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.
Collection review: Alexander McQueen Aw17
Last February I worked on the Autumn/Winter ’17 collection for Alexander McQueen, developing textiles and embroideries…
2017.04.19 / 2min read. Read More
Lesley distorts perspective in her drawings which allows the viewer access to areas within the drawing they would not normally see
2017.04.18 / 1min read. Read More
Concept and colour
Looking for some colour inspiration, I have been recently looking at the early work of one of my favourite designers, Verner Panton.
2017.04.17 / 3min read. Read More
Photography Student: Li Ma
OCA tutor and assessor Wendy McMurdo looks at the work of photography student Li Ma.
2017.04.13 / 0min read. Read More
Study visit: A trio of exhibitions
OCA photography tutor Derek Trillo looks at a varied trio of exhibitions in Bradford at the Science & Media Museum and Impressions Gallery.
2017.04.12 / 3min read. Read More
In conversation with: Christine Molloy
Christine Molloy and Joe Lawler direct films under the name Desperate Optimists.
2017.04.11 / 8min 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