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Critical thinking skills workshops for OCA textiles students

Critical thinking skills are vital if you are going to be successful in your undergraduate studies but organising your thoughts in this way can feel confusing and mysterious. From the conversations I have had with many of you on the textile’s forum and with my individual students it is clear that lots of you desire more support and guidance. What I also picked up is that there is a feeling you need a safe place to ask questions and voice your concerns. Therefore, during this coming November, I will be leading 3 online study workshops for textiles students based around the critical thinking skills required for degree level study.

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Impressions gallery visit & portfolio review

There is a fantastic opportunity for a limited number of students to enjoy a curator hosted visit to Chloe Dewe Mathew’s In Search of Frankenstein exhibition, find out more about how a leading photography gallery works with artists, and receive feedback on their own work as part of a group portfolio review session lead by Anne McNeill and Dr Pippa Oldfield from Impressions.

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Anyone can cook

You will each have your own places that give you happy memories. We want to tap into that potential within each of us by providing opportunities to engage in design practice and to learn design through new programmes at the Open College of the Arts. I’m very excited to announce that the first of these is now ready – we have a foundation in Interior Design which you can sign up for from today.

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Study event review: OCA North group

The second meeting of the OCA north group met recently in Newcastle. There were some familiar faces from the inaugural Leeds meeting and plenty of new ones. The meeting began with an open discussion around the function and design of the group, with some different views raised this time than in the previous meeting so perhaps these kinds of groups need to evolve over time as the nature of the group itself evolves. 

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Study event review: Developing sketchbooks with artist Karen Stamper

For anyone thinking about setting up similar opportunities, I would say go for it as there is a lot of support available.  As well as working with an artist and developing sketchbook work everyone was pleased to be able to get together with other OCA students to talk, work and learn with each other. Everyone left wanting to do another workshop!

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Scroll free September: Interview with Emma George, Student Support Adviser.

It was my birthday so I was looking forward to getting all of my happy birthday messages as nobody posts cards anymore – I can’t have a birthday without Facebook! I haven’t looked at it though.

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