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Student stories: A new collaboration

Who would have known that an OCA SW study day led by Moving Image lead, Matt White, and a new music & visual art collaboration initiated by Music lead Carla Rees, would have led to a Happening, which led to a photographic exploration, which led to doodle-making which led to an illustrated short story which has nothing to do with moving image or music – at least for the time being?

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Earth day 22 April 2020

Today is Earth Day and I am considering how my photographic art practice needs to reflect my increased understanding of Climate Breakdown. This predicted environmental crisis has come into even sharper focus as we witness the global effect of COVID19. I share my reflections and wonder if others are having similar considerations?

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First past the post. Part 2

A continued conversation between Programme Leader Catherine Byrne, and Interior Design student, Lee Anderson, who has just completed the first HE4 degree unit on the OCA Interior Design BA Hons course.

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Student stories: Craig Sinclair, Photography.

Photographing another person is a collaboration. Realising that the camera helps but a good photographer can make an image using any camera; the gear isn’t as important as you are led to believe in all of the advertisements.

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Study event review: Lisbon 2020.

Having been a student with the OCA now for four years I have attended many student study visits. When the news came of a study visit in Lisbon alongside my current tutor Diana Ali there was no doubt that the trip would be beneficial. Especially considering how inspiring Diana’s own work has been on my practice.

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First past the post: Part 1

It is an exciting moment for Interior Design studies at the OCA as we have recently had our first student complete the initial HE4 degree unit and submit for assessment!

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Student stories: Martin Richardson, Music

In order to complete the project successfully, it proved necessary to learn a lot of new skills. The OCA courses provided me with an excellent foundation, not only in terms of learning about the fundamentals of composition, but also how to undertake research and to work in a structured way.

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Study event review: PADA studios – an artists residency, Lisbon 2020

The concept of an artist’s residency may be familiar, but a tour around the PADA studios by co-founder Tim Rolston gave OCA students a fascinating insight into the practicalities and workings of an artist’s residency. The tour was an itinerary item on the cross-discipline OCA study visit to Lisbon, 25-27 February 2020, arranged and facilitated by tutors Diana Ali and Dr Michele Whiting (Michele having been a resident artist at PADA during 2019).

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Student stories: Michael Colvin, Photography.

“One of the most important lessons I learned while studying with the OCA is not to give up. That when an assignment does not work out first time it is not a failure but a work in progress. Once I experienced this a number of times I realised that I could work through problems and my confidence in my own abilities grew.”

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Student stories: Sophie Devereux, Textiles.

I had to resit this module. Of course I was disappointed to have to do so, but it forced me to reflect on how and what I was learning. With the help of the course leader, Rebecca Fairley, I learnt how to use critical thinking skills to notice things I hadn’t considered before: especially composition and marks.

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