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OCA MA Fine Art: In conversation with Blair Maule thumb

OCA MA Fine Art: In conversation with Blair Maule

The OCA MA Fine Art team have been working with their students to undertake some student led peer interviews about their work at MA level.  The focus of this was for students to construct the questions and answers and select work that they want to discuss and show. Hear from Blair Maule in this post.

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OCA MA Fine Art: In conversation with Lisa Richards thumb

OCA MA Fine Art: In conversation with Lisa Richards

The OCA MA Fine Art team have been working with their students to undertake some student led peer interviews about their work at MA level.  The focus of this was for students to construct the questions and answers and select work that they want to discuss and show.

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Foundation Material and Making: Approaches to Sculpture thumb

Foundation Material and Making: Approaches to Sculpture

Since its launch in 2021, our Foundation Material and Making: Approaches to Sculpture course has welcomed a diverse range of students who have expanded their creative ideas. The course introduces various key creative methods and approaches to making, encouraging students to explore and respond to materials and objects in their local environment in imaginative ways.

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OCA MA Fine Art: In conversation with Riette van Rensburg thumb

OCA MA Fine Art: In conversation with Riette van Rensburg

The OCA MA Fine Art team have been working with their students to undertake some student led peer interviews about their work at MA level.  The focus of this was for students to construct the questions and answers and select work that they want to discuss and show. Hear from Riette van Rensburg below.

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Beyond The Bookshelf: Your OCA Library thumb

Beyond The Bookshelf: Your OCA Library

Having joined Open College of the Arts at the start of the year, it felt high time for a proper introduction! I’m Richard, OCA’s brand new Librarian. Having stumbled into libraries by accident as a Biochemistry graduate, my career has spanned across a number of settings in Further and Higher Education and I couldn’t be more excited to bring everything to this role and help make the library make sense for you!

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Electronic Music 1 – Halim El-Dabh  thumb

Electronic Music 1 – Halim El-Dabh 

In 2023, I ran a Listening Group session with OCA students, focused on electronic music. There was quite a lot of enthusiasm for the ideas we discussed and, consequently, I have decided to write a series of blog posts exploring the history, techniques, and aesthetics of this beautiful and bewildering type of music. 

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Critical reviews in Interior Design thumb

Critical reviews in Interior Design

Just before Christmas I was lucky enough to be invited to take part in some first year student reviews with the Interior Architecture degree course at Westminster University in London. As a tutor it’s really helpful for me to see the work of students at other institutions so that I have an idea of the wider picture of Interior Design education (and student output) in the UK today.

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Introducing our Interior Design External Examiner, Marianna Velissaropoulou thumb

Introducing our Interior Design External Examiner, Marianna Velissaropoulou

With assessment events held regularly three times a year, many of you will be familiar with what happens once you have completed the final assignment of your unit. But you might not know what happens in between the point that OCA staff have assessed your work, and the day that the confirmed result comes to you. Our current external examiner agreed to answer a few questions to throw some light on her role, what she most enjoys about being an external examiner with us at OCA, and whether she has any hints and tips for you as Interior Design students going forward for assessment.

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