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Is Distance Learning Right for Me?

There are many great advantages of distance learning courses.

You can study from across the world, you can study at your own pace, and you can study while you work.

This makes them a great option for mature students, full-time parents, disabled students who might find a university campus inaccessible, and anyone wanting to develop their creative skills remotely.

Distance learning is flexible and accessible, but it’s not for everyone and can present its own unique set of challenges.

Let’s take a look at how distance learning could work for you.

Course Fees

At OCA, we aim to offer the UK’s best online courses for our arts students at an affordable price. As they’re exclusively delivered online, one of the advantages of distance learning courses is that they’re often cheaper than their university-based counterparts. 

Course Fees Information

Course Timeframes

Unlike other university courses, our part-time undergraduate or master’s degrees studied at home can be completed over a number of years. This means you can study at a steady pace that fits in with your life. 

Course Timeframes Guidance

Getting Assessed

Students will typically submit a digital portfolio of work at the their end of a course unit to an assessment event, which are held three times a year. This means you can work on your assessment submission as you receive tutor feedback, rather than sit an exam. 

How will I be assessed?


Course materials are accessible online at any time through the virtual learning environment, OCA Learn, and you can arrange your own assignment submission dates with your tutor to fit around other commitments. 

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Our Tutors

OCA’s tutors are practising artists, photographers, designers, writers or composers and are experienced teachers at Higher Education level.  You can be confident in your tutor’s ability to help you develop your skills and give you supportive and constructive feedback.

Meet out Tutors

Open Access

Our distance learning courses have been created with open access in mind, meaning you don’t need specific subject related qualifications to study with us. There are minimum entry requirements to meet to ensure you have the right tools to get started.

Review the Entry Requirements

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