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Perception: Where Science and Art Meet. Sort Of.

The important point is our brains are wired in a certain way and we invent and build the world in our heads as much as perceive it as ‘truth’. This is important for anyone attempting to represent three dimensions in two. The world is indeed out there but perhaps capturing it requires more intervention than we might initially think.

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MA Applications Open – October 2021/2022 Intake

Applications are now open to study the two year, part-time MA Fine Art and MA Graphic Design courses for the 2021/2022 October intake. Through online delivery the courses are accessible to anyone who, because of work, caring or family commitments, would not otherwise be able to consider studying at a higher degree level. Both courses […]

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Beeple’s ‘Everydays’: The Value of Digital Artwork

Last week an artwork sold at Christie’s Auction House for $65m (about £47m). ‘Everydays: The First 5,000 Days’ by the American artist Beeple (better known to his family as Mike Winkelmann) is now the most expensive piece of digital art ever created, but its provenance and value are not contained within the work itself, as […]

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MA Fine Art Webinar and Q&A

If you are interested to find out more about postgraduate study on OCA’s MA Fine art course, you are most welcome to attend a webinar with the Fine Art Programme Leader Caroline Wright. Tuesday 17th November – 5:30pm – 6:30pm You will learn about the curriculum, how studying works at OCA and how to apply, […]

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Motivated to work in Equality and Diversity

The motivations for my becoming the OCA student representative for Equality and Diversity are deeply embedded in my personal experiences of racial and social class based injustices. I felt that this personal context was important to illustrate my interest and commitment to the role. But equally I wanted to add a real life dimension to the discussion on equality and diversity.

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Printmaking studios at home

During covid lockdown I’ve been so grateful I have a studio space at home. I was reflecting how my OCA students use their homes as studios. I asked a number of printmaking students to reflect and share how they made printmaking spaces within their homes.

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Student stories: Alison Dollery

I came across an advert for the Open Collage for the Arts and joined in 2015, enrolling for the new Fine Art Programme in 2016. Distance learning has allowed me to study completely at my own pace, with flexibility around my two young children (who were two and five when I joined the OCA) and part time work.

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Printmaking with OCA

The ambitious and expressive Printmaking images by OCA students below demonstrate the diversity of response to the exciting courses that enable students to explore both context and ideas within the processes of printmaking.

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OCA wellbeing: On self-care

Increasing online presence may result in online fatigue with visual and somatic symptoms. To Self- care and to be aware of changing habits and maladaptive behaviour patterns may overcome not only chronic ‘online’ disease but also negative impact on concentration, mood and emotions. 

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