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New Designers in the making

The Business Design Centre in Islington is a great venue for designers to show their flair, with 65,000 square feet, a graceful iron arch originally designed as the Royal Agricultural Hall, opened in 1862. Now a thriving conference centre, the venue has, for the last couple of weeks, been jammed with creative young people, just […]

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Exposure: voyeurism, surveillance and authenticity

Saturday morning saw me at the Tate Modern with a small group of OCA students to visit the exhibition Exposure: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera. It was a real pleasure to meet a group of students, get their perspectives on the work displayed and get a sense of their experience of studying with the OCA. […]

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Blog of the week: Marmalade Cafe

Blog of the week this month is Marmalade Cafe written and photographed by Penny Watson. Penny enrolled on Art of Photography last year and was encouraged by her tutor to make an APEL application (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning – where you assemble a portfolio of work and a personal statement). The application was successful […]

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Degree shows can inspire

I had a meeting at Bucks New University recently and visited the degree show in Furniture design (a real strength), Textiles Surface Design and Fine Art. Fine Art was really stimulating. It really struck me how useful it would be for OCA students, if at all possible, to get along to any degree shows in […]

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News: courses coming in the next 12 months

OCA is going to be further developing its curriculum in the next 12 months, and there are some exciting new additions to the existing suite as well as a couple of exciting additions to our undergraduate degree programmes. First, there is a new Textiles course at level 1 (HE4) coming in the next few weeks […]

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New Trustees Appointed

I’m very pleased to say that following  our advertising earlier in the year we have appointed The Very Reverend Peter Bradley, Dean of Sheffield, and Professor Jackie Marsh of the University of Sheffield to the Board of Trustees. Professor Jackie Marsh was appointed to a chair in the University of Sheffield’s School of Education in […]

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Money's not too tight to mention

The financial environment facing education is a tough one. It is clear that tough choices  need to be made. Just looking at traditional HE (3 years attendance full-time), as costs rise the Government has a limited range of options. It can restrict access further – something it is already doing. It can push down hard […]

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Blog of the week: Yiannitsa Cegarra

A week is a long time in politics and it can be at We Are OCA too. Essentially we have been so busy producing videos and slideshows and discussing our plans for next year with our Trustees that we haven’t found the time to look at the growing numbers of student blogs. And when we […]

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An Introduction

Hello all! While I wait for the computer to process another drawing video tutorial with Jane Lazenby I thought I’d take the time to introduce myself. My name is Mark Lomas and I’m going to be producing a range of video tutorials and interviews for the OCA as well as photographing some of the artwork […]

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New Life Drawing Video

The latest addition to OCA Elements website is this demonstration by tutor Jane Lazenby of figure drawing using geometrical shapes to establish an outline.

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