We are delighted and honoured that our CEO Marie-Claire Isaaman has been appointed to the Board of Trustees at the Open College of the Arts (OCA).

The Open College of the Arts is a non-profit educational charity whose charitable purpose is to widen participation in arts education through distance learning methods. All of its degrees are accredited by the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) and, since August 2023 all OCA honours and masters degrees are accredited by The Open University. The College has a range of part-time higher education courses in painting, drawing, photography, music, illustration, graphic design, creative writing, textiles, fine art, sculpture, printmaking, art history and film. The Open College of the Arts allows individuals to study a one-off course or a BA(Hons) degree from anywhere in the world.

Welcoming Marie-Claire to the Board, Will Woods, OCA Principal, said: “The Open College of the Arts is committing to a challenging Equality and Diversity action plan this year to increase diversity at all levels of the organisation. This is to ensure that decisions fully consider the issues that most directly impact those studying part time distance education today, and that decisions are taken with full knowledge of the implications on those with learning difficulties, and from groups where there are huge barriers to study.

“With this in mind I’m hugely grateful to Marie-Claire for accepting the invitation to join the Board of Trustees to help us to develop programmes and courses that will increase the opportunities for women in the Creative Industries and to act as an ambassador for us in that space.”

Women in Games CEO Marie-Claire Isaaman added: “I am delighted to have been invited onto the OCA Board as a trustee at such an important juncture in the development of the organisation. I look forward to contributing and sharing my knowledge and experiences of the creative industries, in particular video games, to this visionary and inclusive education provider. And look forward to working with Will Woods, Principal of OCA, and his team during this important new phase. Women in Games has strong connections with the Education sector through its Education Ambassador Programme and its partnerships with a wide range of universities and the research sector”.

Marie-Claire is also a Trustee for the BGI: Transforming Lives with Games and Chair of the Industry Liaison Group at Futureworks Manchester University for the Creative Industries

To learn more about our the OCA’s creative arts courses, click here –