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.
Do your romantic scenes stop at the bedroom door? Part 1
2017.05.22 / 3min read. Read More
Study visit review: Joan Eardley’s ‘A sense of place’
2017.05.18 / 2min read. Read More
It’s all in the soundtrack
There is one thing that exercises my ire when watching films more than anything else and that is the pointless over use of music and…
2017.05.18 / 3min read. Read More
We will visit Paul Nash at the Sainsbury Centre for visual arts. Spanning a lifetime’s work from his earliest drawings to his iconic war…
2017.05.15 / 1min read. Read More
Study visit: Fashion and textiles museum
Join tutor Pere Bruach on the 10 June in London for The World of Anna Sui, and Larry Bell’s Smoke on the Bottom exhibitions.
2017.05.12 / 2min read. Read More
Meeting an OCA art friend in real life
I come from New Zealand but live in Sweden. Sibylle comes from Switzerland and also lives in Sweden. We both study by distance though OCA.
2017.05.11 / 4min read. Read More
Never let the truth get in the way of a good story
Since when have film-makers ever allowed the truth to get in the way of a good — or in the case of U-571, a crappy yarn?
2017.05.10 / 3min 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