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.
Developing your voice. Part 1
How strong is your ‘voice’? But what is meant by this term, and how can we develop our voice, as a writer, to make it stronger?
2017.06.22 / 4min read. Read More
In conversation with: Piers Tattersall
Piers is, along with pianist Christopher Guild, a founding member of The Edison Ensemble. Much of his recent music utilises the radio.
2017.06.21 / 4min read. Read More
United nations of the art world
In applying for the Open College of the Arts Masters in Fine Art, I had signed up to deadlines & being a student again: a proper one.
2017.06.15 / 5min read. Read More
As a student, your tutor may have asked you to step out of your ‘comfort zone’. But what is a comfort zone, and who defines them?
2017.06.13 / 2min read. Read More
Visiting an illustrator
Illustration degree student, Abi Pegg, shares the experience of setting up a visit to a professional illustrator.
2017.06.12 / 3min read. Read More
What is unique about your character
In real life, we share the premise that ‘everyone is unique’. It has struck me how in many instances our characters are just the same.
2017.06.08 / 4min read. Read More
OCA tutor and assessor Andrea Norrington looks at the work of BA Hons Photography student Stan Dickinson.
2017.06.06 / 0min read. Read More
Writing erotic fiction. Part 2
Children’s authors are very friendly and helpful, as you’d hope , but you never meet any of the erotic writers. We’re all using pseudonyms!
2017.06.05 / 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