Open College of the Arts (OCA)

Open College of the Arts (OCA)

Description

The open College of the Arts (OCA) is a vibrant community of painting, drawing, textiles, photography, writing and design students, offering home-study courses to students worldwide. You can study for a BA Hons degree with OCA, or take courses purely for personal development.


  • Study at your own pace
  • Start your course at any time
  • Study at home
  • Work with an artist, designer, photographer or writer as your tutor
  • No entry requirements
  • No exams
  • Study for pleasure, qualification or a degree.

Top courses

  • Course
  • Distance Learning
  • 10 Months

...This course is aimed at beginners but experienced artists and designers can also take this course to improve their drawing. Drawing Course Overview Anyone can learn to... Learn about: Life Drawing... More


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Writing 1: Poetry - Distance Learning course
Open College of the Arts (OCA)
  • Course
  • Distance Learning
  • 12 Months

...think about what poetry is and what it can do. It explains and illustrates the essential elements of the art and craft of poetry. What does the course cover?... Learn about: Creative Writing... More


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Composing Music 1 - Distance Learning course
Open College of the Arts (OCA)
  • Course
  • Distance Learning
  • 10 Months

...words and music Course Assessment You will receive comments and direction from your tutor throughout the course. If you choose to have your work formally assessed... Learn about: Music Theory... More


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Photography 1: Art of Photography - Distance Learning course
Open College of the Arts (OCA)
  • Course
  • Distance Learning
  • 12 Months

...will receive comments and direction from your tutor throughout the course. If you choose to have your work formally assessed, you will receive details... Learn about: Social Photography, Landscape Photography, Portrait Photography... More


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  • Course
  • Distance Learning
  • 12 Months

...This course looks at the specialised area of photographing landscapes and deals with the technical control of large subjects and with working in variable natural lighting... Learn about: Landscape Photography, Digital Photography... More


£ 695
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  • Course
  • Distance Learning
  • Beginner
  • 12 Months

...beginners or a more experienced printmaker looking for a new and broader approach to their work. Printmaking Course Overview Printmaking is an exciting... More


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Sculpture 1 - Distance Learning course
Open College of the Arts (OCA)
  • Course
  • Distance Learning
  • 10 Months

...carve and construct your own pieces. Suitable for: People interested in learning about sculpture. People interested in learning about sculpture. Sculpture... More


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  • Course
  • Distance Learning

...Higher Education Credit: 40 credit points at Level 1. Materials: A course pack is provided and will be sent to you by post. The course provides an extensive... More


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  • Course
  • Distance Learning
  • 10 Months

...interiors and landscapes. Course Assessment You will receive comments and direction from your tutor throughout the course. If you choose to have your work formally assessed... Learn about: Art History... More


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History

OCA was founded by Michael Young, Lord Young of Dartington, to offer distance learning courses in the visual arts, filling what he considered a 'serious gap' in the home-study market. Lord Young was responsible for the original idea of the Open University and was disappointed that it didn't include arts courses. "It was thought impossible to run distance learning arts courses at higher education level". But the OCA has proved that this is not the case. It has a network of tutors nationwide offering distance and face-to-face tuition.Its original art and design courses became so popular that bigger premises became essential and in 1989 it moved to Barnsley, and introduced new subjects such as design, photography, creative writing and music.The OCA is an open access college. No formal qualifications are required and there are no age limits. You can enrol at any time of the year. Since its inception it has enrolled more than 50,000 students worldwide.

Advantages of studying here

Get a BA Hons Degree (3 options) Study at your own pace Start your course at any time Study at home Work with an artist, designer, photographer or writer as your tutor No entry requirements No exams Study for pleasure, career or a qualification.

Areas of specialisation

Fine Art
Photography
Art History
Creative Writing
Music
Textiles Design