I am very pleased to announce that today the Open College of the Arts is joining the University for the Creative Arts. We have been working with UCA since 2010 and they have validated all of our degrees since September 2012. During that time we have developed a culture of mutual respect which has made the choice of a formal merger a very easy one to make.
UCA has been offering art and design education for more than 150 years. Today, UCA is the second largest provider of creative arts education in Europe and is ranked first for arts education in London and the Southeast. This year, UCA was named a top 40 UK university, entering the Guardian University League Tables at position 39, with its School of Architecture ranked fifth in the subject listings. UCA was also identified as one of the country’s leading universities – and the UK’s top arts university – for teaching quality, after being ranked 14th in this category by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.
The enthusiasm at OCA is matched at UCA, with Professor Simon Ofield-Kerr, Vice-Chancellor of UCA, saying: ‘This new stage of the relationship between two established higher education creative arts providers reflects the needs of today’s students by offering more choice about how and when to study, whether you are starting out on a career in the creative arts sector or fulfilling long-held creative ambitions in retirement.’
The OCA will continue to have a Board of Trustees and it will be strengthened with the membership of two Deputy Vice-Chancellors at UCA, Alan Cooke and Professor Roni Brown. In the short term, students will see very little change, but joining the University creates opportunities. Opportunities, we will be discussing with the Trustees. For now it is a case of ‘watch this space’.
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