About

Welcome to our online degree show 2021 where we are celebrating and showcasing a number of our graduates from across five of our degree programmes. We are the Open College of the Arts. 

OCA is an open access, distance learning provider of higher education courses based in Barnsley, UK.

We were created by Michael Young in 1987, one of the founders of the Open University, to offer high quality arts courses as a means to transform lives, with the opportunity to develop and express creative talents under the guidance of experienced artists.

Over 2000 people study with us every year as part of a truly global community representing 67 nationalities worldwide on 13 degree programmes and one Masters. We reach people in every walk of life, with over 20% of our students having a declared disability, and many students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and with no qualifications.

Our students come from every walk of life imaginable, fitting work, family, caring responsibilities and everything else alongside study and more besides.

Download our exhibition catalogue here and visit our website www.oca.ac.uk to find out more about our courses. #WeAreOCA