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Our Courses

A qualification within the arts can open you up to a world of creative opportunities and personal fulfilment.

OCA offers a range of courses in creative arts subjects, giving you the ability to study at a level you’d like.

Foundation courses are the perfect option if you are new to a creative discipline or are looking to get back into study. These courses develop your knowledge and skills, both practical and academic, providing a steppingstone to degree study.

Degree-level study is the beginning of an in-depth look at a specific discipline. You’ll learn to research, experiment and think around the subject, questioning your own thoughts and those of others. Most importantly, you’ll develop your own style and method of working, so that you can create something that is unique to you.

A Masters degree is highly specialised and focuses on a particular subject area. This enables you to become an expert in your chosen field.

Creative skills are highly regarded in today’s market and host a variety of employment opportunities. Holding a degree can open many more doors for your personal and career development. Maximise what’s available to you and join on an OCA course today.


Foundation courses are designed for students who want to develop their understanding before starting a degree.

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We offer 13 undergraduate and one postgraduate degree, awarded by the University for the Creative Arts (UCA).

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Why choose distance learning?

With one-to-one support from a practising artist to guide you along the way, at a third of the cost of attending a campus university, studying at OCA will change your thinking of what going to university is like.

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“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.”

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