s 2015 graduates’ lunch at the RSA

On Tuesday 23 June, the OCA's graduates met for lunch at the RSA before going on to the Royal Festival Hall for their graduation ceremony

The Royal Society for the encouragement for Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA) was established 260 years ago to enrich society through ideas and action. The RSA believes that everyone has ‘The Power to Create’.

In 2015, we celebrate the centenary of the birth of OCA’s founder Michael (later Lord) Young. Like the RSA, he believed that everyone has ‘the power to create’, setting up the Open College of the Arts in 1987 to give people the chance to study the creative arts, no matter what their qualifications, their previous experience as creative practitioners, and their age and circumstances. On 23 June, we celebrated the creativity and achievements of our graduands with a lunch at the RSA before their formal graduation ceremony with the University for the Creative Arts.

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