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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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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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Student Work: Helmuts Feldmanis

By | Music, Student Work

Early in 2015 I wrote the WeAreOCA blog ‘Go on, get it played!’ about the advantages of students gaining knowledge through collaborations. These experiences are often crucial in developing orchestration skills and a personal compositional voice. Recently, OCA music student Helmuts Feldmanis got in touch about one of his recent collaborations.

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Remote collaborations: Atlantic Fusion

By | Music, Student Work

One of the many benefits of the rapid pace of technological advancement in music software, and of the internet, are the increased possibilities open to collaborating creatively from remote locations; creating music with people that have never even physically met!

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Andrew Howe: In Parallel

By | Education, Fine Art, Galleries, Student Work

Level 3 Creative Arts student Andrew Howe has an exhibition opening this Friday at Participate Contemporary Artspace in Shrewsbury. Andrew is one of OCA’s longstanding students starting almost 12 years ago, this exhibition marks the end of his degree as he brings together his painting and photographic practice.

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