The Open College of the Arts (OCA) has been offering distance learning creative arts courses since it was founded by Lord Michael Young in 1987. With the OCA’s part time Open courses, you can learn at home or from anywhere you like – whilst commuting, on holiday or even in your lunchbreak.
Through the OCA’s distance learning model, you can either study individual courses for personal development, or study an Open degree in one of eleven subject areas. We also have a more general Creative Arts Open degree, if you prefer not to specialise in any one area, and an online MA Fine Art. The OCA has over 25 years of experience in offering distance learning courses and in that time we have helped thousands of students to achieve their creative goals without sacrificing their careers or lifestyles in the process. Our flexible part time Open courses come to you, wherever you might be and whatever your circumstances.
Supporting our students
We recognise that distance learning education can require a greater level of self-motivation than traditional campus-based study, and so we offer a range of online facilities for breaking down those motivational barriers to study, as well as providing access to our course support advisers who are there to provide help if you feel you’ve reached an impasse in your studies.
For students with disabilities and long term health conditions there may be extra support available through Disabled Students’ Allowance and you are encouraged to talk to our Student Services team before enrolling: 0800 731 2116.
Your personal tutor
For each Open course you study with OCA, you will be allocated a personal tutor. All the OCA tutors are practising artists, photographers, designers, writers or composers and are experienced teachers at HE level.
Your tutor is there to:
- Provide formative feedback on your assignments*
- Direct you in your research in accordance with your own work
- Encourage the development of creative and online study skills
- Highlight your assessment potential prior to formal submission
- Informal assistance upon reasonable request between assignment submissions
*Some students, depending on Open course unit choices, can opt for written tutor reports on assignments or live online feedback sessions through Skype or Google Hangouts.