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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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Student stories: Photography

Once again I’m delighted to share that some of our OCA photography degree students have just been selected as finalists in 2021 AOP Student Awards. Huge congratulations to our Judith Bach, Andrew Fitzgibbon and Andy Be.

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Student Association study event: Visual Art and Text thumb

Student Association study event: Visual Art and Text

Join Bryan Eccleshall for two workshops (each two hours long) to explore how text has been used in visual art and to develop your own way of doing it.

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For the last ‘Expressing Your Vision’ groupwork session we decided to try something a little bit different and invited all EYVers from March assessment to share the best of their submissions with their fellow students. The idea was more for a celebration than a crit, but with such a creatively diverse set of assignments there were plenty of questions to be asked and the session naturally developed into a wide ranging discussion on different aspects of the course and photography in general. 

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Has the last year been a delay, distraction, or an inspiration? thumb

Has the last year been a delay, distraction, or an inspiration?

As the lockdowns are (hopefully) drawing to an end, it’s worth looking at examples of how some students have channelled their experiences into their student work. For many people this historic period has provided the opportunity of ready-made subjects for creativity. Not only artists, but the public in general have been getting very creative. Much of this is part of a community spirit to entertain, to lift the mood of others and to brighten up homes that seem increasingly like a scene from Groundhog Day. 

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Format Photography Festival

Format Photography Festival is almost upon us again, running from 12th March to 11th April in Derby and online. This year, OCA Photography tutors Derek Trillo and Jayne Taylor (that’s me) will be co-hosting a virtual ‘festival visit’, with a view to enabling those valuable shared discussions that form such a key part of the […]

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Ear to the ground—  On Photography Group work thumb

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 thumb

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 thumb

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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