Study a Creative Arts degree with OCA

Do you have a love of all things creative? Inspired by multiple art practices? Or would love to experiment with a variety of medias?

Our Creative Arts BA (Hons) degree is truly multidisciplinary and is specially designed for you to enjoy the freedom to explore artistic practices and express your unique voice as a creative. Your journey on this course includes the opportunity to create original and exciting ways to communicate complex ideas and concepts through a variety of visual languages.

You’ll explore all areas of the creative arts, providing the finest opportunity to explore your artistic skills and identity. Disciplines range from Creative Writing, Poetry, Scriptwriting, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles, Photography, Moving Image, Graphic Design, Illustration and Music; giving you a grounding in each to form the perfect degree for you.

What is Creative Arts?

Creative Arts is a broad, practice-based course, that encompasses a wide variety of visual and non-visual disciplines for students to select as part of their tailor-made creative journey. The course offers students a choice of relevant subjects and through regular tutor support builds these into the learning structure, with a view towards broader engagement with the arts. The course is interdisciplinary in the way it engages students with ideas in the wider world and applies this to a creative practice made up of two or more disciplines.

This interdisciplinary course is structured to deliver a broad array of content and provide opportunities for both personal and professional development in students choice of disciplines.

Students individual practices will develop out of the connections they form between the subjects covered and their practical work from their distinct chosen disciplines. The three stages of study provide a framework for pacing the content, affording regular points of contact with their tutor to guide their learning and assist in their choices.

The creative arts degree is designed for students who wish to fulfil their ambitions for a diverse practical and critical engagement with the arts and understand how their unique creative voice situates itself within contemporary practice and the broader cultural world.

'Jerusalem Sage' © copyright Bob Coe 2021. Poems © copyright Anne Osbourn 2021

Course Structure

As of September 2021, the BA Hons Creative Arts course will deliver 3x 40 credit units in each Level of the course.*

Level 1

Students encounter the term interdisciplinarity to understand what it means and how they will apply it to their studies. Subjects explored include time, place, global and cross-cultural perspectives, and how to use research from within and outside of the arts to apply to their practical work. Students also test and experiment with skills from a range of disciplines before choosing their distinct creative path. Level 1 students have the opportunity to show their work online as part of an end of level peer-reviewed presentation that forms a bridge to their studies at Level 2.

Level 2

Students develop their understanding through interdisciplinary thinking. We encourage an emphasis on finding your distinct creative voice through developing your practical work across disciplines. A furthering of research of your perspective on the world and how you form relations to subjects that interest you is crucial to your development. Students test their interdisciplinary creative language and are encouraged to take risks in preparation for Level 3.

Level 3

Level 3 units provide students with a breadth of intellectual, practical and transferable skills required for a range of roles in the creative arts. The level requires students to answer key questions defining the nature of their interdisciplinary practice, articulating their ideas, researching the theory and applying it to their creative work. Students are encouraged to progress their studies, and the course provides them with the opportunity to collaborate online, present their work as they establish external projects for further application of their interdisciplinary studies in either a professional or personal context.

*For current students enrolled to a Level of this degree prior to September 2021, existing units across all levels will remain available as ‘teach out’ units to ensure no students are disadvantaged due to the changes. Once enrolled to a new level, students will follow the new degree pathway. 

Learn about studying the BA (HONS) Creative Arts course from Programme Leader, Doug Burton, with a guest appearance from an OCA Tutor, Rachel Smith.

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21/22 Teach Out Creative Arts Pathway

For current students enrolled to a Level of this degree on the pathway below, existing units  across all levels will remain available as ‘teach out’ units to ensure no students are disadvantaged due to the changes. Once enrolled to a new level, students will follow the new degree pathway as across.

Teach Out 21/22  Programme Specification 

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21/22 Creative Arts Pathway

The 2021/2022 pathway comes into affect September 2021. Level 2 and 3 units are expected to be available October 2021.

21/22 Programme Specfication

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Foundations

£915

Per course

Level 1 (HE4)

£4,080

For the level

Level 2 (HE5)

£4,080

For the level

Level 3 (HE6)

£4,080

For the level

Breakdown of costs...

Level 1 (HE4)

£1,360

Per course unit (4o credits)

All of the OCA’s Level 1 (HE4) course units are worth 40 credits each. If you’re studying towards an Open degree, you’ll need three Level 1 (HE4) course units to gain the necessary 120 credits to move on to Level 2 (HE5).

Deposit is £430 followed by 7 monthly instalments of £140.

Level 2 (HE5)

£1,360

Per course unit (4o credits)

All of the OCA’s Level 2 (HE5) course units are worth 40 credits each. If you’re studying towards an Open degree, you’ll need three Level 2 (HE5) course units to gain the necessary 120 credits to move on to Level 3 (HE6).

Deposit is £430 followed by 7 monthly instalments of £140.

Level 3 (HE6)

£4,080

For the level

OCA’s Level 3 (HE6) course units hold differing amounts of credits depending upon the given Open degree pathway. Two 40 credit units are studied concurrently and the deposit for these two units is £860 followed by 7 monthly instalments of £280.

Foundations

£1,052

Per course

Level 1 (HE4)

£4,680

For the level

Level 2 (HE5)

£4,680

For the level

Level 3 (HE6)

£4,680

For the level

Breakdown of costs...

Level 1 (HE4)

£1,560

Per course unit (40 credits)

All of the OCA’s Level 1 (HE4) course units are worth 40 credits each. If you’re studying towards a degree, you’ll need three Level 1 (HE4) course units to gain the necessary 120 credits to move on to Level 2 (HE5).

Deposit is £560 followed by 7 monthly instalments of £150.

Level 2 (HE5)

£1,560

Per course unit (40 credits)

All of the OCA’s Level 2 (HE5) course units are worth 40 credits each. If you’re studying towards a degree, you’ll need three Level 2 (HE5) course units to gain the necessary 120 credits to move on to Level 3 (HE6).

Deposit is £560 followed by 7 monthly instalments of £150.

Level 3 (HE6)

£4,680

For the level

OCA’s Level 3 (HE6) course units hold differing amounts of credits depending upon the given degree pathway, and therefore are varied in cost. For individual pricing, please see the individual course unit pages on this website. Two 40 credit units are studied concurrently and the deposit for these two units is £1,120 followed by 11 monthly instalments of £300.

More Information

  • OCA courses are less than half of the cost of a degree at a campus university.

    OCA degrees are paid for on a unit-by-unit basis and are around a third of the cost of a degree at a campus university. Unit costs depend on the level of the unit, and also whether you live in the UK or rest of the world.

    If you started studying with OCA before 01 August 2017, please contact accounts@oca.ac.uk as different fees may apply.

    If you are funding your course yourself you can either pay for units in full or you can spread the cost by taking advantage of our deposit and instalment facility for which a £50 fee is included in the deposit you pay.

    All OCA courses are listed with Student Finance England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, so you can even do a course now and pay it back later. If you have never studied at higher education before, are a UK national, and have lived in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland for the past three years, you may be eligible for a Student Loan to cover the cost of fees.

    As a student with OCA, most reading materials can be accessed through the digital library services and eBooks, or sent to you in the post.

    You will need to consider the costs of your own art materials, this can vary depending on the subjects you decide to study however could typically be around £150 per year for fine art subjects. You also need to cover the cost of sending physical material to us for assessment, this could typically be around £20 per assessment depending on the quantity and weight of materials in your submission. You will be able to apply for a maintenance loan to assist you with cost of study as explained in our guide on Student Finance.

    We’ve made this helpful guide to take you through the application process, making applying for Student Finance simple and straightforward.

    Download the Student Finance guide

  • Creative Arts is an open access, distance learning degree; this means that there are no formal qualifications or experience required to join this course however if you wish to study the Music 1: Composing Music unit must have completed ABRSM Grade 5 Theory for entry.

    All OCA courses require students to be IT literate, have a good internet connection, and have a good standard of English equivalent to CEFR B2. Further details on the entry requirements can be found in the Student Regulations.

  • Upon completing our BA (Hons) Creative Arts degree, you’ll be set with skills to achieve great things. You could use your practice as a Creative Director, Designers and Illustrator, Photographer, Printmaker, Web developer, to Stylists or Glass Blowers, the options are endless. Prospects can help you with a variety of options of where your degree could take you.

    In 2017 the Department for Culture, Media, & Sport estimated there were some 3.12 million jobs in the UK creative economy, and 80,000 new jobs were created in 2017 alone. The creative industries are growing faster than any other sector in the UK.

Continuing Student Enrolment Form

If you are enrolled to a level of this version of the Creative Arts degree (prior to September 2021) and want to enrol to your next course unit on same level, please use the PDF enrolment form and return to enquiries@oca.ac.uk, using ‘OCA Enrolment’ as your email subject.
2021/2022 Continuing Student Enrolment Form
If you are enrolling to a new level, such as progressing from Level 1 to 2, please use the online enrolment form below.

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