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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Open College Of The Arts

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date


  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

Study an MA in Fine Art with OCA

Our MA Fine Art programme is a unique postgraduate course delivered by distance learning.

It’s ideal for creative practitioners who are looking to develop their skills further, tutors who want to develop their own practice to inform their teaching or undergraduates who are looking to progress to postgraduate study outside the conventional higher education syste.

Our MA Fine Art programme was previously a three-year, part-time course offering you academic challenge and unique opportunity to enhance your practice. Launched in 2011, it was the first distance-learning MA Fine Art in Europe. This year, OCA will be establishing a two year teaching model for the MA Fine Art programme which will differ from the previous three year model. Details on the course structure are currently under development. To receive updates, please submit an enquiry form. The two year teaching model is expected to be ready for the 2020/2021 intake, beginning January 2021.

Through online delivery and being part-time, our Fine Art programme is accessible to anyone who, because of work, caring or family commitments, would not otherwise be able to consider studying at higher degree level.

Our MA Fine Art introduces professional practice in your chosen discipline and offers support of your aspirations. The course covers wide range of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, installation, performance, time-based work, digital art and photography. The emphasis of the programme is on studio practice, with theory, context and professional practice integrated throughout.

You’ll travel through the course, along with other students, in a cohort; sharing experiences and learning through group and individual work. The curriculum builds from a more structured programme towards autonomous study, with an emphasis on enquiry, critical reflection and exploration. Through lectures, seminars, tutorials and critiques as well as one-to-one tutorial support, you’ll benefit from the expertise of core course tutors and guest lecturers.

Career choices

This course is extremely flexible and its structure means you can earn while you learn and at the same time advance your career prospects. People studying this MA will be better placed to gain higher level teaching posts in the field of art, or move into creative sectors of employment.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 3,510module

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Open College of the Arts

  • Campus address

    Open College Of The Arts, Michael Young Arts Centre, Redbrook Business Park Wilthorpe Road, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 1JN, England

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