Personal development

At the OCA, we believe in lifelong learning.

We recognise that learning doesn’t simply stop at a certain age, it’s something that you continue to do throughout your lifetime. We were originally set up to provide the world with opportunities in the arts, whether that’s the opportunity to study for a creative qualification or simply to enhance your knowledge and practice. 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.

As a learner, you’ll be allocated a specific OCA tutor who is relevant to your subject interest. All of our tutors are experienced practitioners in their own right, to support you through the course. They’ll be able to give you tips and tricks on techniques, critical feedback on your work, insights into the industry, answer any queries and much, much more. There is no formal assessment element, 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, some of which have been developed from our undergraduate programmes, or our other specially commissioned short art courses.  Start by choosing from our selection of units, studying what interests you most, or build up a portfolio by selecting units from different areas to enhance your knowledge and skills.

OCA’s personal development offer is designed to be flexible, supportive, and an enjoyable creative challenge. Take a look at what you can study with us and enrol today.