I began studying in January 2012. I chose to study with OCA because of the flexible study conditions, a wealth of learning resources and the supportive one-to-one relationship with a tutor. The degree structure appealed to me as it had an excellent balance between theoretical content and practical application. I found that being able to schedule and organise my own workload helped me to feel in control of my whole learning process. As a result I have gained confidence in my creative abilities, research, reflection and technical skills, and advanced my knowledge in visual communications and contemporary art.
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
"“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