Contact Us

We welcome students and potential students visiting our head office in Barnsley. You will be able to talk to one of our advisers about course choices and see examples of student work. We are open weekdays. It is helpful if you ring us to let us know you are coming.

Make an enquiry

If you have any questions that need answering before enrolling on an degree programme or individual course, please fill in the form below to enquire about studying with the OCA and one of our advisors will be in touch shortly.

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Where we’re based

Our full postal address is:

The Open College of the Arts

Michael Young Arts Centre

Redbrook Business Park

Wilthorpe Road


S75 1JN

Freephone: 0800 731 2116

From abroad: +44 1226 730 495


Office opening hours are:

Mon – Thurs: 9:00 – 17:00

Fri: 9:00 – 16:00


Book an appointment with a Student Adviser here for an in-depth discussion about your studies with OCA. We can help you make an informed decision about the right course for you, and how to make the most of your student experience.

Public Transport

Visitors should get a train to Barnsley, which is on the Sheffield – Leeds and the Sheffield-Huddersfield rail lines. Trains run two to three times an hour and the journey times are typically 25 minutes from Sheffield, 30-50 minutes from Leeds and 50 minutes from Huddersfield. Bicycles are carried on all services.

From the railway station the OCA is on the 18, 95, 95A, 443 and 444 bus routes. Services are frequent and the journey takes between five and ten minutes. Ask the driver to let you know when you arrive at Redbrook Business Park.

Walking and Cycling

The OCA is less than two miles from the railway station. Please see the map above. There is secure cycle storage available.


Car Parking spaces at the OCA are extremely limited. Visitors from the South should leave the M1 at junction 37, visitors from the North should leave at junction 38. The OCA is just off the A635. Please see the map above.

Disabled Access

OCA has ramps for wheelchair access, a disabled toilet and a lift for access to gallery and workshop space on the lower floor.