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Blog of the week: Shelly Holland

Blog of the week goes to photography student Shelly Holland for her careful reflection on her neighbourhood images. Of the image above she says: “In this photograph the old woman, wearing a blue coat that contrasts with her pink umbrella, has chosen a dangerous place to stand, where tiles from the roof of a derelict […]

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Got a tip? Excerpt from Tipped In

Tipped In is a novel in progress by Martha Lea, creative writing student with OCA. Martha’s work has been highlighted to us at HQ recently and we are pleased to give you a taste of her writing here. It comes from Chapter Two, set in Edinburgh. ‘What’s this – what the?’ you said, pointing at […]

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Health and design

When we think of graphic design, the seductive packaging and branding of high street communications or the entertaining and eye catching gloss of the media might spring to mind. Graphic design helps to organise information, stamp identities onto objects and parcel up messages that are easy for us to access. While the majority of graphic […]

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Blog of the week: Photosynthesis

Our latest Blog of the week is Photosynthesis by Eileen Rafferty. It is a brilliant learning log because Eileen isn’t afraid to take risks. She pushes herself to take photographs in places or situations in which she doesn’t feel comfortable and she owns up to herself (ie reflects on) these feelings in her blog. What […]

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Desert Fish

Back in 2003, Australian Cherise Saywell studied two OCA creative writing courses, an experience she describes as ‘enormously beneficial to my development as a writer’. Success soon followed with Cherise winning the prestigious VS Pritchett Prize for her short story “Beef Queen”. Cherise is based in Edinburgh, and continued to develop her writing, with the […]

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Blog of the week: Carol Stimpson

Blog of the week today comes from Printmaking student Carol Stimpson. Quite apart for the from the fabulous images of her work the thing that clearly stands out from Carole’s blog is the way she tests ideas and reflects and evaluates whether what she thinks of them. For example, this is just an extract of […]

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In love and living on a bus

One of the most frequent questions we get asked at the OCA starts with a statement and goes something like this: ‘I have been a photographer all my life, do I have start at the beginning?’ Although this is a straight forward question it is one which is extremely difficult to answer. We are absolutely […]

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Blog of the week: photographyselina

Our latest blog of the week is Art Photography or photographyselina by Australia based student Selina Wallace. Selina completed Art of Photography last year and is currently studying People and Place. Her blog is a good combination of documenting her work through the course projects and reflections on photography informed by her wider research. I […]

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Blog of the week: Charmaine Watkiss

Blog of the week this week is Charmaine Watkiss‘ log of her progress through her printmaking course. In discussion Richard Liley, one of the Course Leaders for Fine Art said, ‘it shows working process, discipline , technique and research’ and I am keen to see students helping each other develop in this way. Richard followed […]

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Blog of the week: suburban sketches

The first blog of the week for 2011 is illustration student Cal Hoy’s suburban sketches which caught our attention because it shows how Cal develops her ideas from quick rough sketches, or in the case above, from photos cut out and stuck to a background to finished pieces. The post on the exercise from the […]

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