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Samuele Bastianello

OCA Tutor and Assessor Doug Burton looks at the work of Creative Arts Level 3 (HE6) student Samuele Bastianello. Samuele brings together his two subject areas of drawing and illustration in an original and focused way. His dynamic ideas have manifested in books, cards and newspapers which evoke a sociological questioning within ourselves.

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Making the course work for you

As a tutor for the OCA I have at times had expressed to me a frustration from students on aspects of the course projects being a bit “vague”, or to put it another way, that there isn’t a clear set of instructions, such as “do this, now do that, in order to produce X,” and I thought it might be beneficial to current students to discuss this topic in a bit more detail…

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OCA joins The Association of Illustrators

OCA has just joined AOI (The Association of Illustrators), so anyone wishing to dig into AOI website can now do so as a member. AOI is a not-for-profit trade organisation, dedicated to its members’ professional interests, maintaining industry standards and the promotion of illustration. Established in 1973, the AOI works to increase the standing of […]

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Study visit to Leeds International Contemporary Artist’s Book Fair

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   On Saturday 9 March we will be running our first study visit to Leeds International Contemporary Artist’s Book Fair at Leeds University. Now in it’s sixteenth year, the fair showcases the work of artists, bookmakers, students, […]

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Announcing the Visual Communications degree at OCA

We are delighted to announce that we now have a new Visual Communications degree at the Open College of the arts validated by the University for the Creative Arts. The Design Council’s Industry Insights Report 2010 highlights that 87% of design consultants employ less than 10 staff, supporting the view that emerging designers need to […]

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ready, steady, design

Every year students pit themselves against one another in a series of design and illustration competition briefs.

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Thought bubbles

There was a time when comics were just for kids and artists made images for grown ups. I’m not sure if that many artists have been able to make the switch to working for a younger audience, but certainly illustrators and other narrative based artists have been able to successfully address a more adult audience. […]

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Royalty and mugs always go well together: Steve Bell thumb

Royalty and mugs always go well together: Steve Bell

Award winning cartoonist Steve Bell has a long relationship with the Guardian newspaper, not least with his regular IF cartoon strip that has featured in the newspaper since 1981. It’s a sharp and irreverent narrative of those in power, often portrayed alongside penguins, farmyard animals and the occasional badger. In a short film (4min) Bell […]

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Art by offenders

Art in prisons has a long and well-established tradition. It provides a way for inmates to express themselves, produce something of meaning or to simply help pass the long hours locked in a cell. As a open learning experience OCA is well placed to support students in prisons and over the last few years I […]

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