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Personal voice

By | Creative Writing, Education, Film, Fine Art, Music, Photography, Textiles, Visual Communications, We Are OCA

This a term that comes up from time to time in assessment criteria at OCA and most other art schools and has been the subject of a thread in the Student forums. The difficulty is that it is one of those phrases that is extremely difficult to explain even when one has quite a deep understanding of what it means.
Well…here goes…

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Fun, challenging and relevant

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

As any student with experience of the OCA’s Creative Arts Today course will know, exploring how different creative disciplines interact and promote exciting points of discussion and debate is really important. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach to learning helps you to develop new (and more flexible) methods, new lines of questioning, new specialist and transferable skills, and new strategies for resolving some of the challenges that may face you in your practice.

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How you see it?

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

I have just finished speaking to a student as part of a telephone tutorial. He is at that mid point in a project and the conversation was about taking the next steps forward. There were a few points that he made in his discussion that made me confident that he had achieved clarity and a sense of direction on the project that he was working on. “It is how I see it” was his comment to me. This was a definite statement, not a proposition, not a question. “It is how I see it” – here was a moment of realisation at the point he is it currently at.

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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 anxiety of influence

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

I have been to several exhibitions over the last few weeks and have been aware how important earlier artists have been to the ones that follow them. The phrase “anxiety of influence” was coined by the American literary critic, Harold Bloom in his eponymous book about poets, published in 1973. And writers have been worrying about it ever since. Visual artists seem less worried.

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Giving up too soon

By | Creative Writing, Student Work

The following blog post is written by OCA student Christine Gutsell… “I want to be very honest: I find creative writing difficult. On the one hand I have an inner compulsion to write but on the other I have a fear of committing myself to the page.”

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The nearest faraway place

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

The nearest faraway place has been a bounding collaborative experience for 35 OCA students spanning almost three years. Students worked together to create the handmade book which is more or less 9.60 meters long and about 2.5 cm thick. Read about the project and see the results…

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