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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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.
rarescale summer school — a level 1 student’s experience
On a warm July morning, 21 musicians descended on Harlaxton manor for 5 days of flute playing & composing at the Rarescale Summer School.
2017.09.14 / 3min read. Read More
What is drawing?
I have this conversation with students time after time about how a practitioner can explore what they perceive to be drawing.
2017.09.13 / 5min read. Read More
Both in materiality and content, Bickerton’s oeuvre resists categorisation.
2017.09.12 / 3min read. Read More
Quiet and loud narrative voices
The writer has various weapons in his armoury in the fight to hold onto the reader’s precious attention. After all, where is the story…
2017.09.11 / 3min read. Read More
A final letter from Venice
I’ve been home from the Venice Biennale for almost 3 months now & I’m thinking about the work I saw and what impressions have stayed with…
2017.09.05 / 4min read. Read More
Students have often approached me asking what it means to keep a sketchbook, how to structure it in a coherent manner.
2017.08.30 / 5min read. Read More
Reflection and the edit: Part 2
Editing your body of work continually is something often done without realising, yet is so important to the development of your practice.
2017.08.29 / 5min 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