I began studying in January 2012. I chose to study with OCA because of the flexible study conditions, a wealth of learning resources and the supportive one-to-one relationship with a tutor. The degree structure appealed to me as it had an excellent balance between theoretical content and practical application. I found that being able to schedule and organise my own workload helped me to feel in control of my whole learning process. As a result I have gained confidence in my creative abilities, research, reflection and technical skills, and advanced my knowledge in visual communications and contemporary art.