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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.

Personal Development Courses


Mixed Media for Textiles

Enhance your ideas and designs through textile mixed media investigations.

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Textiles Vocabulary

Explore the world of textiles using traditional and new techniques.

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Illustration Sketchbooks

A practical exploration of drawing through a range of creative approaches.

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Key Steps in Illustration

The ideal starting place for every budding illustrator out there.

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Expressing Your Vision

Learn how technical decisions you make affect the outcome of your work.

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Scriptwriting

Scriptwriting will equip you with a toolbox of basics, from layout to dialogue.

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Starting Your Novel

If you don’t know where to start, this course will show you the way.

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Writing Skills

Writing Skills will help you learn techniques that will draw the words out of you.

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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.

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Foundation Courses

At the beginning of your higher education journey? Explore our arts foundations.

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Short Courses

Looking for something equally creative but less intensive? Explore our range of arts short courses.

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