The Open College of the Arts is different…
The Open College of the Arts (OCA) has been offering distance learning creative arts courses since it was founded by Lord Michael Young in 1987. With the OCA’s part time courses, you can learn at home or from anywhere you like – whilst commuting, on holiday or even in your lunchbreak.
Through the OCA’s distance learning model, you can either study individual courses for personal development, or study a degree in one of eleven subject areas. We also have a more general Creative Arts degree, if you prefer not to specialise in any one area, and an online MA Fine Art. The OCA has over 25 years of experience in offering distance learning courses and in that time we have helped thousands of students to achieve their creative goals without sacrificing their careers or lifestyles in the process. Our flexible part time courses come to you, wherever you might be and whatever your circumstances.
Supporting our students
We recognise that distance learning education can require a greater level of self-motivation than traditional campus-based study, and so we offer a range of online facilities for breaking down those motivational barriers to study, as well as providing access to our course support advisors who are there to provide help if you feel you’ve reached an impasse in your studies.