Category: Education

OCA Foundations course news


OCA are pleased to announce a new pilot scheme for our Foundations students. As an alternative to assessment students are invited to submit a body of work to OCA Headquarters to receive optional admissions advice from course support advisers, Joanne and Eddie.

About the length of a piece of string


How hard are you supposed to be working? Over the last 3 – 5 years at the Open College of the Arts there has been what could almost be described as a revolution in the proliferation of ways for students to interact with each other, see each other’s work and discuss their courses.

Transfers to the Fine Art degree

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Back in October, we announced that we were adding Fine Art to the degree choice open to students at the OCA. We also said that it would be possible for some existing students to transfer to this new degree. This post sets out the detail on degree transfer opportunities.

That Beach Ball Feeling

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I can clearly remember my first rejection. It was as if someone had released a little valve on me. The sort of little valve that beach balls have so you can blow them up. I didn’t think I’d ever be able to write again.

Learning Through Doing and Experimenting


A couple of months ago I attended a one-day workshop which brought to life the collaborative learning environments of Tom Hudson. The workshop emphasised collaborative and investigative approaches to art making and was led by artist and educator Suzi Tibbetts. Suzi has answered some questions below to help us understand who Hudson was and what his teaching methods were.