Open College of the Arts

We are the Open College of the Arts. 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.

An OCA qualification, be that a degree, Certificate or Diploma in Higher Education, or undergraduate credit, can be a huge achievement for many and opens the doors to new careers, or new lifestyles built around the arts.

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Postgraduate Education
Art & Design Length Price Location Reviews
MA Fine Art 2 years Online courses
Graphic Design
MA Graphic Design 2 years Online courses

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Why choose Open College of the Arts

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 Master's. 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.

Awards & Accreditations

validated degrees

University of Creative Arts

Best postgraduate teaching team

Prospects Post Graduate Awards (2014)

Winner of Secondary School and Higher Education Award

The Big Draw (2019)


Average rating 4.6

Based on 5 reviews.

The flexibility of the course has really helped, I've enjoyed the ability to manage my time. Tutors and course leader are very knowledgeable and help me to improve. And there is support if needed from support services
The tutor input, their encouragement and experience has been great. The course content in all subjects studied has been challenging and helped me improve. The student group set up by student has helped me connect with my peers
My current tutor has been superb and helped me with my research. I'm using the experience and skills I've learnt to curate my own exhibition and develop a design for my book.

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Open College of the Arts

The Michael Young Arts Centre
Room 201, DMC 02, County Way
S70 2JW Barnsley

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