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Short courses

CPD-accredited university short courses with OCA


Study short courses online that will help you to get creative and advance your career.

Focusing on a single topic, these short courses run for 8-10 weeks. Designed and led by OCA’s expert tutors, you will go deep into a topic and develop expertise yourself in topical issues.

All our short art courses are CPD accredited, meaning you can be rewarded and advance your career while studying.

If you are interested in exploring around a subject, these courses are ideal to supplement your existing or planned study, or to take as a standalone course.

The Photography as Language course is adapted from our highly popular online photography degree, while Investigating Place with Psychogeography is a unique, multi-disciplinary exploration of physical environments.

Assessing your options


Our range of online short courses was launched in Spring 2020 in light of Covid-19 lockdowns, which threw many education and career plans into disarray.

Designed to be accessible, affordable and practical, these short art courses take place over a much quicker timeframe that is packed with engaging course content, with the added bonus of CPD accreditation.

Their popularity during lockdown periods has led to us continuing these courses for 2021/22. Whether you’re weighing up your career options, exploring the next step in your education or simply trying to stay creative through unpredictable times, take a look at our short courses below – you might find the perfect fit.

Available Short Courses


Photography as Language

Learn the theoretical and technical skills on how to think about photography.

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Investigating Place with Psychogeography

How do different places make us feel and behave? Explore and investigate place.

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Any questions?

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Are Short Courses right for you?


Short courses are a fantastic way to explore a new topic while also keeping on top of your CPD.

But there are other options – our personal development courses are more intensive and offer a lot more subjects to study, while our Foundation courses are the perfect place to begin more formal academic qualifications.

Personal Development

Browse our more intensive personal development courses.

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Foundation Courses

Begin your higher education journey with an arts foundation course.

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