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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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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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The Joys of Medieval Music

By | Music, We Are OCA

Recently while working on the new Foundations in Music course I realised just how unfamiliar most people are with the music and composers of the medieval period. Much of the music and many of the names are long lost but some have remained.

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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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