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Online Art Degree Courses

Study Flexible, Creative Online Art Degrees with OCA

Study any time, anywhere, at the pace that suits you. An online art degree means you can enrol at any time during the year and earn your qualification over the course of four to nine years from wherever you are in the world! With the OCA, you can study a full BA (Hons) degree in our flexible distance learning model at approximately one third the cost of a degree at a traditional physical university. We have a range of online art courses available, so you can choose from our subject-specific arts degrees if you have a particular discipline you’re passionate about.

Alternatively, the OCA BA (Hons) Creative Arts degree route provides an exciting opportunity if you’re looking to explore more than one creative arts practice. This online art degree allows you to choose from the range of courses, combining the study of art, creative writing, art history, printmaking, sculpture, film making, music, visual communications and photography. You may choose to study poetry and music, for example, or art alongside creative writing.

The range of choices available through the Creative Arts degree is exceptional, enabling you to build the programme around your interests. However, we also offer a range of subject-specific degrees in creative arts subjects, all of which are studied through our flexible online art courses learning methods.

Our online MA in Fine Art is the only distance learning programme of its kind in Europe and is an ideal course for artist practitioners, art teachers, tutors and graduates wishing to take their studies further.

BA (Hons) Creative Arts

Explore our truly multidisciplinary creative arts degree for an exciting journey through diverse artistic forms.

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BA (Hons) Fine Art

An online fine art degree sees you acknowledge and learn from tradition whole pushing forward in contemporary practice.

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MA Fine Art

The only online Master’s degree for fine art available in Europe, studied as a two-year part-time course.

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Graphic Design

BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Explore the creative world around you on our graphic design degree, and develop your unique graphic design practice.

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MA Graphic Design

Our online Master’s degree in graphic design is available as a two-year part-time course, working on your chosen medium.

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BA (Hons) Photography

Our highly popular online photography degree will help you advance in (or even begin!) your photographic journey today.

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BA (Hons) Creative Writing

Discover your voice as a writer and learn the tools to craft the works you’ve always wanted to create – whatever the genre.

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BA (Hons) Drawing

Question your ideas of what drawing can be on our online drawing degree, and discover your creative potential.

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BA (Hons) Illustration

Explore book, editorial, commercial and graphic novel illustration – and beyond! – on our broad-ranging illustration degree.

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BA (Hons) Music

The only online music degree programme of its kind in the world, delivered through distance learning with OCA.

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BA (Hons) Painting

Our online painting degree helps you develop your core skills, methods and approaches in the many practices of painting.

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BA (Hons) Textiles

An online textiles degree with OCA offers a rich exploration of surface, pattern, texture and materials in many forms.

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BA (Hons) Visual Communications

An online visual communications degree will give you the skills and tools to communicate with any given audience.

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BA (Hons) Interior Design

Study an online interior design degree with OCA to explore how you can discover the full potential of different spaces.

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“OCA offers flexible study conditions, a wealth of learning resources and the supportive one-to-one relationship with a tutor. The OCA has an excellent balance between theoretical content and practical application.”

Lina Homer, Visual Communications Student

The OCA’s Undergraduate degree structure

Through accreditation of previous study or of a portfolio of work it may be possible to gain credits which provide exemption from some Level 1 and 2 course units. The MA programme follows a different structure - please view the MA Fine Art page for more details.