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BA (Hons) Creative Arts

Open College of the Arts
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Undergraduate Education
4-9 years
Online courses
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Course description

BA (Hons) Creative Arts

Do you have a love of all things creative? Inspired by multiple art practices? Or would 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.

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; giving you a grounding in each to form the perfect degree for you.

You’ll learn how to research effectively, critically analyse, reflect and expand your creative confidence.

Suitability - Who should attend?

Creative Arts is an open access, distance learning degree; this means that there are no formal qualifications or experience required to join this course however if you wish to study the Music 1: Composing Music unit must have completed ABRSM Grade 5 Theory for entry.

All OCA courses require students to be IT literate, have a good internet connection, and have a good standard of English equivalent to CEFR B2.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Final Award Title and Type: BA (Hons) Creative Arts

Upon successful completion of the course students are able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principles of the creative arts and knowledge of emerging aspects of the discipline and those at the forefront of the debate.
  2. Demonstrate a breadth of inventiveness, ideas generation and techniques in the creation of creative work.
  3. Demonstrate advanced use of analysis and creative thinking in interpreting and responding to self-initiated projects.
  4. Critically and objectively evaluate own work (and the work of others).

Training Course Content

Core Units

All students learn Creative Arts Today at Level 1. This theoretical unit investigates key themes in Contemporary Art, Creative Reading, Visual Communication, Photography, and Textiles giving you a solid understanding in each and perfect for you to develop a critical understanding of these different areas. Each part develops your skills in research and interpretation through writing.

Optional Units

As you further your journey on Level 1 you will direct your study in two further areas, which will determine the units you study at Level 2:

  • Creative Writing Level 1
  • Creative Writing Level 2
  • Music Level 1
  • Music Level 2
  • Photography and Moving Image Level 1
  • Photography and Moving Image Level 2
  • Fine Art Level 1
  • Fine Art Level 2
  • Textiles Level 1
  • Textiles Level 2
  • Visual Communications Level 1
  • Visual Communications Level 2

At Level 3: All students learn Body of Work, Research, and Sustaining Your Practice. Forming your major project, bringing together everything you’ve learnt over the course and preparing you for life after study. This enables you to continue as a practicing artist and use your degree in your hobbies, interests or career.

Course delivery details

Our Creative Arts degree is split into 8 manageable units; three at Level 1 (HE4), two at Level 2 (HE5), and three at Level 3 (HE6). These 8 units add up to 360 credits needed for your distance learning degree and can be completed at your preference, between a flexible 4-9 years.


UK 2020/21 Fees

  • Foundations: £900 per course
  • Level 1 (HE4): £4,050 for the level
  • Level 2 (HE5): £3,340 for the level
  • Level 3 (HE6): £3,340 for the level

Outside of the UK 2020/21 Fees

  • Foundations: £1,050 per course
  • Level 1 (HE4): £4,500 for the level
  • Level 2 (HE5): £3,690 for the level
  • Level 3 (HE6): £3,690 for the level

Continuing Studies

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.

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Open College of the Arts

We are the Open College of the Arts. An open access, distance learning provider of higher education courses based in Barnsley, UK. We were created by Michael Young in 1987, one of the founders of the Open University, to offer...

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