Visual Studies Courses

Our Open courses in Visual Studies introduce you to the concepts behind the visual world, as well as to theories and practices in a range of creative arts practices. OCA has two Visual Studies Open courses, Understanding Visual Culture (level one) and Creative Arts Today (also level one).

Level 1 (HE4)


Level 2 (HE5)



Exercises and assignments require you to research, evaluate and write about artworks in a range of disciplines (and access to the internet is essential). You will be introduced to important cultural movements such as the ideas inStructuralism, Post-Structuralism and Post Modernism. Studying these Open courses will give you a robust understanding of research tools and techniques as well as a better understanding of contemporary culture and key concepts. You will also gain an appreciation of a range of art practices including textiles, photography, creative writing, art and design.