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OCA’s online degree showcase – Live!

I am delighted to announce that our first ever degree showcase at OCA launches this week at https://showcase.oca.ac.uk/. Students from the Creative Arts, Creative Writing, Painting, Photography and Textiles undergraduate degrees are all represented and the work is absolutely stunning.

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Presentation tips for Interior Designers

While interior designers’ priority is designing spatial environments, so much of our job is also communicating our ideas for these spatial environments. One of the realities of this industry is that a great idea that’s presented poorly will almost always lose to a mediocre idea that’s presented well.

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Student Exhibition – Alistair McIntyre

As programme leader for painting and drawing I have been encouraging students on both pathways to get their work out into the world. OCA student Alistair McIntyre is just embarking on his level 2 study and has an exhibition at Oliver’s Coffee House in Edinburgh which is largely his level one work.

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Student stories: Photography

Once again I’m delighted to share that some of our OCA photography degree students have just been selected as finalists in 2021 AOP Student Awards. Huge congratulations to our Judith Bach, Andrew Fitzgibbon and Andy Be.

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Thinking about drawing space

Drawing (the act of) is a vital tool that helps us as artists and designers to think, to test and explore our thoughts and ideas, and to visually and critically analyse the development of our work. Therefore drawing, and drawings, are about describing and conveying important information.

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Student stories: Emma Arandjelović

One of the most useful elements of OCA study visits is the chance for students to gain an insight into real-life creative scenarios and experience the complexities of day-to-day professional practice. In addition, study visits can often sow the seed for further projects and opportunities.

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Student stories: Annalisa Mercuri

Annalisa Mercuri is a Level Two Painting student who is about to complete the Drawing Two: Investigating Drawing unit. Despite some severe lockdown restrictions (she lives in Verona) she has managed to have work accepted into a couple of prestigious group shows over the past year or so. In this short interview, her tutor Bryan Eccleshall asks her about that experience.

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To plot or not to plot

Plot is possibly one of the most overlooked aspects of scriptwriting: coming up with the right idea, developing complex and captivating characters, creating a structure, building conflict are usually every writer’s priority, before sitting in front of the screen and starting to type. 

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