Music Degree coming soon
After consulting current music students the OCA Trustees took the decision yesterday to develop an honours degree in music. The degree will have a specific focus on composition and contextual studies. This will be the world’s first open learning composition degree.
We will take the degree specification to a Validation Board at the University for the Creative Arts in the first half of the 2015/16 academic year, with the first new courses appearing in the same year.
One of the factors which influenced the Trustees was the evident commitment from existing students. Here are just a couple of quotes:
‘I think if you develop the course to a full degree and advertise it well that you will increase the take up hugely. I work with thousands of doctors (I am Head of Postgraduate Medical Education at an English university) many of whom are consummate musicians and have expressed a deep interest in my studies in music and composition with the OCA. They had never heard of the OCA (publicity and marketing sorely needed) and the excellent music courses you offer and many, I know, would be interested in following a programme to degree qualification. Your music modules are unique and of exceptional quality and far ahead of anything available…’
‘The Music courses offered by OCA are unique – I’ve found no similar provision at any other institution, including the Open University. They are exciting, challenging and structured with great skill.’
Throughout the consultation we have involved the OCA Student Association music representative, Martin Richardson, and this is what he had to say on hearing the outcome yesterday:
‘ I was pleased with the way that the consultation was conducted and delighted at the outcome. I will be signing up to the new music degree and would encourage my fellow students to give the new courses their full support.’
As our proposals take shape we will keep students updated with further posts on WeAreOCA.