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Study event review: OCA Europe

The Regional Europe group organised a virtual meeting day where eleven students across the world worked together under guidance of an OCA tutor. Here is some feedback on the event, through the eyes of the main organiser, an attendee and the tutor.

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Student stories: In conversation with: Caroline Conolly

Caroline Conolly is part-way through her first OCA Level 1 course, Exploring Drawing Media. During assignment 2 her tutor, Cheryl Huntbach noticed a liberated, curiosity and playful approach to Caroline’s drawing processes and methodologies. She invited Caroline to have a conversation about her approaches and ideas, which might be equally fascinating and insightful for other students to read.

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WE are OCA

As an alternative learning provider we mean to be alternative not as a second best alternative, but to be different. In seeing our students as partners and listening to our students’ voices, we can move from a transactional model where students are informed and consulted, to being co-creators in learning and teaching.

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Student work: A 2020 Happening

We held our first Happening on 11 January in Paignton. We had 12 participants of whom 9 were OCA students from the OCA SW group, and 3 were local artists and one photographer. The focus was on cross-discipline collaboration among artists.

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Study visit live! Ruth Maclennan at Pushkin House.

In association with Ruth Maclennan, BA Photography and OCA’s Arts & Environment series, Dan Robinson and Melissa Thompson will visit Ruth Maclennan’s study day at Pushkin House on 18 January, to help make this exhibition and event accessible to OCA students around the globe online.

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OCA Photography: Zoom Session

If you have never participated in an online group – why not make this a resolution for 2020 and come and join us for an online session.

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BA(Hons) Photography Programme: Trialling online group work

Following on from OCA research into student engagement as part of Project 2018 and drawing on student feedback at unit level, degree programmes across OCA are piloting a range of online group work sessions.

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Virtuality in a plastic world

We are becoming increasingly attuned to the damage that plastic and the chemical components within that disrupt the human endocrine system, lurking in everything from cleaning products to fragrances. Many artists and visual art students have recently become attuned to this particular environmental crisis, responding in a myriad of ways.

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