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Study with the

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.

The Open College of the Arts’ mission is “To be at the forefront of student-led creative arts education through innovative open, enhanced, & supported distance learning, for an evolving society.”

The OCA 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.

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.

Reasons to study with the OCA:

  • 30 years’ experience in distance learning and creativity

  • Speedy enrolment process

  • Global community of students

  • Student finance funding available

  • One-to-one tutor support

  • UCA Open degrees

  • Study visits

  • Flexible timeframes

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The Open College of the Arts is the distance learning college of the University for the Creative Arts – one of the UK’s leading specialist art and design universities.

“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

“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

“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

“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


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