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Community Level 1andyscars

Quick review of Open College of the Arts

"i studied an OCA photography course (The Art of Photography) last year, it was an extremely worthwhile experience. It went into the practical aspects of photography, and I had produced a mountain of photographs by the end of the course - every one of them far better examples of photography than i ever imagined I could come up with. I'm considering going for the full BA hons degree that they now offer. I would definitely recommend the OCA to anybody wanting to take an art course of any kind. Andy.
05.06.2008

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Community Level 1terry331

terry331

Open College of the Arts worked for me

AdvantagesFlexibility, robust but constrctive challenge from tutors

DisadvantagesNone

"...I grew to appreciate. The open access approach means that anyone with an interest in the subject (in my case painting) can enrol on a first course. Open learning was a new experience for me and took some getting used to. I didn't join in the student forums, so that might colour my opinion. Some people think it is isolating, but I didn't want to spend three years not working and I managed to fit studying in with working full time. It certainly worked ..." Read review
14.09.2010

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Community Level 1Daniel.For...

Daniel.Forsythe

Nothing But Promises

Advantagesstudy from home

Disadvantagesunsupportive learning environment

"I took two courses with OCA as I wanted to learn to paint. I started with Starting To Paint. My experience was dissappointing. The so called 'course' consisted of a series of tasks. There was hardly any actual teaching as I would have expected. The tutors comments I often found to be unrelated to the course content, but rather based on his personal taste which I had understood to be against OCA policy. My painting did not improve by working through ..." Read review
16.09.2010

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Community Level 1naanita

naanita

Very poor indeed

Advantagesthe attractive idea of earning a BA studying from home

Disadvantageslow supports

"...as poor.. I have taken Open University courses and am familiar with distance learning. I found OU courses to be of much higher quality and to have better support systems and better guidelines. ..." Read review
13.09.2010

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Community Level 1ciaobidau

ciaobidau

Low quality learning

Advantagesfreedom to work at your own pace at home

Disadvantagesthe isolation of being completely on your own

"Learning in isolation, only support facility provided by the college is trough their website for students which is very slow and not at all user friendly. In my opinion badly developed learning materials for the painting course I took, essentially they were just a list of projects you were supposed to complete with no actual teaching involved. Excessive course demands for a course that was supposed to be equal to 6 months full time study but was going ..." Read review
13.09.2010

Ciao members have rated this review on average: somewhat helpful



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