The Open College of the Arts is a non-profit educational charity whose charitable purpose is to widen participation in arts education through open and flexible 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.
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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) Open degree from home or anywhere you like and at a time to suit you. OCA is now part of the University for the Creative Arts.
All of our part time distance learning Open degrees are awarded by the University for the Creative Arts (UCA). We have an exceptional range of part-time Open courses at Higher Education level 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.
Articles from the OCA Blog
These articles were originally published on the We Are OCA blog and can be viewed through Medium.com below.
What is your tutor up to? Chapter 14: Kimberley Foster
2018.04.16 / 0min read. Read More
There are some pieces I like more than others and some that feel like filler pieces but I’m okay with that, the main thing is I am doing.
2018.04.12 / 2min read. Read More
Diversity talk is cheap: Why perceptions of the design industry are deceptive.
Design businesses and designers often presents themselves as a bastion of liberal culture and progressive ideals. However…
2018.04.09 / 8min read. Read More
Join OCA tutor Jayne Taylor on this study visit to Thresholds — British artist Mat Collishaw’s virtual reality photography exhibition.
2018.04.06 / 1min read. Read More
As part of her Exploring Drawing Media course OCA student Susan Askew is asking for your help in…
In settle, North Yorkshire a 150 year old beech tree is under threat of being cut down. It is not diseased. It has a preservation order on…
2018.03.20 / 1min read. Read More
Christian Lloyd & Emma Powell — Tracy McDermott, Lina Homer & Joanna Beaumont
2018.03.15 / 0min read. Read More
On top of the flexible self-paced schedule and peer group support, the most valuable aspect for me was the relationship I built with my tutors ... I was guided through personal growth and exploration.Dewald BothaPhotography student
I’ve learnt so much with the OCA, through excellent tutor support and guidance, and support from other students within the online forums, so never felt isolated in my studies.Jereme CrowPainting student
I received an incredible level of support from my OCA tutors. This is what makes OCA for me. The tutors go that extra mile knowing working and distance learning can be a struggle.Ozzie HendersonPhotography student
The course has introduced me to the world of visual narrative and changed the way I see and relate to my surroundings. The tutors have been outstanding.Sarah DeanePhotography student
As a single parent who works part-time, I needed to be able to study at my own pace and the OCA was able to offer me that flexibility, through their distance learning programme.Corinne Cole