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Notes on summer digital assessment – A tutor/assessor’s perspective

Assessment can be a nervous time for many, whether it’s your first course unit or final degree qualification, the summative grading of your hard work underpins progress made and future direction, forming key milestones in your studies. This summer’s assessment was the first fully digital event at OCA, as students and tutors had to adapt during the height of the covid pandemic.

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Exhibitions – Physical and virtual

One of the positive effects of lockdown is that we all have to think outside the box and to take risks, myself included. The online exhibition, Study Visit and Artist talk was not something I was considering but these have proved to be a fantastic way to promote my work to a wider audience. I am looking forward to being able to hang my work in a gallery as originally planned. 

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OCA BA (Hons) Photography final year show in partnership with AOP

We are proud to announce the launch today of our OCA BA (Hons) Photography final year show in partnership with Association of Photographers (AOP). Ten of our final year OCA BA (Hons) Photography students are exhibiting online 20 July to 7 September inclusive.

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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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Reflective Writing:  Taking time to invest in your work.

For some it may seem counter-intuitive to stop and take stock of your own work. The pressure of looming deadlines often means that you want to keep moving forward and keep producing work. However, taking time out to pause and reflect on your work can pay great dividends and allow for much stronger work to be developed as a result.

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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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Study event review: In conversation with Naomi Incledon

Participants were instead invited to view her work through a video documentation ‘Time Works’ emulating Cinema Verite- quite a Blair Witch style film where we walk through the Land Art works whilst being informed of her creative intentions, contexts and physical making in a serene and contemplative tone. 

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Working in a domestic space

Looking back at them now I see some potential in them. The sprouting potatoes seem to have found new meaning in the time of the Covid-19 virus. I was just thinking yesterday perhaps I should plant some in a bucket to grow in our very small garden?

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