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LCC students uncover Secrets and Lies at Dalston’s Doomed Gallery

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Students and guests attend the Private View at Doomed Gallery. Image by exhibiting student Lilian von Keller.

Third-year students on LCC’s BA (Hons) Media and Cultural Studies course recently gained invaluable industry experience by organising an off-site exhibition of their work at London’s Doomed Gallery.

‘Secrets and Lies’ explored the idea of individuality from both a creative and theoretical perspective, with the work on show often highly personal and covering subjects as diverse as religion, sexuality and architecture.

Students worked in teams to arrange different aspects of the exhibition, learning about the challenges of events organisation in the process.

Doomed Gallery in Dalston supports both emerging and established artists, with an emphasis on photography. The exhibition space has hosted work by over 300 photographers since opening its doors in 2011.

For the LCC show, Latisha Berker-Boyd exhibited a collection of naked selfies, some found via Facebook, entitled ‘The Theory of Nude’, inspired by the digital era and current trends in self-expression.

Gizem Kaya’s work explored cliches created by the media about Muslim women, with Gizem juxtaposing portraits of her subject, in which she gazes back at those who have placed her under scrutiny, with the woman’s framed wedding vows.

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Students prepare work for their show. Image by exhibiting student Lilian von Keller.

Heidi Agyapong’s ‘Strangers’ featured 28 Londoners photographed using Polaroids, together with a single word the subjects chose to describe their character. Heidi wanted to challenge London’s anonymity by creating a sense of closeness with people we would not otherwise get to know.

‘Vertical Landscapes’ by Lilian von Keller was a surrealist work highlighting the unexplored spaces created by urban architecture, and imagined a vertical walk up the side of a skyscraper.

Video piece ‘Secrets of our Journey’ by Maria-Louisa Harrison used the metaphor of a train journey to address the journey of life and death, with Maria-Louisa’s voiceover playing over continuous footage of train tracks.

Isabel Fernando’s ‘Space’ examined the use of space within the home and its relationship to particular family members, looking at private, domestic areas to ask how space can represent and define personal identity.

You can learn more about ‘Secrets and Lies’ in this feature for Next Up, an online news and culture magazine created by LCC BA (Hons) Journalism students James Childs and Diana Tleuliyeva.

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How can the next government help design?

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Nigel Carrington features in Design Week, commenting on what the next government should do to help the design industry. Nigel and other expert commentators from across the sector shared their top line advice for whichever party takes the reins in May.

Nigel told Design Week: “Government needs to see creative subjects as more than just a skillset. Creativity is a way of thinking that leads to innovation, can be taught to anyone and used in any career. It should be seen as a marketable skill and a key economic differentiator for the UK. To do this properly, government needs a joined-up creative policy which is enshrined in education and industrial policy, as well as specialist arts areas: an essential rather than nice-to-have objective for government.”

Read the feature on Design Week

LCC alumna creates global platform for Congolese fashion

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Congo Fashion Week 2014. Image © Etoile Photo

Marie-France Idikayi, a graduate of LCC’s BA (Hons) Live Events and Television course, has established a global showcase for African fashion in the Democratic Republic of Congo by founding Congo Fashion Week.

The week’s first events took place in Brazzaville and Kinshasa and were inspired by Marie-France’s desire to create a stronger fashion industry in the area by bringing together style and showbusiness.

The LCC alumna is keen to promote upcoming and established Congolese and African designers to the fast-growing international market. Congo Fashion Week features fashion shows, exhibitions and talks, giving buyers, members of the public and the media the opportunity to discover the latest trends in the industry.

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Congo Fashion Week 2014. Image © Etoile Photo

Marie-France hopes that her project will ultimately boost national tourism and contribute to the country’s economic empowerment and growth, building strong brands within the Congolese community both in Congo and the wider diaspora.

Congo Fashion Week attracted attention from Vogue Italia in December 2014 – see the feature here.

As part of her LCC degree, Marie-France also launched a fashion and lifestyle magazine called Molato, meaning fashion, outfit, garment or clothes in Lingala, one of the national languages of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The magazine’s aim is to promote African fashion and people making a difference in it. Marie-France explains: “Our societies are culturally rich but at times we fail to give them the attention required to share our pride with other nations.”

Marie-France is currently busy preparing this year’s events and building Molato’s audience after receiving business advice from the Congolese government.

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Congo Fashion Week 2014. Image © Etoile Photo

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Congo Fashion Week 2014. Image © Etoile Photo

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Congo Fashion Week 2014. Image © Etoile Photo

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Congo Fashion Week 2014. Image © Etoile Photo

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New Course Discourse // MA Advertising

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MA Advertising Course Leader Dr Cui Su.

In our latest New Course Discourse feature, we meet Course Leader Dr Cui Su to find out more about MA Advertising, an exciting new postgraduate option which started in 2014.

Can you give us a basic outline of the course?

MA Advertising mainly deals with how technology has changed – or how it impacts – advertising practice, how people react to advertising, and how people interact with it.

The main focus of the course is very much on digital, interactive, global advertising, so there’s a strong technological slant to it. This is partly to distinguish from BA (Hons) Advertising, which deals with more of the foundational principles of advertising, art direction and copywriting.

Here we’re asking bigger questions about technology. It’s a mixed course, so it’s half practice, half theory. ‘Contemporary advertising practice meets cutting edge theory’.

We engage with all kinds of media theory about social networks, big data – and also with debates that are in the public realm right now. So things to do with privacy, surveillance, all these big issues that will affect consumers.

On the practical side we do work on briefs – we’re currently working on the D&AD New Blood briefs – doing practical advertising work with interdisciplinary practitioners.

We have an art director pop in from a creative agency, for example, and we have a design researcher who’s done interaction design. The MA responds to the industry.

I think the industry’s working out what to do with new technology, how to react to it – and you can see this in the new job roles that are coming up. It’s not just art director, copywriter, account planner – you’ve got technologists, data strategists, digital roles.

It’s really about getting to grips with the changes and impact of technology on advertising practice. I think it’s exciting.

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MA Advertising project by Valentin Guiod and Mimi Choi promoting 3D printing company Tinkerine. Image © Valentin Guiod

Can you explain more about what the step up from undergraduate to postgraduate study in advertising involves?

Students would definitely experience a change in terms of more high-level thinking, applying theory to practice and having practice inform theory. There will be that iterative cycle, and there will be more independent research.

The PG course is more research-intensive and we hope to eventually have PhD students as well, so that’s the reason for having this theoretical and research slant. In terms of practice, I guess the difference is we deal with bigger questions that transcend just responding to a client brief.

We’re not really like, for example, the Miami Ad School or Hyper Island – we do a combination of both theory and practice, and place them on an equal footing. Portfolios are important but they’re not the only thing.

The idea is to get our graduates one rung up above all the other candidates – just to have experimented a little bit more.

What is the particular advantage of studying advertising at LCC?

I think there’s a huge advantage to studying advertising in an art/design-led school, because it’s not seen as a subsidiary component.

Typically in this country you see advertising courses in a business school, as part of their marketing department, and you maybe study a module called advertising as part of your wider degree in marketing, marketing communications, or business.

Here it’s front and centre. We take it very seriously and we take a very creative approach, so although we do take into account a lot of marketing principles, we’re asking slightly different questions that are more focused on media, impact, the relationship with creativity – things like that.

I think LCC’s also a good place to do that because it’s in London – the beating heart of the advertising industry. It’s a nice combination – aware of the bottom line and also interested in innovation and creativity.

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MA Advertising project by Valentin Guiod, George Mylonas, Marco Liu and Mimi Choi promoting healthy non-alcoholic drink Suso. Image © Valentin Guiod

How did your current students arrive on the course, and what will you be looking for in future applicants?

The age ranges between 22 and 40. Currently we have a student who’s already got his own company and has been a graphic designer for many years, and he’s looking to skill up.

We have a student from Malaysia who’s been in the industry for years and just wants to gain skills in a more formal setting, and we also have people who’ve come straight from BAs in art direction, design or marketing. But we also have a medic!

It’s quite eclectic, and I think we want to keep it that way, because it ties in with the whole interdisciplinary approach. I think it’s worked really well, in that the students are able to bring their experiences and interact with each other.

Ideally I would like my applicants to have had some work experience, although that’s not a requirement – only because they could bring their professional experience into the classroom, which would be very useful.

I think this course would suit anything from a BA Literature to a BA Computer Science graduate; somebody who wants to get into advertising and hasn’t been able to, and wants to know about some of the bigger issues; or someone who wants a career change.

Where might the MA course lead for its graduates?

After the MA preferably they would stand out from the marketing graduates. In terms of job destinations, I would think they could become digital strategists, planners, creative directors, copywriters.

The technology side of the course content is not so much to turn them into coders, but if you’re an art director and you’re talking about a campaign that involves an app, you’re able to talk to a developer on an equal footing.

The knowledge and skills you gain from the course allows you to interact confidently with coders and app designers. You’re able to understand the literacy of the technology and its potential applications and, possibly, restrictions.

So I’d say they would run the full gamut of jobs – community manager to art director to setting up their own business.

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New Course Discourse // BA (Hons) Design Management and Cultures & MA Design Management and Cultures

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As our New Course Discourse series continues, we speak to Dr Nicky Ryan, Programme Director of Spatial Communication and Contextual & Theoretical Studies about the new undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Design Management and Cultures, for which she is the acting Course Leader.

So Nicky, the BA (Hons) Design Cultures has now been re-validated. Why has this been done and what does it change?

Well the course has been re-validated to become BA (Hons) Design Management and Cultures, which is a slight shift, but this means that the course has now got a more appropriate name that reflects its values better.

The BA (Hons) Design Cultures was a combination of design cultures, histories and theories, business and management, plus practice – so there were three core elements. That is all still there within the reimagined course, but there’s a slightly stronger business emphasis. Whilst it’s still that same combination of things, we’ve reconfigured the units in different ways. So now, for example, practice is incorporated into projects, whereas in the past we had a separate design practice strand.

Why have you developed a new MA for this subject and what is its focus?

In MA Design Management and Cultures there’s much more of a focus on leadership. We imagine that people who are already working in industry in some capacity will apply to the MA wanting to fine tune their leadership, organisational and management skills. Crucially though, these skills will be developed from a critical perspective and using practice as well, so that really has added value.

I hate to use an industry term, but the MA is a ‘T’ shaped model. Whilst we encourage applicants to have specific interests and areas of in-depth knowledge, the key to the course is being able to work across disciplines. We want people who can work with others to coordinate activity and manage projects, but also be able to question things.

The critical engagement with culture is also key to the course, because everything in this field is up for questioning. Students will interrogate what Design Management is because often management is technical thing, it’s about rational planning and organisation, but we’re trying to get our students to look at it in a different way.

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Design Cultures student Lena Neilsen explores dark fictive futures at LCC Green Week.

What is it about Design Management and Cultures at LCC that is unique?

The thing about these courses at LCC that is different from similar courses elsewhere, is the unique combination of design management and cultures. We explore Design Management from a critical perspective as well as a typically instrumental business perspective. Plus, we’re in an art and design institution, so we’re actually in the studio and working on projects and really learning by doing.

We’re also looking at the contextualisation, social, historical, cultural and political context of everything that we’re doing, and getting to really interrogate and question that.

What kind of projects will students be working on?

Well in the BA at the moment we’re working with a local museum which was sadly burnt down. We are doing a co-design project, the brief for which we actually co-wrote with the students, so it’s a very participatory project. We’re working with the staff at the museum, and together we’re aiming to raise awareness of The Cuming Museum. It’s part of the wider context of regeneration that is going on in Elephant and Castle as the moment, and we’re thinking about this little museum and what its relevance is. We’re trying to really understand the purpose of the museum and also assess which local audiences it serves.

The students are actually doing an exhibition and a series of events. We’ve been on visits but also brought in guest speakers, curators, artists, exhibition designers to inspire them. These people might not be directly related to local museums, but they tangentially inspire them as to what they might do with an archive.

It’s a real project, and it’s a project that matters to the community. It’s a lot of responsibility, and it’s full on. They have to go through a series of iterations constantly about what they’re going to do, how to they solve problems, how do they work with other establishments, and even working across courses.

There are so many hurdles to cross to even make it all happen, and they’re still having to communicate outwards and think about events – what can they do themselves, what do they need to outsource. It’s a real project.

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BA (Hons) Design Management and Cultures students mid discussion.

In terms of students that you’re looking to take on for the BA (Hons), what qualities would you look for?

Some people come from foundation, some people come straight from school. We have a real range of students on this course. There are some who have studied English or History, but we’re also happy if they’re interested in sciences. I don’t think it matters as long as they’re really interested in design.

I’m not expecting anyone to come in and say “I want to be a design manager”, because that’s highly unlikely, but a passion for design and a sense that somehow you want to be located in an industry in which you’re making things happen is a really key quality. Also an interest in the way that design is changing and a desire to make some impact on that. A sense of working with others is also really important because whatever you do will be collaborative.

How about the MA?

Well again we’re looking for students from a very broad field. The sister course at LCC would be the MDes Service Design Innovation course, but we’d also love to have international applicants, or people applying from the professional world. Again it’s a variety of things that we consider, but also as part of the MA application a project will have to be proposed.

Prospective students would show us a portfolio of work which could be from private interests, from previous educational work they’ve done or from a career they’ve been in. At this stage we’re looking for a sense of where students want to go with their work and their research. Where is their passion?

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BA (Hons) Design Management and Cultures students exploring south London researching for a community design project.

Where can Design Management and Cultures lead you?

It is quite broad, because the way the course is structured gives a very introductory look at the creative and cultural industries in year one. Some students come in with an idea of what they want to do, very definitely, but others haven’t a clue. We introduce the students to the design industries in its broader sense, and then gradually as you go into year two we try and encourage students to focus more.

They can customise their projects to a certain extent around the industries they might want to go into. So say for example that you wanted to work in fashion, they kind of assignments that we set are broad enough to tweak and put a certain emphasis on fashion. So you can chose your own path, obviously with support from your tutors, until you get to your final project.

With the MA you would probably already have an area which you’re interested in, but we would support and help you with that and you would be exposed to other areas in the design industry.

The range of careers this course prepares you for is diverse! You could be in house, or working for large organisations, you could be working within an organisation as a consultant – we introduce you to the different modes of work that are available.

Read more about BA (Hons) Design Management and Cultures

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SEE scoops prestigious NUE 2015 award for Best Careers/ Employability Service

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The National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards took place on Friday 6 February at etc.venues in London, with UAL’s Student Enterprise and Employability (SEE) team taking home the Award for Best Careers/ Employability Service!

The National Undergraduate Employability Awards are sponsored by PwC, supported by AGR and AGCAS and run in association with The Guardian.

The award celebrates the outstanding and invaluable contributions made by university careers/employability services in helping students apply and maximise their work experience opportunities. It was said of SEE that ‘the winner creatively showcases and financially supports students and their stance not to advertise unpaid opportunities is especially commendable in a challenging, traditional and niche sector’.

Find out more about SEE.

Image: Susan Orr, Dean of Learning, Teaching and Enhancement and Katie Mills, Assistant Director, Student Enterprise and Employability (SEE).

 

BA (Hons) Magazine Publishing graduate nominated in PPA New Talent Awards

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BA (Hons) Magazine Publishing graduate Ben Lifton

LCC alumnus Ben Lifton, who graduated from BA (Hons) Magazine Publishing last year, has secured a nomination in the prestigious PPA New Talent Awards 2015, which celebrate the next generation in magazine and business media.

Ben is currently a publishing assistant at London-based content marketing agency The River Group, where he works on lifestyle magazines healthy and Healthy For Men, sold in Holland & Barrett and GNC shops around the UK.

Speaking about Ben and a shortlisted colleague, beauty writer Daisie Smith, CEO of The River Group Nicola Murphy said:

“We are immensely proud that two of our brightest stars have been nominated for what are highly competitive awards. They both display boundless enthusiasm to learn and are a pleasure to work with, and we are now looking forward to the awards ceremony in March.”

Current BA (Hons) Magazine Publishing student Evelyn Sklivas met Ben to find out more.

Hi Ben. We hear you’re up for a magazine award! Can you tell us about it?
It’s for this year’s Professional Publisher’s Association (PPA) New Talent Award for my work on DARE magazine for Superdrug. As part of The River Group, I’ve been nominated in the Best Graduate of the Year category!

How have you managed to achieve this in under a year from leaving LCC?
After graduating last summer, in July 2014, I worked five internships back to back, before landing a permanent position as Publishing Assistant at content marketing agency The River Group in July. I’m currently working full time on Healthy and Healthy For Men magazines, sold exclusively in Holland & Barrett and GNC stores.

Is this an example of where magazines are doing well in areas we’re currently learning about like content marketing?
Yes indeed. It has been exciting times at The River Group because of the success of Healthy Magazine in Holland & Barrett – it has expanded to newsstands, supermarkets, Marks & Spencer, WHSmith and 5,000 independent retailers.

So printed magazines aren’t exactly dying then?
Certainly not on the customer magazine side! If content is valuable and good, then people will buy into the brand and the ethos, they will be loyal, and that is much better than a throwaway gossip site or throwaway blog which any Tom, Dick or Harry can write.

What’s the most important career advice tip for LCC students reading this?
Embark on internships as it gives insight on various career paths for students. Dip your toe in all the oceans before settling down into something.

Thanks Ben, and the best of luck from LCC!

The ceremony will take place on Tuesday 10 March 2015 at The Brewery, London.

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London Fashion Week AW15

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More than half of the 78 labels showing at London Fashion Week are UAL alumni, including Jackie Lee who takes the prestigious opening slot with her label J JS Lee kicking off the catwalk schedule on Friday morning.

The four-day fashion fiesta returns to the capital this month, with 20-24 February dedicated to the autumn winter collections coming out of London’s cutting-edge ateliers.

Stealing a march on the official schedule, London College of Fashion host their MA Fashion catwalk show at the Wallace Collection on Thursday evening. Watch the show via the live stream from 7.30pm  and catch LCF’s two fashion exhibitions on show across the weekend at Victoria House and the Fashion Space Gallery.

Speaking ahead of the show London College of Fashion head Professor Frances Corner comments: “By separating our MA catwalks it allows us to profile the Womenswear course at a time when the fashion industry’s eyes are on London. The standalone show gives LCF an excellent opportunity to showcase the wealth of exciting, creative and commercially savvy talent that our Graduate school produces.”

To honour the memory of the late Professor Louise Wilson OBE, the largest reunion of Central Saint Martins fashion graduates are gathering on Friday for a special memorial event and the day will close with the Central Saint Martins MA show featuring the collections of the last of her graduates.

Ones to watch this season include Marques’Almeida, Ryan Lo, Faustine Steinmetz and Molly Goddard, recipients of the starmaking NEWGEN sponsorship.

See the full London Fashion Week AW15 schedule

Read Jackie Lee of J JS Lee’s exclusive UAL Edit interview

Find out more about Fashion Photography Next at the Fashion Space Gallery

Find out more about the MA15 exhibition from London College of Fashion

Donate to the Louise Wilson MA Fashion Fund

Read an archive interview with Professor Louise Wilson OBE

 

LCC Associate Lecturer for BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design at Tate Britain

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Iris talks to visitors at Tate Britain

Iris Garrelfs, a PhD student and Associate Lecturer on LCC’s BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design course, recently held a week-long project at Tate Britain in which she used visitors’ personal objects and stories to create a sound installation.

Part of a Radio City residency at the gallery, ‘Listening Room’ encouraged adults and children to bring along objects and stories around the theme of hearing and listening from 2-6 February 2015.

Iris recorded the stories from Monday to Wednesday, edited the audio recordings on Thursday and created a sound installation for four channels and objects for everyone’s listening pleasure on the Friday.

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Some of the objects contributed by the public

The conversations between Iris and gallery visitors often expanded into very personal areas, focusing on childhood experiences or caring for relatives, while others were responses to exploring the sonic environment of the Tate.

Iris explains: “I was struck by the generosity of everyone, as people contributed so freely even very personal experiences.

“What came out of it for me was a kind of democratisation that happened through the stories – artists next to children, local residents next to Italian tourists. But there was also a blurring between museum visitors and myself: as I had invited people into the Listening Room, I also became a listener.”

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Exploring the objects used in ‘Listening Room’

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Listening to the installation at Tate Britain

A stereo version of the recording used in the installation was broadcast on Resonance FM and is archived here.

Read more about ‘Listening Room’ on Iris’s website

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UAL’s en>route launches 2015 BAME mentoring scheme

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UAL’s Race Champion Stephen Reid and the Diversity Team launched the 2015 en>route cross-cultural mentoring scheme earlier this month. The scheme, which has successfully run for the previous two years, is one of a number of initiatives to support academic and professional services staff from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds (BAME) to navigate careers in arts higher education.

The event provided a chance for this year’s participants to network with mentees and mentors from previous years. Those who had participated in the en>route scheme in the past shared stories of the support and trust their mentoring relationships had offered.

All agreed that the benefit and learning opportunities were mutual. Past mentees also appreciated having a scheme solely for BAME staff. One mentee commented:

“On a development scheme with only other BAME staff you feel more comfortable and supported discussing sensitive issues of race, identity and personal development. You feel safe.”

Another said:

“My mentor helped me to recognise my abilities and how I might pursue my ambitions to become a new researcher. I was also given tips on problem solving and looking at how I might improve my current position.”

The 2015 cohort of BAME mentees will be matched from a pool of 20 senior staff (both white and BAME staff), including deans, managers, research academics, departmental directors, heads, senior lecturers, and a Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Stephen Reid).

Information on en›route’s other initiatives is available on the intranet.