A lot has changed in the thirty years since Michael Young founded OCA. Cassettes became CDs, which then became downloads, and then streaming. Liverpool won their last league title just three years after we became a thing, and are still searching for the next one. Mario Brothers were all the rage… and still are, surprisingly.
Much has changed, including the mission that the OCA is on. We’ve revised our mission to ensure that we are still helping those in need in a modern world. We were founded to provide a route into creative arts education for anyone who wanted to. That hasn’t changed; we are still open, no qualifications needed to join us. What has changed is our focus:
“At the forefront of student-led creative arts education through open, enhanced, & supported distance learning, for an evolving society.”
We want to make sure that the courses we provide are relevant for the needs of today, that we help you learn with new, cutting edge educational research at the heart of our learning model, and that you, our students, are at the heart of it.
Some things haven’t changed, including our commitment to a route into higher education for everyone. The values that we stand for as an organisation, are all built around that; access:
Access to Higher Education without barriers
Access to high-quality courses that are relevant for the world we live in
Access to expert professionals who will guide you on your creative journey
Access to the support you need to be successful
Access to an inclusive organisation where everything we receive and provide goes towards improving the student experience
Access is what underpins all that we do. Access is how we keep going after thirty years.
This is the start of our advent calendar, and over the next twenty-three days we’ll be showing you how access goes to the heart of what OCA is and does.
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