BA (Hons) Creative Arts

The BA (Hons) Creative Arts degree

The BA (Hons) in Creative Arts gives you an exciting opportunity if you have a passion for more than one creative arts practice. This degree programme allows you to choose from the full range of distance learning courses available through the OCA, combining the study of art, creative writing, art history, printmaking, sculpture, music, graphic design, illustration, book design and photography. You may combine the mediums which interest you most, studying poetry and music for example, or art alongside creative writing, or illustration together with photography. The range of choices available is exceptional, enabling you to build the programme around your interests. You will study two subject areas independently at levels 1 and 2, but at level 3 you can pull together a programme that challenges both disciplines and brings together all you have learnt. The aims of the Creative Arts degree are to:

  1. To widen access to education in the creative arts at undergraduate level through Open and Flexible Learning.
  2. Ensure you gain the traditional skills in each of the disciplines chosen to form a solid foundation for further development.
  3. To provide an intellectually stimulating programme of study based on high quality study material and tutor support.
  4. To develop your creative capacities and their ability in interpretation and application.
  5. To develop your critical understanding of the theoretical and conceptual issues central to the creative arts practice and the social, historical and cultural context in which it is practiced.
  6. To provide an environment in which you have the possibility of changing your view of the world and your interaction with it both artistically and intellectually.
  7. To foster high-level ethical and professional standards and an awareness of the possibilities offered by existing and new developments in areas of the creative arts to expand their application areas.
  8. To develop autonomous learners capable of applying intellectual and practical skills in a chosen area of visual communications appropriate to employment, further study, or life-long learning.

Visit the courses section to see the full range of subjects on offer and take a look at the Creative Arts Degree Handbook and Creative Arts Degree Pathway for more information.

Studying with the OCA

With our flexible distance learning approach, the OCA provides a real alternative to traditional campus based learning. Our inspiring course materials enable you to work at your own pace, in your own time, and whenever you choose to study. We have a thriving community of students all following their passion and achieving at the highest levels, supported by tutors who are experienced teachers and practising artists, writers, photographers, visual communicators or musicians. As you work towards your degree, your work will be assessed against a set of criteria by our accrediting university the UCA, one of Europe’s largest specialist universities for art, design, architecture, media and communication. This enables you to gain HE credits towards your degree and is based on an examination of your course portfolio rather than a formal exam. Click here to find out more about studying with the OCA.


The flexibility of the OCA means you can complete your degree to suit you, taking anything from 3 to 12 years. The full degree programme must be completed in 12 years.

Interested in this degree?

With our open and distance learning approach you enrol on one course or one level at a time as you study towards your degree. The degree pathway sets out the options for you to study, allowing you to tailor what you study as your interests develop.

Choose your first course now

  • Download the Creative Arts Degree Handbook for details of all the courses available within this degree.
  • You can also browse all available degree courses from the Subjects tab at the top of the website. If you study the Creative Arts degree you can pick a broad range of subjects from the entire suite of subjects with fewer restrictions than the specialist subject degrees.
  • For a quick overview of the degree download the Creative Arts Degree Pathway diagram.
  • Guide to OCA booklet

Download the BA (Hons) Creative Arts Degree Handbook

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Download the BA (Hons) Creative Arts Degree Pathway

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Degree Programme Enquiry Form

Please fill in this form to begin the process of enrolling on one of OCA’s undergraduate BA (Hons) degree programmes. You are not committing to anything by filling in this form, and a member of the Head Office team will be in touch shortly to further discuss your application.