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Student stories: Ange Mullins

I’m Ange, a Creative Arts student, and I’m within touching distance of the finishing  line after many years of study with OCA. I began in about 2008, although I can’t  now recall exactly when I signed up with what was then a very different OCA. I  joined purely as a means to learn more about ‘art’, a promise validated with a  certificate of completion at the end, along with a vague suggestion to have work  assessed; little did I realise that my journey would culminate with a BA (Hons) Creative Arts Degree. 

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Student work: Archive as Creative Presentation 

This blog post introduces the production of a creative archive by ECA student Tim Harbridge. Tim’s Box Concert archive demonstrates an excellent and engaging use of combined methods across film, audio, physical objects, and installation. 

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Student stories: Explorations in Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media, and Technology

I am delighted to launch this exhibition; Explorations in Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media, and Technology; at The Best Little Virtual Gallery hosted by Artsteps. As a peer critique group, we have been meeting monthly on Zoom to present and discuss our work and support each other through what is a very long period of study with many ups and downs.

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Talking and walking through Trentham Gardens

Online studying can be a lonely experience.  The Garden Design Students have an amazing WhatsApp group with advice and encouragement a plenty, but nothing beats getting together and meeting in person.  A Student meet up was organised for the last May Bank Holiday, somewhere in the middle of everyone’s home towns.

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