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Blog of the Week: Rob's Learning Blog

Blog of the week this month is Rob’s Learning Blog. It is one of the first illustration learning logs I have seen – the course was only introduced this year, but has has exceeded expectations in terms of enrolments. I was struck not just by the quality of the drawing but also by the effort […]

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Progress on the Student Association

In August we invited volunteers to lead the development of an OCA Student Association. We had a small number of volunteers and Jim Smith was chosen as the student with the most relevant experience to work with us. Yesterday Jim attended his first meeting of the OCA Teaching and Learning Committee and spent time with […]

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Graduating feels good, being hungry less so…

It was fabulous to meet some of our students as they graduated last week at Bucks New University in High Wycombe. A pity we didn’t prepare rather more carefully. Sandra and Margaret were very gracious but it was a shame that Sandra’s father and Margaret didn’t get a meal. It’s a long story, but suffice […]

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Student ID Cards

One of our students has recently been in touch to say that Canon had said that an OCA student card was not sufficient evidence to get a student discount. As a relatively small college this can happen from time to time. However OCA students working towards a Higher Education qualification are now being pre-registered with […]

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Tired but happy

It’s quiet here at the OCA offices today. Gareth and I got back to Sheffield late last night after a long, long day. We were meeting with the University for the Creative Arts to validate our MA in Fine Art. First of all UCA had to satisfy themselves that they wanted to partner with the […]

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'Art can be a way in…'

The Open College of the Arts works with the Prisoners’ Education Trust to enable students in prison to access our courses. It is an important part of our charitable purpose and student fees are met by a combination of OCA bursaries and grants from the Trust. As this work is largely invisible to other students […]

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Blog of the Week: southliving

Blog of the week this month is southliving written by China based OCA photography student Dewald Botha. And written is the operative word, one of the defining features of Dewald’s learning blog is the way that he sets out so clearly his thinking about his work – both in advance of shooting and then subsequently. […]

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The Photography Degree Pathway

Since we have had the BA(Hons) Photography validated earlier this year, significantly larger numbers of students have been asking us how the courses fit together. We think this stuff is all in the Photography Handbook, but then we would, wouldn’t we? The other week we took the opportunity to ask Michael freeman to set out […]

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Blog of the Week: pain and the pastoral

For blog of the week this month we look to Gesa Helms’ pain and the pastoral. This is not so much a OCA learning log as an artist’s reflective notebook and it is fascinating for it. Rather than polished mini-articles we get snippets of thoughts and associations. Many of these thoughts turn to colour, but […]

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