Studying with the OCA

Studying with the OCA offers a real alternative to campus based learning, whether you are studying for a degree to pursue a career in the creative arts or to develop your voice as an artist for your own personal development.




How to Enrol?

You can enrol on a course through this website by going to the course page you wish to enrol on through the Courses menu in the navigation bar above, and then selecting your preferred payment method (in full or instalments) before filling in the rest of the required fields and clicking the ‘Enrol on this course’ button. After you have proceeded to the checkout, you will be asked for some more information, such as billing and shipping addresses, before being asked for your preferred payment method. We offer the following payment methods:

  • Direct Bank Transfer
  • Cheque
  • By phone
  • Credit/Debit card (via SagePay secure payments)

Once you have enrolled on your course(s) and payment has been received and processed, you will receive your OCA Email address details within one working day which you can then use to sign into the private OCA Student website, where you can then access digital versions of your course materials and study resources as well as being able to communicate with your fellow students via the online forums. Your physical course materials should then reach you within 48 working hours of cleared payment.

What will I get?

When you enrol you will get:

  • A programme of study with course materials providing a structured learning pathway.
  • An online induction to help you get the best out of your studies.
  • Your own personal tutor giving you bespoke feedback on your work.
  • A library of resources to support you and widen your understanding.
  • Support from OCA staff who are there to help if you have any difficulties.
  • Assessment when you complete your course.

To get the most out of your studies we encourage you to commit to a regular amount of time each week and plan when you’re going to submit assignments to your tutors. Most students find the experience enjoyable as well as rewarding.


The OCA experience

The diagram below illustrates the various components of the OCA experience.


The Core

You are entitled to:

Value added

You are also strongly encouraged to:

A Programme of Study Advice and Support Community
Course materials which provide a structured learning pathway Induction into getting the best out of study in Higher Education Interaction with fellow students through the OCA Student Website Do your own exploration of your subject area
A personal tutor for each course to provide feedback on your work Guides to ensure you understand the key components of the learning experience Membership of the OCA Student Association Participate in student generated initiatives on the web and elsewhere
A library of resources to support your pathway and widen your understanding Telephone and email support from OCA Head Office staff if you encounter difficulties in following your chosen programme Membership of NUS and access to student discounts Attend the free study visits which relate to your programme of study that are arranged from time to time
Assessment of your work when you complete a course Access to reasonable learner support if financial or other barriers prevent you from following your chosen programme Attend workshops, for which there may be a fee, which relate to your programme of study