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Making the course work for you

By | Creative Writing, Film, Fine Art, graphic design, Illustration, Music, Photography, Popular Culture, Student Work, Textiles, Visual Communications, We Are OCA

As a tutor for the OCA I have at times had expressed to me a frustration from students on aspects of the course projects being a bit “vague”, or to put it another way, that there isn’t a clear set of instructions, such as “do this, now do that, in order to produce X,” and I thought it might be beneficial to current students to discuss this topic in a bit more detail…

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Conceptual Art in Britain 1964–1979

By | Creative Writing, Film, Fine Art, Galleries, Music, Photography, study visit, Study Visits, Textiles, Visual Communications, We Are OCA

Join OCA tutor Robert Enoch on the 20 August at Tate Britain. In the 1960s artists began to abandon traditional approaches and made ideas the essence of their work. This fascinating exhibition explores this pivotal period in British history.

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Inspiring fairy tales

By | Film, Popular Culture, We Are OCA

The Film Culture module asks the student to consider the part of myth and fantasy within the various genres of cinema and how this has influenced many aspects of the way we consume content, from the comic-strip and illustrated novels that spawned the Marvel franchise, to the contribution of Japanese cinema. When cinema embraces the fairy tale and speaks to audiences of all ages – invariably with animation, but not always, the experience of cinema can be truly immersive.

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Masters of their universe

By | Film

Weekends are special. Forget the sports pages, the first I read are film-reviews. Sunday delivered a serendipitous piece by Patrick Kingsley in the Guardian who interviewed Gianfranco Rosi about his latest masterful film Fire at Sea. It was Rosi’s mention of Michael Moore and the difference in their approach to film-making that determined my cinema-going this week as I was able to see both films at the same venue in a self-select double bill.

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Making the most of the OCA community

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

At the OCA, our main way of connecting with each other is online which can feel more distant to meeting up face-to-face. But, if you’re a modern-day-human embracing social media, then how much of your social life is conducted and organised online now anyway? Whilst there’s plenty of debate to be had about whether this way of communicating is more beneficial, there’s no denying its popularity.

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Double bills can be revealing

By | Film, Popular Culture

Travelling to the movies can be expensive, so any opportunity to maximise viewing and minimise cost is to be encouraged. Today, with most cinemas being multi-plex it is often possible to watch two films one after the other at the same venue.

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Edinburgh Festival 2016

By | Creative Writing, Film, Fine Art, Galleries, Music, Photography, Popular Culture, Textiles, Visual Communications

Edinburgh Festival is actually a suite of festivals. I think probably what most people think of now as the Edinburgh Festival is actually a fringe festival, developed as an adjunct to the Edinburgh International Festival. We now have 12 festivals running in Edinburgh, with 6 of those running concurrently during August.

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To cite, or not to cite…

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

That is the question…. of plagiarism!
One of the issues that crops up repeatedly around assessment time is referencing academic writing. What do I reference? How do I reference? How do I know if it needs referencing? – all these are perfectly valid questions and frequent concerns.

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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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