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Let’s Talk About Graduate Destinations

9 December 2014 4-6pm, Seminar Room D103 CSM Kings Cross N1C 1AA
15 December 2014 2-4pm, Room ALG15b (The Billiard Room) Chelsea

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Student Enterprise and Employability (SEE) is running a workshop series for all UAL staff who want to understand the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE). This is an opportunity to better understand and use DLHE data: what they are, what they mean, why they are important and the relationship between these statistics and the curriculum. The data can be found on the Unistats website.

Who is this for?

The workshops are relevant for teaching staff, course leaders and programme directors, but any staff member is most welcome to join these informative sessions.

What are the objectives?

  • To understand the DLHE data on your course, at your college/UAL and within the broader context of HE
  • To be able to log in and use the stats towards curriculum and course development at any time
  • To discuss and understand the relationship between the stats and the curriculum

Visit the UAL events pages for more information or book now. Refreshments will be provided. Please bring your laptop or tablet if you have one. For more information contact Katrine Hjelde: k.hjelde@chelsea.arts.ac.uk.

LCC Postgraduate Shows 14 // Spotlight on MA Photography

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‘In Case’, Ji Sun Choi, 2014.

With the first of our Postgraduate Shows just days away, we continue our show previews with a look at what MA Photography students have in store.

Exhibiting in our Upper Street, Well and Atrium Galleries, MA Photography is a concept-driven course dedicated to expanding the boundaries of the photographic medium.

This year, the show features work by Ji Sun Choi, whose project ‘In Case’ is an installation of suitcases and photographs that explore human anxiety.

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‘In Case’, Ji Sun Choi, 2014.

Devoid of functionality, the presented objects are suggested as means of dealing with and surviving the symptoms of anxiety provoked by our daily environment.

At the same time, depicted hands and gestures point, grip, hold and take – engaging with the world through the prophylactic object.

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‘Covering the Carpet’, Jocelyn Allen, 2014

In ‘Covering the Carpet’ and ‘Your Dedication Worries Me a Little’, Jocelyn Allen explores the body, performance and representation.

‘Covering the Carpet’ is a response to the scrutiny of the female body, particularly the pubic region. In a series of nudes, Jocelyn is seen contorting, balancing and stretching her body into poses which conceal this area.

‘Your Dedication Worries Me a Little’ is an ongoing collection of over 1000 self-posted YouTube videos in which Jocelyn dances and/or mimes to songs on her webcam. Jocelyn describes this as “an exercise in trying to not care what people think about me” and is interested in what people say about others online.

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‘Your Dedication Worries Me a Little’, Jocelyn Allen, 2014.

Yukihito Kono investigates photography in various formats from installation to performance and publication in ‘244’.

Fragments of black and white images of waves pinned onto the wall create a vast space of meditation and interpretation between the image and its viewers, visualising how people relate to and affect each other.

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’244′, Yukihito Kono, 2014.

The work also raises the question: where is the presence of a photograph?

This fantastic work and much more is on show from Tuesday 25 November, so don’t miss the chance to come and explore for yourself.

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’244′, Yukihito Kono, 2014.

School of Media: MA Documentary Film, MA Photography, PGDip Photography Portfolio Development
Exhibition open: Tuesday 25 November-Monday 1 December
Private View: Tuesday 25 November 6-9pm
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MA Photography Symposium: Tuesday 25 November 11am-4pm
Late night opening: Thursday 27 November until 9pm

Read more about MA Photography

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Estates update: Summer Works and Student Enhancement programmes

The UAL Estates department has completed a major round of improvements across the University estate. The work (started during the summer vacation) includes enhanced teaching and studio spaces, refurbished canteens and open access IT areas and improved accessibility at several sites.

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Newly refurbished canteen at LCF’s John Prince’s Street site

This work includes:

  • Major refurbishment to studio spaces at Camberwell, Peckham Road.
  • For LCF, a programme of modifications to teaching and support services rooms at Lime Grove as well as a full refurbishment of the canteen at John Prince’s Street.
  • Modifications and improvements to IT open access facilities across LCF sites
  • Improved climate in Eastern Transit Shed workshop and studio spaces and improved acoustics within various teaching and studio spaces at CSM, Kings Cross as well as remodelling of the Archway entrance.
  • At LCC, the refurbishment of two floors of the tower block, relocation of various academic facilities and the creation of a black space film studio.

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Responding to student and staff feedback, the team has also worked closely with the Students’ Union and colleagues in the colleges to understand requirements. The following work has already been completed as part of the Student Enhancement Works programme:

  • LCF, Lime Grove: new outdoor seating and recycling facilities,
  • LCF, Curtain Road: rmodelling and redecoration of the entrance area and ground floor hallways.
  • Wimbledon: outdoor seating area consisting of sustainably-made  picnic tables.

Further student-focused enhancements are planned for the Christmas vacation including: remodelling of the Chelsea library at Millbank, refurbishment of LCC and LCF Student Union bars and improvements to canteens and social areas across UAL.

For more detail on the Student Enhancement Works and other Estates projects visit the Estates News blog.

Learning and Teaching Day 2015: invitation to all staff

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14 January 2015, 10am – 6pm

London College of Communication

This year the Centre for Learning and Teaching Art and Design (CLTAD)’s Learning and Teaching day will explore the ways we can take risks and innovate to improve learning and teaching at UAL.

We have a fantastic schedule of presentations from staff across UAL – from creative practice cycling tours, to a mobile sustainable library, to object-based learning, it promises to be a fascinating day.

There will be a keynote on creativity by Dr Mark Readman (Bournemouth University), and a drinks reception at conference closing.

Visit the conference website for more information and to book.

Welcome to Postgraduate Shows 2014

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Our spectacular Postgraduate Shows 2014 are just around the corner and below are the key dates and times for this year.

We can’t wait to celebrate the work of our talented postgraduate students as they prepare to become the future of the creative industries, and we hope to see you there!

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Postgraduate Shows 2013. Image © Ana Escobar

School of Media: MA Documentary Film, MA Photography, PGDip Photography Portfolio Development
Exhibition open: Tuesday 25 November-Monday 1 December
Private View: Tuesday 25 November 6-9pm
MA Photography Symposium: Tuesday 25 November 11am-4pm
Late night opening: Thursday 27 November until 9pm

School of Media: MA Sound Arts (Angus-Hughes Gallery, Hackney, E5 0PD)
Exhibition open: Tuesday 2 – Sunday 7 December
Private View: Monday 1 December 7-9pm
Symposium: Sunday 7 December 2pm
Performances: Sunday 7 December 7pm

School of Design: MA Contemporary Typographic Media, MA Graphic Branding and Identity, MA Graphic Design, MA Graphic Moving Image, MDes Service Design Innovation, PGCert/PGDip Design for Visual Communication
Exhibition open: Monday 8 – Saturday 13 December
Private View: Tuesday 9 December 6-9pm
Late night opening: Thursday 11 December until 9pm

School of Media: MA Photojournalism & Documentary Photography
Exhibition open: Wednesday 7 – Thursday 15 January 2015
Private View: Thursday 8 January 6-9pm
Late night opening: Wednesday 14 January until 9pm

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Postgraduate Shows 2013. Image © Ana Escobar

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Visit our Postgraduate Shows 2014 page

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High Holborn staff and students raise £1200 for Children In Need

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On Friday 14 November, Accommodation Services along with other colleagues from High Holborn organised a Bake Sale and Raffle with all proceeds going to Children In Need.

The organisers approached surrounding businesses who kindly donated some wonderful prizes including UAL’s very own Short Course Management team who generously donated the top prize of any UAL short Course to the value of £500.

Over £900 was raised in raffle ticket sales alone and a further £325 was made selling the cakes and savouries made by UAL staff.  In total we raised £1225.63 which was donated in full to Children In Need.  Both staff and students were winners when it came to the raffle and share prizes ranging from hampers to DVDs.  Thank you to Stephen Reid & Conrad Heyns who drew the raffle and to everyone who helped, donated or bought a raffle ticket and helped to make the Children in Need Bake Sale a great success.

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Two Halves // Dolly Sen and Peter Matthews

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Two Halves is a monthly thoughticle spotlighting two people connected by London College of Communication.

Our aim is to showcase the conceptual intentions, deeper thinking and personal insights that come with the creative process.

If you would like to nominate someone for Two Halves, please email Natalie Reiss (n.reiss@lcc.arts.ac.uk).

DOLLY SEN

“reality is a cheeky bastard”

• My name is Dolly Sen and I am a professional mad person. I spend my time creating art, mischief, things that don’t exist, and working in mental health as a trainer, speaker and consultant.

• I was a student at the London College of Communication (LCC) between 2007-2010, studying film and video, and last year I was commissioned to make a film – Outside – by Sal Anderson, who set up the Institute of Inner Vision, LCC.

• Outside is my experience of psychosis and was shown at the Barbican in 2013.

• Psychosis is akin to collage, a cutting out of reality to present a story/experience that can’t be faced in its purest form. I don’t know of any way to explore psychosis except through art.

• What prompts all my work is the interplay between concepts of ‘madness’ and ‘reality’, so it continues along that line.

• The source material is not a newspaper or magazine, but the complex human being. Without complexity, there would be no art.

• I don’t start with the medium. I start with the idea and then decide which medium is the best way to convey it.

• I do cross-pollinate a lot. If you go to one of my artistic blogs, you can see in the last year I have used visual and conceptual art, poetry, websites, participatory action, performance, subversion of everyday objects, film, writing, and comedy to explore my ideas.

• There are many films professing to show the experience of psychosis. Although there are a few exceptions, mostly it has been done very badly, made by people who have never experienced it and are informed by previous inaccurate cinematic portrayals of psychosis. Think about it this way: you may know the language, the food, the culture and the history of, say, France, but unless you live there, how can write about what it is to be French? There aren’t nearly enough films made on psychosis by people who know it first hand.

• I am not always so serious. In fact most of my art has a playful, irreverent element to it. I don’t know if you will be able to print this, but I think reality is a cheeky bastard, and I am putting him over my lap and slapping his naughty arse through my art.

Dolly Sen is currently training to be an occupational therapist and her film, Outside, has just featured in Mind Rights Film Festival.

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PETER MATTHEWS

“There’s very little reason to produce art if you don’t keep faith with reality”

• I’m a Senior Lecturer on BA (Hons) Film and Television at LCC. I recently started working on a short film with Sal Anderson (Reader in Interdisciplinary Art-Science Film), David Knight and Jaime Peschiera, who all teach on the course. The film is about bipolar disorder and I believe it marks the first time so many course team members have collaborated on research. It looks like I will be contributing as script advisor and facilitator. The film will be produced under the aegis of the Institute of Inner Vision.

• The first piece (of art) I recall doing that satisfied me creatively was a profile of the old Hollywood star Bette Davis for a long defunct journal called The Modern Review. I think the year was 1992.

• I’ve just written an article on Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1972 film The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant for The Criterion Collection, a New York-based distribution company, and I’m currently tinkering with the final draft.

• I have two degrees in English literature, and I always bring that knowledge to bear on teaching as well as my own writing practice. I encourage students to read widely beyond academic film texts, to attend exhibitions and generally enter into dialogue with other art forms.

• We live in an age of specialisation, and however quaint it sounds to policymakers, there’s still much to be said for the value of a traditional liberal arts education. I’m certainly one for tearing down the artificial barriers between disciplines. Film that looks only to itself is apt to grow sterile and solipsistic.

• My creative practice of writing essays and reviews necessitates spending a great deal of time alone. I will admit that I enjoy the feeling of single authorship. Yet inhabiting the ‘zone’ of writing can be scary. When the words aren’t flowing, I grow intensely aware of my isolation and it’s easy to lose perspective.

• Every artist learns both from tradition and contemporary work, but it can be paralysing if such influences become too dominant. Filmmakers who merely copy the effects of a Scorsese or even a Michael Haneke (to name two examples popular among the students) are apt to end up with a soulless exercise in technique. I think these sources of inspiration should be absorbed and then essentially forgotten about.

• There’s very little reason to produce art if you don’t keep faith with reality (I’m paraphrasing André Bazin here). It would be naïve to suppose we could ever capture it raw. The mediations of the artist may result in something quite phantasmagorical, but that in no way precludes reality – by which I mean a core of emotional truth.

• I believe that film criticism is a branch of writing, and when undertaken seriously, may approach the condition of art.

• I am most proud of an essay I wrote fifteen years ago for Sight & Sound on the French film theorist André Bazin. The runner-up would be a feature on Hitchcock’s Vertigo for the same magazine in 2012. Usually I’m frustrated by the enormous gap between intention and achievement, but I remain proud of these articles because in both cases I found the right words (more or less).

Peter Matthews’s short film will be complete by the end of 2015.

Read more about the Institute of Inner Vision

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Call for Papers: Fast Forward: Women in Photography – Then and Now

Following a lively panel discussion about the role of Women Photographers, both historical and current, held at the TATE Modern in April 2014, we are now inviting papers and visual presentations for a conference to be held at the Tate Modern, London in the autumn of 2015.

The original panel brought together women from across the globe to explore and identify key themes and issues pertinent to women’s work in photography in the 21st century. The energetic debates and presentations were inspirational. Through these discussions key issues were identified, informing the development of work for women in photography, highlighting the need to ensure a place for women in the burgeoning histories of the medium.

The TATE Modern, The University for the Creative Arts, and UAL Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC) (at London College of Communication, UAL) are now organising a two-day conference, Fast Forward: Women in Photography – Then and Now, to be held at the TATE Modern on 6th & 7th November 2015.

This call for papers and artist’s presentations is looking for for submissions that explore the significance of women’s photographic practices both historical and contemporary, addressing key themes pertinent to current photography research and to celebrate the best work produced by women in photography.

Themes might include: new technologies, re-interpretation of archives and histories, vernacular and amateur photography, social and political impact of photography today, identity and sexuality, activist photography , collaborative practices, staging the real, culture of confession, histories of working concerning production and dissemination ie: collectives/co-ops, web dialogues, networking and social media. In the critical discourses emerging from practice and theory, related to these themes, it is vital today to consider the historical and contemporary place that the work of women in photography occupies.

Submission of papers as follows:

  • 19th January 2015 submit 500 word abstracts for anonymous peer-review
  • 16th March 2015 Successful applicants will be notified after this date.
  • 30th September 2015 Full Paper/presentation required.

Please email submissions to: FASTFORWARD@ucreatve.ac.uk
For any enquiries please email: FASTFORWARD@ucreatve.ac.uk

Announcing the winners in ASUS ZenFone student photography competition

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Image of the Houses of Parliament by Instagram winner Kim Leuenberger

The winners have been announced in our ASUS competition for first-year BA (Hons) Photography students to create stunning images using an ASUS ZenFone 5 LTE smartphone.

The students submitted a fantastic range of entries in categories based on each of the ZenFone’s camera modes (Low Light, Panorama, Selfie and Time Rewind), with a shortlist selected and put forward to an online public vote.

The votes are now in and the winners of £1000 worth of ASUS kit are:

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Best Low Light: Irene Gonzalez Fernandez

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Panorama: Alice Cook

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Selfie: Faye Callard

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Time Rewind: Julien Martinez

In a fifth category, the students were asked to snap an image that epitomised London. Last month, Kim Leuenberger was selected by the @london Instagrammer Dave Burt as the winner for her innovative view of the Thames (pictured top).

Congratulations to all our winners, and a huge thanks to all the talented participants!

Read more about the competition

Read about BA (Hons) Photography

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Industry Partner Awards: Inspirational Speaker – Emma Watkinson

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It is our pleasure to announce that Emma Watkinson is highly commended in the Inspirational Speaker category as part of LCF Careers Industry Partner Awards, which celebrates all the amazing work businesses and industry people have done with LCF students.

Emma, CEO and Co-Founder of SilkFred.com, a new online destination for emerging designers and independent brands, was nominated as one of the most Inspirational Speakers because of her constant involvement and willingness to share her experiences with students. Emma has shared her incredible personal stories of success, hard work and the reality of having your own business – giving powerful messages and tips to students who want to follow in her footsteps.

Understandably, we at LCF News wanted to find out what it was like to be Emma, so we asked her to walk us through a regular day on the job at SilkFred. Here’s what she had to say…

I wake up… at 7 and make some coffee. I’ll retreat back to bed to go through the sales from the previous day and check over my “to do” list. I use the Wunderlist app to track my tasks and I only pay attention to my “immediate priorities”.

When I get into the office… I catch up with my team – our Designer Liaison, Charlotte (who looks after our designers), Head of Marketing Rob, and Aimee from Customer Service. We’ll talk about promotions, stock and anything sales related. I’ll then catch up with our CTO, Josh and we’ll talk about progress on new features we’re building and any issues that might have cropped up.

 

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My mornings… are always different and it really depends on what we’ve identified as a priority for the business. It could be overhauling our email marketing strategy, releasing a new version of the website, talking about how to improve our experience for customers or going to investor meetings.

What’s important though, is I try to be quite disciplined with how I start the day. I’ll tackle the most important things first and try not to touch my emails until later in the afternoon or even the early evening. It’s really easy to get caught up in “day to day” tasks and not spend enough time working on strategy or next steps for the business.

Lunch… is normally around 1.30pm though it’s not unusual to have arrived at 4.30pm and have completely forgotten! I usually grab something from Itsu or Pret though if I have a lunch meeting or I’m able to get out of the office for an hour, I’ll head over to Ozone on Leonard Street.

My afternoons… usually involve a bit of over-spill from the morning, especially if I’ve had to take a few calls. I try to arrange any meetings late afternoon so they don’t disrupt the day too much but if I’m in the office, I’ll work with one or both of my co- founders. I love working out how to keep driving growth or, even though it can be stressful, thinking about how to handle difficult challenges.

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I’ll go through plans for new designers joining SilkFred with Charlotte and also highlight some potential designers we’d love to bring on-board.

I’ll also go through our social media accounts. Our main sales channels are via social media. We’ve grown our Facebook fans from 3,000 in Jan to 115,000 in just seven months. Currently we’re applying the same attack with Instagram, Twitter and Google ads so it’s important to stay on top of our efforts across the different channels.

Charlotte and I will also have a Diet Coke/ coffee break to get us through to the end of the day!

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I leave the office… at 7pm but there have been times where I’ve stayed until the early hours of the morning. I once slept in the boardroom!

It’s hard to pin down a time I actually stop working, as I’ll work on emails on the bus home (I’ll jump in a cab if it’s late!) and then well into the evening. I’ll spend some time on the phone to my co-founder Stephen, going through the day’s sales and plans for the rest of the week.

In the evening… I’d like to say I make it to the gym, but that’s wishful thinking! If I’m staying in I’ll put on some music, bash through my emails and read for an hour. I just finished reading Last Exit to Brooklyn (brilliant but miserable) and I’ll sometimes read business style books like, Peter Thiel’s Zero to One.

I like to catch up with friends over dinner and wine – I grew up in Spain where I met my best friends and I’m lucky enough to have them here in London. We work in totally different industries (fashion, art, hospitality, marketing) so it’s great to hear what they are up to. We’ll share the thrills and spills of being a twenty something in London. It’s really important to surround yourself with good people and they can help you put things in perspective when things feel a little difficult.

I’m not particularly great in the kitchen so if I’m at home, I’ll just pick something up on the way home (there’s a great Italian café/ deli near my house that has an amazing salad and hot food counter) or if I’m feeling naughty I love getting a burger from Five Guys!

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If I’m having dinner with my friends, we’ll go to Mr Buckley’s or head over to Broadway Market. We also really like Ceviche in Soho. Anything with lots of tapas style sharing plates with a few healthy options.

My favourite part of what I do… is working with the designers, promoting their brands, working out the best ways to sell lots of products for them, hearing about their plans for the future, helping them out with other challenges in their business. I think being independent is a really powerful thing and this is why I support the designers who’ve made the choice to go it alone.

My advice to those who want to follow in my footsteps… Go work for someone else! Try working at a big company, small company or a start-up. Learn as much as possible and always be hungry for opportunities. Nothing can fully prepare you the first time you set up a business, but arm yourself with as much experience as possible. When I finished university I had a very different idea of what role I wanted to eventually take on, it was only through trying different things and working out what was right (and wrong!) for me!

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Businesses should offer work experience to students because… we all have to start somewhere. Companies also have a lot to gain from working with students, especially if the student has been learning about something that allows them to contribute in a meaningful way.

The students I’ve taken on from LCF on placement were… brilliant! They came with a willingness to take on any task given to them and to learn as much as possible.

We would like to say a huge congratulations to Emma for her amazing work, and we look forward to working with her again in the future.

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