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May 2016

Can one film change the language of cinema?

By | Film, Popular Culture

Sebastian Schipper is a German director with a lot of nerve, if not verve. Barred from entry to this year’s Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film because there was too much English in it – I shall return to this later, his genre-busting one-shot movie Victoria, demands of the student of Film Culture some serious reflection.

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Moving up a level

By | Creative Writing, Education, Fine Art, Music, Photography, Student Work, Textiles, Visual Communications

The transition to studying at higher level is one that some students take to like the proverbial duck to water. For others, it’s more of a challenge. What often gets forgotten when we talk about transition are the changes demanded of students as they move from level 1 to level 2 and from Level 2 to level 3. Following the March assessment event we contacted some students who have just completed their first unit(s) on Level 5 and level 6. Here are their thoughts…

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What do you keep in that drawer?

By | Creative Writing, Film, Fine Art, Photography, Student Work, Textiles, Visual Communications

Part 3 of Context and Narrative is all about putting yourself in the picture and exploring your personal identity through your work. Recently there have been a number of collaborative student projects featured on WeAreOCA and OCA student Blas Gonzalez, excited by this part of the course, felt there was potential to do something with his fellow students. Find out how you can take part…

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The Best Camera….

By | Photography

I dread to think how many words have been written on camera and associated equipment reviews. The photography industry is constantly reworking camera and lens models. It feels as if the pressure is always on to upgrade and add more and more pixels. The magazine and online journals seem to profligate this message (of course fueled by the advertising revenue from said equipment companies). It is easy to get caught in a spiral of ‘if only I had this lens my images would be better’.

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Whitworth textiles exhibitions review

By | Galleries, Textiles

Textiles exhibitions are not that common in our national museums and galleries, especially textile design exhibitions, so it’s exciting that the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester is currently host three textiles and surface pattern exhibitions concurrently.

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