Personal Development | The Open College of the Arts | Distance Learning Degrees and Courses
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Personal development

At the OCA, we believe in lifelong learning.

Personal development is all about learning new things, or old things, all the way through your life.

Learning doesn’t stop at a certain age, it’s something that you continue to do throughout your lifetime. Our mission is to give people opportunity to access the arts. Whether studying for a qualification or to enhance your knowledge and practice, you can do that with OCA. So if you want to learn something new, embrace a creative challenge but don’t wish to study for a qualification, we have you covered.

How do I study personal development?

An OCA tutor will guide you through the course. As experienced practitioners in their own right they’ll give you tips and tricks to help your practice. In addition, they’ll provide critical feedback on your work, industry insights, answer any queries and much, much more. There is no formal assessment, so you can use your feedback to help develop your ongoing practice and learning. Currently personal development students do not have access to our online library.

You can choose from a range of courses to suit your interests.  Mix and match across subjects or stick to one area; the choice is yours. You can build up a portfolio by selecting units from different areas to enhance your knowledge and skills.

Personal Development with OCA is be flexible, supportive, and an enjoyable creative challenge. Take a look at what you can study with us and enrol today.

Writing Skills

An introduction to creative prose writing skills, developing your own creative style and to inspire and encourage you to begin writing creatively.

Writing Skills

Scriptwriting

Scriptwriting will equip you with a writer’s toolbox filled with the basics: how to lay out a script professionally; how to structure your screenplay; the do’s and don’ts of writing compelling dialogue; and breathing life into your characters.

Scriptwriting

Starting Your Novel

Lay the groundwork and outline the process for starting your novel. You’ll cover genres, styles and research; approaches to planning and outlining, and reinforce basic writing skills including the creation of strong characters, descriptive writing, dialogue, pace, structure, and editing.

Starting Your Novel