Oh my goodness it’s Christmas Eve! Not being funny, but when we talked about launching an advent series no-one mentioned writing all of the blogs. I now have writer’s cramp and have lost a large amount of sanity, can someone please send help…
In Higher Education this is probably the top issue talked about in terms of supporting students, so much so that the Government announced a new University Mental Health Charter in collaboration with the charity Student Minds in June, which is all about working out what is good practical support and rewarding institutions that display this…
If you think interior design is just about choosing fabrics and collecting colour charts, think again. The newest degree to join our expanding range of courses, the Interior Design degree is not an architecture course, nor is it ‘cushions and curtains’ – it sits somewhere between the two.
As an eighteen year old I took a degree in Environmental Sciences in no small part because I thought it would open up more doors for a potential future career than other options. On the flip side I’m losing count now of the number of people I know who started out in a particular field but are now doing a degree in order to move into a different sector.
Anyone who has seen me attempt anything beyond a stickman knows that drawing and painting are not amongst my talents. Fortunately, our tutors know their stuff…
As a youngster who liked to make as much noise as possible, the violin was a natural choice for me… What I enjoyed most though was playing my own harmonies alongside someone else’s tune… Perhaps composition is your thing too, and with a distance learning Music degree centred upon practical work, you should definitely take a look at our courses if so.
Under the Visual Communications umbrella you can study a range of disciplines including graphic design and illustration and explore the overlaps between those and other disciplines within the area.
We understand that the flexibility of distance learning means people from all over choose to study with us, old and young, artists and designers, carers, students with disabilities, students from every possible background.
OCA’s student association or OCASA for short, is a group of altruist students representing the vibrant and diverse body of creative people studying foundations, undergraduate and postgraduate courses in fine art, photography, music, creative writing, textiles and visual communications, to name but a few, with the Open College of the Arts.
The Creative Writing Degree gives you the opportunity to develop your style, and whilst you will be exploring other works as part of study, you’ll be examining your own writing and learning how to sustain your practice.
It’s something to take your time over, both in appreciating it, and developing your own art. Because, Fine Art is experimentation, how far can you push something, how far can you take it until it meets what you want it to do. It’s only through experimentation and trying new things and combinations that you’ll get there.
These characteristics allow OCA to put access at the core of what we do, to join the dots between tutors and students and support opportunities in widening participation and tutor or student led initiatives.