Category: Student Work

Here you will find examples of student work from Photography, Fine art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Music, Textiles design, Sculpture and Creative Writing.

Sarah de Mattos

OCA tutor and assessor Bryan Eccleshall looks the work of BA (Hons) Painting student Sarah de Mattos. He examines her sketchbooks and the way she uses materials as a way of exploring marks. Sarah relates her work to other artists, merging this research and her research into materials in one succinct document.

Nina O’ Connor

Nina O’Connor, an OCA Textiles student has recently completed the fifth and final part of Textiles 1: Mixed Media for Textiles. This course takes the student through a wide range of materials and techniques many of which are on the periphery of what is considered textiles. I have chosen to show Nina’s work here because she clearly demonstrates the process in which creative decisions are made and how this pays off in pleasing and engaging works.

We are connected

We’re always excited to hear about student collaborative projects here at OCA HQ. From sketch circles, group exhibitions and fanzines, to an artist’s book that was three years in the making. The latest success is an interactive website designed by the final year MA students.

Edgezine – issue 2. Want one?

OCA students have been busy again contributing and collaborating for issue 2 of their zine. Edge 2 is called Change and the students have reflected on the word creatively. As a festive favour we are going to print and post 100 copies to OCA students. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world”

Confessions of an art student: Part 2

The purpose of studies is to build you up – strong – like a statue. First with lots of scaffolding but, over the course of time, the scaffolding is successively removed as to reveal a structure capable of standing on its own two feet – even in the strong winds and rain of criticism.

Susan Oakley

It has often been commented upon and especially by assessors looking at student submissions that too often the best work is to be found in the sketchbook. At a time when students should be pulling out all the stops and presenting work that is filled with experimentation and confident resolutions their most successful work is buried deep inside their sketchbooks in danger of being lost or overlooked at this most crucial of times.