BA (Hons) Creative Arts Degree | Online Courses | Open College of the Arts (2022)

Study a Creative Arts degree with OCA

Do you have a love of all things creative? Are you inspired by multiple art practices? Or would you love to experiment with a variety of medias?

Our Creative Arts BA (Hons) degree is truly multidisciplinary and is specially designed for you to enjoy the freedom to explore artistic practices and express your unique voice as a creative. Your journey on this course includes the opportunity to create original and exciting ways to communicate complex ideas and concepts through a variety of visual languages.

Studying a creative arts degree online gives you the flexibility to study in your own space, at your own pace, while being supported by OCA’s tutors and student community.

You’ll explore all areas of the creative arts, providing the finest opportunity to explore your artistic skills and identity. Disciplines range from Creative Writing, Poetry, Scriptwriting, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles, Photography, Moving Image, Graphic Design, Illustration and Music. The course will give you a grounding in each of your chosen areas to form the perfect degree for you.

What is a BA Creative Arts course?

Creative Arts is a broad, practice-based course, that encompasses a wide variety of visual and non-visual disciplines for students to select as part of their tailor-made creative journey. The course offers students a choice of relevant subjects and through regular tutor support builds these into the learning structure, with a view towards broader engagement with the arts. The course is interdisciplinary in the way it engages students with ideas in the wider world and applies this to a creative practice made up of two or more disciplines.

This interdisciplinary course is structured to deliver a broad array of content and provide opportunities for both personal and professional development in students choice of disciplines.

Students’ individual practices will develop out of the connections they form between the subjects covered and their practical work from their distinct chosen disciplines. The three stages of study provide a framework for pacing the content, affording regular points of contact with their tutor to guide their learning and assist in their choices.

Our online creative arts degree is designed for students who wish to fulfil their ambitions for a diverse practical and critical engagement with the arts and understand how their unique creative voice situates itself within contemporary practice and the broader cultural world.

We regularly review our curriculum; therefore, the programme of study described on this page – including its availability, its structure, and available units – may change over time. If we make changes to this programme, we’ll update this page as soon as possible. Once you’ve registered or are studying this programme, where practicable, we’ll inform you in good time of any upcoming changes. If you’d like to know more about the circumstances in which OCA might make changes to the curriculum please contact enquiries@oca.ac.uk.

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Course Structure

As of September 2021, the BA Hons Creative Arts course will deliver 3x 40 credit units in each Level of the course.* You can watch a conversation with programme leader (Doug Burton) and unit developer (Rachel Smith) about the first core unit of the degree, Experience Creative Arts here.

Level 1

Students encounter the term interdisciplinarity to understand what it means and how they will apply it to their studies. Subjects explored include time, place, global and cross-cultural perspectives, and how to use research from within and outside of the arts to apply to their practical work. Students also test and experiment with skills from a range of disciplines before choosing their distinct creative path. Level 1 students have the opportunity to show their work online as part of an end of level peer-reviewed presentation that forms a bridge to their studies at Level 2.

Level 2

Students develop their understanding through interdisciplinary thinking. We encourage an emphasis on finding your distinct creative voice through developing your practical work across disciplines. A furthering of research of your perspective on the world and how you form relations to subjects that interest you is crucial to your development. Students test their interdisciplinary creative language and are encouraged to take risks in preparation for Level 3.

Level 3

Level 3 units provide students with a breadth of intellectual, practical and transferable skills required for a range of roles in the creative arts. The level requires students to answer key questions defining the nature of their interdisciplinary practice, articulating their ideas, researching the theory and applying it to their creative work. Students are encouraged to progress their studies, and the course provides them with the opportunity to collaborate online, present their work as they establish external projects for further application of their interdisciplinary studies in either a professional or personal context.

*For current students enrolled to a Level of this degree prior to September 2021, existing units across all levels will remain available as ‘teach out’ units to ensure no students are disadvantaged due to the changes. Once enrolled to a new level, students will follow the new degree pathway.

Programme Specification 2022/23 New Curriculum

This Programme Specification is for all units on the new curriculum

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Programme Specification 2022/23 Running Out Curriculum

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Programme Specification 2023/24 New Curriculum

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Programme Specification 2023/24 Running Out Curriculum

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Creative Arts Accessibility Statements

Accessibility statements give an indication of the type and format of content, teaching, and learning activities on the course, and how these are ordinarily delivered.

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Foundations

£935

Per course

Level 1 (HE4)

£4,500

For the level

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Level 2 (HE5)

£4,500

For the level

Level 3 (HE6)

£4,500

For the level

Total approximate undergraduate fees

Breakdown of costs...

Level 1 (HE4)

£1,360

Per course unit (4o credits)

All of the OCA’s Level 1 (HE4) course units are worth 40 credits each. If you’re studying towards an Open degree, you’ll need three Level 1 (HE4) course units to gain the necessary 120 credits to move on to Level 2 (HE5).

Deposit is £430 followed by 7 monthly instalments of £140.

Level 2 (HE5)

£1,360

Per course unit (4o credits)

All of the OCA’s Level 2 (HE5) course units are worth 40 credits each. If you’re studying towards an Open degree, you’ll need three Level 2 (HE5) course units to gain the necessary 120 credits to move on to Level 3 (HE6).

Deposit is £430 followed by 7 monthly instalments of £140.

Level 3 (HE6)

£4,080

For the level

OCA’s Level 3 (HE6) course units hold differing amounts of credits depending upon the given Open degree pathway. Two 40 credit units are studied concurrently and the deposit for these two units is £860 followed by 7 monthly instalments of £280.

Foundations

£1,075

Per course

Level 1 (HE4)

£5,160

For the level

Level 2 (HE5)

£5,160

For the level

Level 3 (HE6)

£5,160

For the level

Total approximate undergraduate fees

Breakdown of costs...

Level 1 (HE4)

£1,560

Per course unit (40 credits)

All of the OCA’s Level 1 (HE4) course units are worth 40 credits each. If you’re studying towards a degree, you’ll need three Level 1 (HE4) course units to gain the necessary 120 credits to move on to Level 2 (HE5).

Deposit is £560 followed by 7 monthly instalments of £150.

Level 2 (HE5)

£1,560

Per course unit (40 credits)

All of the OCA’s Level 2 (HE5) course units are worth 40 credits each. If you’re studying towards a degree, you’ll need three Level 2 (HE5) course units to gain the necessary 120 credits to move on to Level 3 (HE6).

Deposit is £560 followed by 7 monthly instalments of £150.

Level 3 (HE6)

£4,680

For the level

OCA’s Level 3 (HE6) course units hold differing amounts of credits depending upon the given degree pathway, and therefore are varied in cost. For individual pricing, please see the individual course unit pages on this website. Two 40 credit units are studied concurrently and the deposit for these two units is £1,120 followed by 11 monthly instalments of £300.

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More Information
  • Course Fees

    With the OCA, you can study a BA (Hons) degree in our flexible online learning model at approximately one third the cost of a degree at a traditional physical university.

    Students study and pay for the course on a unit-by-unit basis, so you only pay for the course as you enrol to each unit.

    This course is eligible for a part-time tuition fee loan from Student Finance England, Wales and Northern Ireland, or you can self-fund the course and break down costs even further through the deposit and instalment option. Find out more about your funding options here.

  • Equipment, Software and Other Costs

    You will require regular use of a computer or laptop and internet access. Most essential reading materials can be accessed through the digital library services and eBooks.

    Students are responsible for sourcing and, where necessary, purchasing any additional software and resources specified. These can be around £400 at Level 1, £500 at Level 2, and £550 at Level 3. Where possible, open or freeware equivalents will be discussed alongside industry standard options.

    On this course, resources will vary depending on which creative disciplines you study. You will be introduced to various disciplines within your first two units, after which you can make an informed decision about where you take your creative practice.

    You may be eligible for any student discounts on computer equipment and software by using your student email, and you can find out more information about student discounts here.

  • Study Requirements

    Our courses are designed with open access in mind, meaning you don’t need specific subject qualifications to enrol. You can review the study requirements here so you’re prepared for online study at higher education.

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    If you plan to study Music on this degree course, you will need to have prior knowledge of music theory, specifically Grade 5 of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music or equivalent.

  • Start Date

    We accept enrolment for our BA (HONS) courses all year round, so you can start at a time that suits you. You don’t need to wait for a specific intake month, simply complete the online enrolment form and indicate your preferred start date.

    When applying for a Student Finance tuition fee loan, this may take 4- 6 weeks to process, so select a start date reflective of this. If you are also applying for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and would like this support to be in place before beginning your course, please allow 14 weeks from when you begin your application to your start date.

  • Course Duration

    Our part-time degree courses are completed on average between 6 and 9 years. The degree is structured into three levels (instead of three years) so you’re able to manage study around other commitments.

    Once enrolled, you’ll have a maximum of 12 years to complete your degree course. There are unit and level timeframes within the overall degree time frame, and you’ll need a minimum of 10 study per week to keep on track. To find out more about course duration and managing your time, click here.

  • How it Works

    Your course materials are accessible online through the virtual learning environment, OCA Learn, where you’ll also have access to student forums, a subject space, the student handbook and the online library. You’ll work primarily from a set text of course materials and resources, but can also sign up to webinars, workshops and study groups in addition to your core learning.

    Once you’ve completed the required assignments within a course unit and received tutor feedback, you’ll submit a portfolio of work to an assessment event. This gives you the opportunity to develop your work before you have it formally assessed to achieve credits towards your degree.

  • Upon completing our BA (Hons) Creative Arts degree, you’ll be set with skills to achieve great things. You could use your practice as a Creative Director, Designers and Illustrator, Photographer, Printmaker, Web developer, to Stylists or Glass Blowers, the options are endless. Prospects can help you with a variety of options of where your degree could take you.

    In May 2022 the Department for Culture, Media, & Sport estimated there were some 2.3 million jobs in the UK creative industries, and post pandemic the Creative Industries are growing faster than the UK economy as a whole.

  • Academic Regulatory Framework (ARF)

    The Academic Regulatory Framework (ARF) regulations are applicable to all taught courses offered by the Open College of the Arts
    (OCA), and leading to an undergraduate award of the University for the Creative Arts (UCA).

    You can review the ARF through the link below:

    Academic Regulatory Framework

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