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Updates from the Student Association TEL team

Hello! My name is Dan Woodward, and I am the Deputy Lead representative of the Student Association. I am also one half of the TEL reps alongside Becky Holman. TEL, it’s a funny acronym isn’t it? TEL stands for Technology Enhanced Learning. What that means in real terms are the various tools and platforms used […]

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OCA-North: Join the first event

OCA tutor Andrew Conroy will be leading the OCA-North group’s first get together on the 2 June in Leeds at the Old Red Bus Station.

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Study visit review: London group study day

Our practical session was centred on ideas generation and how to generate multiple visual experiments from a single starting point. Taking a crumpled piece of A4 paper as our subject, we first drew its form, then experimented with scale and composition.

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Cross-discipline drawing workshop

I began the morning asking students what they thought drawing could be beyond the traditional skills they might have learnt. Some keywords emerged that acted as a guide for the exercises, including drawing as invention, play, process, action, memory, language, non-art, materials and generative.

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OCASA funded Student Workshops

There are many challenges for students to overcome through distance learning; engaging with other likeminded students to create your own peer network has to be one of the trickiest. I believe that if students can find the time, the use of OCASA funded workshops has to be a tangible benefit to a student’s learning across all programmes.

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Student study event news

Following a review earlier this year it was agreed the funds provided to OCASA would be substantially increased to encourage both a wider distribution of funds to students and to encourage a diversification in the types of activities available to students.

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Be part of the OCASA committee

These are exciting times for the OCA and being part of the OCA Student Association Committee (OCASA) puts you in a position to influence the way students can experience their studies with the college for the better. If you have the time, interest and drive you can make a real difference to the way the college works and the way a student experiences their studies.

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OCASA Committee Elections

Following Stan’s announcement earlier this week, we are now ready to hold elections for members of the OCASA Executive Committee. Nominations There are six vacancies to represent the following course areas: Fine Art, History of Art & Masters Programme; Textiles; Music; Photography; Creative Writing; Visual Communications; Students who wish to stand for election should nominate […]

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