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Degree and foundation-level music distance learning with OCA

Through the OCA, you can fulfil your creative potential in music through the study of composition and contexts.

Centred upon practical work, our courses provide learners with the skills required for a career in music, including composition, orchestration and arrangement, to practically implement their historical knowledge.

Practical aspects of study in music are supported by musicological units that encourage a broadening of knowledge through research, demonstrating the important relationship between theory and practice. Learners will gain an overview of music history, an understanding of harmony, analysis and form, and experience in compositional techniques.

What is an online music composition course?

An online music composition course offers all the content and assessment found in a standard music composition course – delivered entirely through remote learning methods. This will allow you to explore the art of music composition, broaden your music theory knowledge, and develop your composition skills from your own home, anywhere around the world.

Music college courses including OCA’s distance learning foundation and degree level music composition courses allow you to study at your own pace. You’ll be able to balance your studies with your personal life, so you can continue to work or manage parental or caring responsibilities while completing your online music composition course.

Study music composition with OCA and enrol onto one of our online music courses today

If you’re searching for music courses near you – an online music composition course could be perfect. Study music composition in the comfort of your own home, will all the support of a traditional music college course.

OCA’s music composition courses are open access meaning you can apply to enrol without prior music qualifications. In order to complete your composition units, you’ll need to pass ABRSM Grade 5 in Music Theory – which all music students must complete during their studies.

If you’re just beginning to explore the art of music composition, our foundation course is perfect for beginners. If you’re looking to take your studies to the next level, our degree level online music composition course or multi-disciplinary creative arts course could be the one for you.

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BA (Hons) Music

To get started on your learning journey through music, take a look at the BA (Hons) Music degree programme.

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BA (Hons) Creative Arts

Combine your musical interests with another discipline on the BA (Hons) Creative Arts degree programme.

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Music - Open Foundation

If you’re new to music and would really like to study the degree, we recommend taking a look at our Foundations in Music course to prepare you for the degree programme.

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