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.
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.
Articles from the OCA Blog
These articles were originally published on the We Are OCA blog and can be viewed through Medium.com below.
Ensemble in focus — Northern Contemporary Collective
2018.06.20 / 2min read. Read More
Review: New Music Collective
The students produced a range of pieces which demonstrated many different types of collaboration.
2018.05.30 / 3min read. Read More
Almost a year ago, I became agitated by an online news article. Over a million people in the UK were living in destitution. Othes were…
2018.05.29 / 3min read. Read More
OCA Bursaries - help with course fees
As part of OCA's charitable purpose, each year our Learner Support Scheme helps students with a low household income to access its courses.
2018.05.24 / 1min 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