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The Patricia Farrar Award for Painting thumb

The Patricia Farrar Award for Painting

I am delighted to announce that OCA level 3 student Anna Barnard was selected as the 2022 winner of this prize.

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OCA’s online degree showcase – Live! thumb

OCA’s online degree showcase – Live!

I am delighted to announce that our first ever degree showcase at OCA launches this week at https://showcase.oca.ac.uk/. Students from the Creative Arts, Creative Writing, Painting, Photography and Textiles undergraduate degrees are all represented and the work is absolutely stunning.

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OCA Alumni: Jason Dimmock thumb

OCA Alumni: Jason Dimmock

Congratulations to OCA Alumnus Jason Dimmock whose portrait of Ashley Walters is one of the winners in this year’s Portrait of Britain awards by @BJPhoto.

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OCA Alumna – Mary-Joyce Davis thumb

OCA Alumna – Mary-Joyce Davis

OCA BA (Hons) Textile graduate Mary-Joyce Davis would like to invite you to join her for the Live online preview of Drawn From Borders today – Thursday 21 May at 12.30pm on Facebook.

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Student stories: A new collaboration thumb

Student stories: A new collaboration

Who would have known that an OCA SW study day led by Moving Image lead, Matt White, and a new music & visual art collaboration initiated by Music lead Carla Rees, would have led to a Happening, which led to a photographic exploration, which led to doodle-making which led to an illustrated short story which has nothing to do with moving image or music – at least for the time being?

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Student stories: Martin Richardson, Music thumb

Student stories: Martin Richardson, Music

In order to complete the project successfully, it proved necessary to learn a lot of new skills. The OCA courses provided me with an excellent foundation, not only in terms of learning about the fundamentals of composition, but also how to undertake research and to work in a structured way.

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