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Excellent

published 05/06/2008

i studied an OCA photography course (The Art of Photography) last year, it was an extremely worthwhile experience. It went into the practical aspects of photography, and I had produced a mountain of photographs by the end of the course - every one of them far better examples of photography than i ever imagined I could come up with. I'm considering going for the full BA hons degree that they now offer. I would definitely recommend the OCA to anybody wanting to take an art course of any kind. Andy.

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Excellent

Flexibility, robust but constrctive challenge from...

None

I have just completed my studies with the OCA. I have done seven courses and will graduate next year. The College provides a wide range of courses which are both challenging and up to date. The feedback from my tutors was initially something I found scary but over time I grew to appreciate. The...

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“Very poor indeed”

published 13/09/2010

the attractive idea of earning a BA studying from ...

low supports

I took two painting courses with the OCA, but gave up in the end because the learning experience was frustrating. The tutor did not seem to understand the course and gave me little useful feedback. I asked to change tutors and then had to work with someone whose style was reminiscent of a...

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“Nothing But Promises”

published 16/09/2010

study from home

unsupportive learning environment

I took two courses with OCA as I wanted to learn to paint. I started with Starting To Paint. My experience was dissappointing. The so called 'course' consisted of a series of tasks. There was hardly any actual teaching as I would have expected. The tutors comments I often found to be unrelated to...

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“Low quality learning”

published 13/09/2010

freedom to work at your own pace at home

the isolation of being completely on your own

Learning in isolation, only support facility provided by the college is trough their website for students which is very slow and not at all user friendly. In my opinion badly developed learning materials for the painting course I took, essentially they were just a list of projects you were...

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