For the last two years, students with the OCA have been able to gain an honours degree in creative arts. This week at the Focus on Imaging Show the OCA is launching its photography degree route. Students can now gain an honours degree by choosing modules exclusively in photography.
At level one students complete three courses, Art of Photography, Digital Photographic Practice and the new course People and Place.
All three course have been written for the OCA by Michael Freeman, whose book The Photographer's Eye is the best selling art book on Amazon. Describing the rationale for the People and Place course Michael said, "I think there is a serious danger that when people come to photography they get embroiled in technical aspects. We felt strongly we should be pushing students to engage with life in front of the camera. Among the many fields into which photography has evolved, documentary reportage remains central to this spirit of engagement with the world.
OCA chief executive, Gareth Dent, said, "I am delighted we have now opened a route where those who are working full time or cannot attend college for any other reason can now pursue their passion for photography and gain a degree. We are committed to continual development of our courses and a student enrolling in 2009 can be assured of an engaging journey which will challenge and enthuse them.
Details of OCA courses can be found on the OCA
website or by ringing 0800 731 2116 or at the Focus on Imaging Show stand B18 in Hall 9.