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Using thumbnails and drawings to visualise ideas

OCA tutors and assessors Christian Lloyd and Beth Dawson look at the work of OCA students who use thumbnail sketches and drawings as a way to figure out composition and communicate specific ideas.

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On winning second place in the 2016 Yeovil Literary Prize

The moment I gave my character a name (it flew unbidden into my head) he became a widower working at Arrivals and Departures in a busy airport. I made him a curmudgeonly old boy who couldn’t get used to his rebranded title of Facilities Engineer. He’d never had a decent conversation in all the 40 years he’d worked at the airport. As the story opens, he’s five days away from retirement, and about to clean the disabled toilets.

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Come to the edge…

This is my call out to anyone with the OCA who has something to say and would like to join our venture! Click to read on. Go on. Do it!

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[ (6) ] go to Oxford

Six OCA photography alumni are showing that completing your degree can be the beginning of a journey, not the end of one. First collaborating as [ (6) ] when they were undergraduates in 2014, they have continued to stay in touch since graduating.

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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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Discovery and Collaboration

Whilst preparing a piece for the recent Composition Workshop, Jerry Mayle decided to pursue a slightly different path than what was originally called for. Jerry asked tutor Andy Glover-Whitley in advance about the possibility of making changes and he got more than he bargained for in the process…

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Joe Clark – a student on drawing 1

I’d like to share with everyone the work of one of my drawing 1 students – Joe Clark. He is a capable student and very motivated. We are having some interesting discussions because when he first came onto the course his work seemed to have an aesthetic which was born out of advertising or graphic […]

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