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Student stories: BA (Hons) Photography success

Our BA (hons) Photography course has had a series of success in recent months with students showing amazing resilience in these difficult times and achieving magazine features, online shows and becoming being awards finalists. This week attention turns to Association of Photographers (AoP), with four AoP Student Awards finalists, and a forthcoming AoP final year show.

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Setting out on textiles journey: Foundations textiles

What I learned here was not a specific technique but the process to research, not only in media but also in daily life, and to experiment material manipulation, then to combine these to create something conceptual, visible and tangible. Besides, some findings in the process led me to unrestricted exploration out of the course guide. I feel I have set out on my textiles journey. I do not know where it leads, and that’s why I take it!

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Study event review: OCA Europe

As part of our annual virtual meetings with other international students, the Europe regional group invited tutor Hayley Lock to join us. Earlier in the year, many of the group had mentioned feeling a bit trapped by the medium of their degree and whether something ‘fitted’ into painting or photography or textiles. Hayley’s practice seemed to offer an opportunity to talk about breaking free of medium-specificity.

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Presenting work digitally

I am excited to share with you today a presentation made by Catherine Lewis who is currently studying Textiles 3: Personal Specialism. She made a recording to present her work to me during this time of COVID19, when physical work cannot be sent in the post.

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Student stories: OCA BA (Hons) Photography

A group of OCA students, who are currently completing the Sustaining Your Practice module in the BA (Hons) degree in photography, recently came together to have their work displayed online in Source magazine.

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Student work: Plenty to see here

Here, the body is purified of self-image, stripped of everything even its tattoos, those ultimate symbols of individuality. In terms of edit it’s great progression – each body is wrapped or obscured until at the end it’s just you, nothing but self. 

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Student work: Hannah Roche

In this blog post I have the pleasure of sharing 3 videos made by BA Textiles student Hannah Roche. Hannah is currently studying the first unit in her degree, Textiles 1: A Textiles Vocabulary. These videos are part of the assignment two submission to her tutor for formative feedback.

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Working under restrictions – Student examples

For those currently producing work under lockdown conditions, it may feel like a strange period adjusting to this new normal.  However, taking a look through student work all produced prior to the start of Covid-19, it is clear that OCA students have always worked in a domestic or localised space.

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