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OCA News: Student Fees from August 2022

We are announcing today, Tuesday 17th May 2022, the fees which will apply to the next academic year (from 1st August 2022 to 31st July 2023).

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Principal’s statement on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Many, if not all, staff and students have been watching the unfolding Russian invasion of Ukraine with horror. We have one student currently studying in Ukraine, and we have tutors working for OCA who have been making work in Ukraine for many decades and have loved ones and colleagues, artists and curators, based there. 

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Barnsley-based global arts college joins DMC creative community

Barnsley-based global arts college joins DMC creative community A global distance learning college which has seen a 30 per cent increase in student enrolments in the past year has moved its headquarters to Barnsley’s Digital Media Centre.   The Open College of the Arts (OCA) delivers a wide range of open access distance learning courses […]

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Equality doesn’t mean treating everyone the same

Like many, I’ve been reflecting on the recent protests following the killing of George Floyd, and the responses to the #BlackLiveMatter, in particular across Higher Education. These have ranged from the extremely thoughtful and sensitive to the very corporate and hollow. This has forced me to take a long hard look at myself and the organisation that I’m very proud to lead the Open College of the Arts and consider are we doing enough to live up to our values of diversity and inclusion?

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Feedback is a gift

Warren Buffett is the latest in a long line of influential people advising us to value the gift of feedback. He explained “Honesty is a very expensive gift; just don’t expect it from cheap people” meaning that the opposite of love isn’t hate, it’s ambivalence.

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Fees for 2019/20

We are announcing today the fees which will apply in the next academic year (from 01 August 2019 to 31 July 2020). We want to keep fees low for all students whilst maintaining the high quality that students have come to expect from OCA.

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Anyone can cook

You will each have your own places that give you happy memories. We want to tap into that potential within each of us by providing opportunities to engage in design practice and to learn design through new programmes at the Open College of the Arts. I’m very excited to announce that the first of these is now ready – we have a foundation in Interior Design which you can sign up for from today.

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