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Student Stories: Kuch Bhogal

I am Kuljit, a psychiatrist, group facilitator and interdisciplinary artist based in the South of the UK.

OCA BA Creative Arts Student Kuch Bhogal shares his learning journey with us.


What is your previous educational experiences and what drew you to OCA?

I have an undergraduate degree in medicine and work as a psychiatrist. Although I've always been creative, I never considered that it could be a career. I came to the OCA because most other courses ask for very specific qualifications and don't allow you to work at your own pace.

Can you describe your OCA journey?

It's been hard work! I have had to learn how to organise my learning, how to document my practice and there are times when this has felt lonely and overwhelming. In saying this, with every unit completed, my skills have improved and I am proud of where I have managed to get to.

What was the Tutor and/or Peer Support like on your course?

Adam Thompson and Rachel Smith have been great at encouraging me to keep pushing into new areas of enquiry and they've helped me feel confident in my practice even when I wasn't sure what I was doing.

What does studying with OCA mean to you?

Getting to the end of this degree has validated my identity as a creative / artist and I feel much more confident in describing myself as an artist to myself and other people.

What's next?

I'm not sure what's coming next. I plan to rest, recharge and to keep my eyes open for any new opportunities that fit with my practice.

Any advice?

It's normal for there to be days when you feel like the coursework is too much or the creative work just doesn't seem to be flowing. Learn how to take breaks, recharge and remember to keep checking in with why you make work in the first place. Step by step - you'll get there!


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Congratulations on finishing your degree, Kuljit! I have enjoyed seeing your work develop through the past couple of units. Thank you for your valuable input in group sharing sessions. Good luck with your artisitc ventures as an art graduate!

May 25
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Thank you Trine! And congrats to you for becoming one of our student reps!

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