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Ear to the ground— On Photography Group work

Robert Bloomfield and Dan Robinson As online group learning continues to gather pace across the college, we’d like to bring you a short update with the latest developments in Photography. For those who are new to OCA, or have not yet tried group work, these are video based discussions with students and tutors focusing on […]

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A (virtual) study visit with interview and Q&A

A tour of the project Climacteric with OCA student Jane Weinmann In a live discussion, final year photography student Jane Weinman and OCA tutor Derek Trillo will talk about the strategies and approaches Jane used to develop her major project.   The focus will be on topics that students at any level might encounter, with specific […]

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Short Film Collaboration – a painter and photographer talk

Andrew Fitzgibbon (photography level 3) and Paul Butterworth (painting level 2) met up to discuss their recent collaboration on Andrew’s short film, Leeds and Liverpool. Paul, who is a professional actor, liked the idea of swapping modelling for some headshots and posted his suggestion on OCA Discuss. Andrew was near completing his BoW project and […]

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Study Event: Contamination/Curation

Contamination/Curation was an online cross-discipline workshop over two Saturday mornings in October, part of the ongoing series of collaborative online events under the overall banner of Keeping Up Momentum organised by Level 3 photography student Helen Rosemier. This edition supported by tutor Bryan Eccleshall, who asked us to collaborate in randomly assigned groups of five […]

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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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Student stories: Jonathan Lamb & David Fletcher

Two OCA students had the chance to take part in a course with photographer Mimi Mollica at his farmhouse in Sicily recently.  The week started with portfolio reviews with Mimi and Martin Parr.

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Student stories: Anne Bryson, Photography

In this post we celebrate the learning journey of photographer and OCA student, Anne Bryson. Earlier this year, Anne exited the Photography degree at the end of level 2 with the award Diploma in Higher Education (DipHE). After a short study break she decided to take the short course, Investigating Place with Psychogeography and used this to further extend a project exploring the coal mines in the Forest of Dean. She caught up with programme leader Dan Robinson.

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Why enter awards?  You might actually win!

When the global Covid-19 pandemic threw us all into a national lockdown, I – like many other OCA students – watched my university studies grind to a shuddering halt.  My otherwise reasonable progress through Body of Work and Contextual Studies was suddenly stymied by uncertainty, chaos and adventures in homeschooling!  Then I read a #WeAreOCA article about why photography students should enter awards.   

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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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Jerwood to Trinity Buoy Wharf – past winners and potential winners in conversation

It’s great to report that OCA student Alice Powell’s drawing 60 Hours was shortlisted for the 2020 prize. By applying for this she follows in the footsteps of others who feel it’s time to test their work in the ‘real world’, to take a step up and to see what might happen. The process of application and getting as far as she did was a great learning experience and opportunity for Alice.

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