Happiness has a domino effect. Creativity has a domino effect. Research has shown that within 45 minutes of doing something creative, the levels of stress hormone cortisol is massively reduced.
A temptation can be to revise plans, maybe draw up elaborate study timetables which take up more and more time. You can get caught in the never ending spiral of spending so much time planning that you never get any work done, and then need to revise plans which use up more time … and end up repeating this process ad infinitum.
Are you interested in the potential for creative disciplines to come together in exciting new ways? Have you ever considered using sound or music in your work, or perhaps created visual pieces that resonate with music in some way? Or perhaps you are a composer, who has thought about how your compositions might be informed and extended through other approaches.
Taking some time to think how and when you study best and being realistic about how much you can achieve in a study session can improve the time you spend on your course.
Learning logs should not be approached like a diary or a place to write streams of creative consciousness but instead to be used as a clear and edited learning tool to mark your thoughts over the course.
This is the start in a series of posts for the New Year. Whether you have lost your routine over the break or finding it hard to focus on your studies now life is returning to its normal pattern, there will be guidance on how you can get back into your course.
Prison is concrete and steel proof that the more you confine a person, the more creative they become. Nowhere are the creative arts more vibrant and prolific than locked up inside. As the OCA embarks on its Offender Learning Project this series of posts explores the art of prison.
Oh my goodness it’s Christmas Eve! Not being funny, but when we talked about launching an advent series no-one mentioned writing all of the blogs. I now have writer’s cramp and have lost a large amount of sanity, can someone please send help…
In Higher Education this is probably the top issue talked about in terms of supporting students, so much so that the Government announced a new University Mental Health Charter in collaboration with the charity Student Minds in June, which is all about working out what is good practical support and rewarding institutions that display this…
As an eighteen year old I took a degree in Environmental Sciences in no small part because I thought it would open up more doors for a potential future career than other options. On the flip side I’m losing count now of the number of people I know who started out in a particular field but are now doing a degree in order to move into a different sector.
If you’re looking at which university to go and study at, chances are one of your first stops for information will be one of the university guides… Whilst looking through these you might notice a few things, particularly about OCA and our parent institution the University for the Creative Arts…
As a youngster who liked to make as much noise as possible, the violin was a natural choice for me… What I enjoyed most though was playing my own harmonies alongside someone else’s tune… Perhaps composition is your thing too, and with a distance learning Music degree centred upon practical work, you should definitely take a look at our courses if so.