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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 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 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 with the Open College of the Arts.

Reasons to study with the OCA:

  • 25 years of learning and creativity

  • Speedy enrolment

  • Global community

  • One-to-one tutor support

  • UCA accredited degrees

  • Study visits

  • Flexible timeframes

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Featured student

Jereme Crow

I love to paint. I am interested in exploring biography/portraiture, repetition, temporality, time and memories through the manipulation and invention of narrative.

When I discovered the Open College of the Arts offered a degree which specialised in painting I chose to enrol because the course was through distance learning which suited my lifestyle and other commitments. I had my own dedicated tutors for each module as well as the support from other students within the OCA’s online community forums and so never felt isolated in my studies.

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All of our degrees are accredited by the University for the Creative Arts – one of the UK’s leading specialist universities.

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OCA’s courses are independently reviewed. Read the report here: OCA’s QAA Review.

"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
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