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LCC Postgraduate Shows 14 // Spotlight on MA Graphic Design and MA Graphic Moving Image

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‘Skim Scan Read Copy / Rec. Live’, Cleber De Campos, 2014.

Our School of Design Postgraduate Show opens officially with a Private View on Tuesday 9 December from 6-9pm. To celebrate, here’s the last in our preview series, putting a spotlight on two courses with really exciting work on display.

This year MA Graphic Design students have been inspired by a diverse range of subjects from pornography to pedagogy, and their work explores the many facets of the design process from in-depth research to experimentation.

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‘Blink’, James Buell, 2014.

Students exhibiting this year include James Buell, whose project ‘Blink’ takes a sideways look at the future of the news. ‘Blink’, a bold electronic product, caters to a future customer so addicted to headlines and gossip that truth and accuracy carry little importance.

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‘Blink’, James Buell, 2014.

This random headline generator, with an inbuilt algorithm, sources key words and phrases from a wide variety of online platforms and merges them together. Future headlines include ‘Taylor Swift Detained after Shooting in Ottawa’ and ‘Boris Johnson Beheaded by Ed Miliband’.

Cleber De Campos presents ‘Skim Scan Read Copy / Rec. Live’, a project that investigates the process of mutual influence that newer and older media have over each other.

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‘Skim Scan Read Copy / Rec. Live’, Cleber De Campos, 2014.

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‘Skim Scan Read Copy / Rec. Live’, Cleber De Campos, 2014.

The end result is a hyper-mediated zine that discusses contemporary subjects such as surveillance, information overload, life-editing and copy.

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‘Skim Scan Read Copy / Rec. Live’, Cleber De Campos, 2014.

MA Graphic Moving Image students have explored a broad range of screen-based communication designs throughout their studies, from traditional moving image such as animation, documentary, narrative shorts and broadcast design to web content, projection and video mapping.

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‘The Hadron and the Higgs Installation’, Kalai Yung, 2014.

‘The Hadron and the Higgs Installation’, a piece by Kalai Yung, aims to explain the concept behind the Hadron Collider experiment and the Higgs Boson at CERN. Driven by a desire to simplify complex ideas, Kalai’s work investigates how effective video mapping can be.

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‘The Hadron and the Higgs Installation’, Kalai Yung, 2014.

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‘The Hadron and the Higgs Installation’, Kalai Yung, 2014.

Yang Guo has used his own experience of suffering from air pollution in China in 2013 to produce ‘Stop Repeating’, an animated film that promotes engagement with environmental causes. Drawing parallels between the ‘Great Smog’ of London in 1952 that killed 12,000 people and China’s current air pollution crisis.

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‘Stop Repeating’, Yang Guo, 2014.

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‘Stop Repeating’, Yang Guo, 2014.

Come along to the huge School of Design show to see this and much more work by our talented graduating students!

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
RSVP for Private View
Late night opening: Thursday 11 December until 9pm

Read more about MA Graphic Design

Read more about MA Graphic Moving Image

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LCC Postgraduate Shows 14 // Spotlight on MDes Service Design Innovation and PGDip/Cert Design for Visual Communication

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Emma Collum, 2014.

In the latest preview of next week’s School of Design Postgraduate Show, we take a look at what’s in store from three more exhibiting courses.

MDes Service Design Innovation looks at design from a strategic perspective, working with different disciplines and exploring research methods and processes for service design sectors.

In a unique interdisciplinary course, students develop and apply their design thinking to a range of societal and business challenges.

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Natira Wongpaitoon, 2014.

Natira Wongpaitoon’s project aims to raise awareness of Thailand’s community-based tourism (CBT), which aims to include and benefit local people.

CBT introduces travellers to traditional cultures and customs, with part of the tourism income set aside for projects which benefit the community as a whole.

The goal is to boost tourism by collaborating with Localalike, a start-up positioned between communities and visitors.

Natira has researched Localalike’s strengths and weaknesses and investigated customers’ behaviour in relation to technology and tourism.

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Thais Maio, 2014.

Thais Maio has looked at urban mobility in Bristol, prompted by the difficulty and frustration caused by heavy traffic, infrequent and confusing public transport services and hilly terrain.

The project proposes a better service from the city’s buses, not only making life easier for current users but improving perceptions of the service by the general public, potentially attracting new travellers and reducing traffic.

Thais explains: “Good public transport is a crucial factor in permitting democratic access to city spaces, as vulnerable groups can become isolated if they don’t have access to affordable and good quality public transport.

“Increasing bus usage also can attract more investment to the network, connecting more people and changing the way some groups relate to the city.”

Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma Design for Visual Communication students gain practical skills and expand their knowledge of design principles, historical and contemporary contexts, research methodologies and theory with both the part-time Postgraduate Certificate and full-time Postgraduate Diploma.

The programme explores visual language, typography, colour and information design through set and self-initiated projects.

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Emma Collum, 2014.

Emma Collum’s work involves mixing traditional techniques such as letterpress and linocut printing with digital elements. In her major project, she redesigns a charity shop, challenging why charities spend huge sums on other campaigns  but often neglect their stores.

Keen to access the potential that the shops have to inform and engage, Emma tried to move away from the traditional cluttered and chaotic image and create something new and fun.

She used letterpress and combined this with bright colours, animal characters and footprints to create an exciting customer experience.

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‘Happenings’, Kim Yeandle-Hignell, 2014.

Also exhibiting is Kim Yeandle-Hignell, who has produced two publications: ‘Autoimmune & Diet’, about diets currently used to battle the symptoms of autoimmune diseases, and ‘Happenings’, about Elephant & Castle’s colourful pedestrian subway.

Prompted by the possibility of a redesigned roundabout which involves removing the subway, ‘Happenings’ is an A3 memento of this underpass and its heritage, gathering together memories, feelings, thoughts and opinions from those who use it.

Come along to the huge School of Design show to see this and much more work by our talented graduating students!

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
RSVP for Private View
Late night opening: Thursday 11 December until 9pm

Read more about MDes Service Design Innovation

Read more about PGCert Design for Visual Communication

Read more about PGDip Design for Visual Communication

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UAL Edit Interview: Isaac Julien

Born in London, Isaac Julien studied painting and fine art film at St Martin’s School of Art. Nominated for the Turner Prize in 2001, he has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Semaine de la Critique Prize at Cannes, the Performa Award, and the Frameline Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2003 he won the Grand Jury Prize at the Kunstfilm Biennale in Cologne for his single screen version of Baltimore; in 2008, he received a Special Teddy for Derek, at the Berlin International Film Festival. He is Chair of Global Art at UAL and faculty member at the Whitney Museum of American Arts.

Julien has had solo shows across the world including the Pompidou Centre, MOCA Miami, Kestnergesellschaft, the Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado, and SESC Pompeia. His work is represented in public and private collections including those of MoMA, Tate Modern, the National Museum of Norway and the Louis Vuitton Art Foundation.

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Who or what first inspired you to become an artist?

My introduction to art dates back to my early teens in London. It came about through a combination of events, people I met, and things I was seeking. What really started to change things for me was my O-level art class as there I had a set of extraordinary teachers—people whose conversations opened up a brand-new world. Growing up and living in the East End at that time also meant I came across so many different kinds of people that exposed me to oppositional and bohemian culture: artists, academics, activists, gays, punks, musicians, leftists, feminists, the list goes on.

I was already convinced I wanted to go to art school, so I did a pre-foundation course at City & East London College. That was when I made my first real video, called How Gays Are Stereotyped in the Media: where I cut out models and pages from Gay Left magazine, then added an analysis of the gay subtext in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope.

In all the uprisings and eruptions of the 1980s I saw that kind of powerful, dissident energy over and over. It was then that I made the choice to do Fine Art/Film at St. Martin’s School of Art. When I started there, I could count the other black students there on one hand. So the spring of ‘81 also marked my first encounters with experimental film, which I first saw as very exclusive and elitist. Nevertheless, its painterly aspects and its indexical relationship to the real fascinated me. I wanted to produce work that could potentially break down preconceptions of what “film” should traditionally be.

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What are you working on at the moment?
Since 2012 I have been working on a project concerning the life, work and influence of Lina Bo Bardi: Italian born Brazilian modernist architect. The project will take form in a film and installation and looks closely at Bo Bardi’s practice as an interdisciplinary one, between art and architecture, rather than as a collection of disparate and discrete interests. The first iteration of the project was a poster for a film ‘The Ghost of Lina Bo Bardi’ and a performative-casting.

Isaac Julien, Poster of The Ghost of Lina Bo Bardi Courtesy Normal Films and Isaac Julien

What are you most passionate about?
To put it simply: my family, my friends and my work.

Production still, Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask, 1996. Courtesy Normal Films & Isaac Julien Studio Archive

Name a favourite book, song and film
In terms of literature, music or films that I love it would be near impossible to name one single work!

For each of my projects we begin by amassing a library of texts and publications that have resonated with me. For PLAYTIME, one of my most recent film installations, I read David Harvey, Stuart Hall (both of whom appear in KAPITAL, an accompanying work), Gaspar Tamas, Mark Fisher, John Lanchester, Sarah Thornon and Noah Horowitz.

So there are separate influences and touchstones for each project but also long term influences. I’m lucky that I’ve been able to work with many of them in some way, from Derek Walcott in Paradise Omeros to Stuart Hall in The Attendant.

Historic filmmakers include: Derek Jarman, Henri-George Clouzot, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean Genet and Jacques Tati amongst many, many others.

In terms of songs that mean something to me, I grew up with music as an important cultural expression. Early on, I identified myself as a ‘soulboy’. This meant you were interested in funk music and you collected records. It denoted something exciting to me about the advancement of black cultures and particularly of black America, something that was being represented through the music.

Also, I think my love of dance and movement actually comes from James Brown. Certainly it came from the idea that when you’re dancing, then you really mean something. You’re producing meaning, both in movement and in that core response to musicality—in all its tonal, atonal, and rhythmic aspects.

For me, rhythm is central to the creation of structure. After all, a central reconciliation of funk is the sense that there’s no conflict between beauty and politics. Funk manages to contain both things in one—and that’s where I think what I do relates to music. I feel my work is a translation of that same impulse into a different arena.

Isaac Julien, THE ABYSS (Playtime), 2013, Endura Ultra Photograph

Do you think University of the Arts London has an important role to play in Britain’s cultural life?
Absolutely, I’ve mentioned to you already just how much my own time at St. Martin’s School of Art really impacted on who I am today as an artist and as an individual. Needless to say, one’s time as an art student can be incredibly formative; there is a real wealth and diversity of different resources around you from your fellow peers to your professors. Of course, it this then has it’s wider significance in British cultural life as it gives possibility and opens up new horizons to a next generation of artists, makers and thinkers centered in London.

Another thing that I think is incredibly special about the University of Arts London is that it works to preserve and make available significant periods of contemporary and historical culture through a wide range of archives and special collections held across its the six colleges. The collections include work relating to fashion, publications, printing, film, performance, typography… and so the list goes on. Research, archives and access to historical material are greatly important to the production of new and progressive work and ideas, and something evidently that my practice could not have done without.

University of Arts London is the largest postgraduate arts and design community in Europe, its alumni list is truly extraordinary and I think that says an unprecedented amount about how it’s shaped cultural life in Britain.

Photobooth of Isaac Julien with the artist David Harrison, Saint Martins Alternative Fashion Show, 1981

Tell us more about your vision as Chair of Global Art
A role in an academic institution is something that I cherish and take very seriously. Having held professorial positions at Harvard University and Staatliche Hoscschule fur Gestaltung Karlsruhe, Germany, being able to connect to students and invest in their academic experience is something I see as truly an honour.

My vision is to use my research and practice as an independent filmmaker and visual artist to encourage conversation and questions around the institutional and ideological landscape of contemporary art and culture in a global context. In the last decades, the increasing complexity of political, economic, and social relationships worldwide continues to shape art and culture. As art markets take on different roles in different places, while they themselves become the subject matter of a steadily diversifying range of academic disciplines, what I wish to share with students is an engagement of how images can play a critical role in shaping our understanding of the world.

I would like to work closely with students on studio visits and gallery tours to discuss completed work and works in progress. In addition, I plan to arrange higher profile talks with some of the most interesting minds in art, critical theory and film.
My studio is home to a significant archive of material related not just to my career but everything from the beginnings of cultural studies in the UK, the workshops of the 80s, gay issues, the emergence of moving image work in the gallery and so on. I would be happy to invite dedicated students researching these areas to view and make use of my archive.

 UAL recently visited South Korea, could you share your insights about the creative scene there?
As ‘Chair of Global Art’ at University of Arts, London I wholeheartedly encourage and support the relationship between the University and cultural, artistic and academic centers in South Korea.

In 2012, Tate held an important conference on contemporary research in to East Asian visual culture; giving a platform to current critical discourse around the increasingly prominent South Korean cultural landscape against the social, economic and political shifts that have taken place as a result of globalisation. This important step in our growing understanding in Britain of East Asian visual culture is inseparable to the fact that over the past 20 years a robust art scene has come to the fore in South Korea. There are outstanding museum spaces, major corporate and private collections, prominent commercial galleries and experimental artist-run spaces. The development of institutions such as the four sites that make up the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) is just one iteration of the scale of the South Korea’s extraordinary investment in to collecting, preserving and exhibiting.

The country also plays host to two of the worlds most significant and influential Biennials in the cities of Gwangju and Busan. Having shown my works Baltimore at the Busan Biennale 2004 (Tae-Man Choi and Manu Park) and Western Union: Small Boats at the Gwangju Biennale 2008 (Okwui Enwezor) my own experience as an artist of South Korea’s cultural landscape is that above all it is sophisticated, very aware, and largely committed to defying leveling effects of mass culture. With the support of Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, in 2011 the Atelier Hermès in Seoul displayed a solo exhibition of my work, Ten Thousand Waves. The experience of spending some time in South Korea and working with an organisation such as that was one that I really value.

Indeed, the vibrancy and energy that defines the South Korean cultural scene is truly exceptional. As the country grows to be an epicenter for research and innovation in new technologies, contemporary artistic practice largely embraces this but does not necessarily forgo a diligent understanding of national and cultural historicism, and questions around where to place traditional values in the present day. It is a scene that grew from and is embedded in shifting terrains: it is therefore as progressive as it is diverse. Whilst artistic practices traverse multiple traditions and aesthetics, South Korean artists demonstrate a dexterity of material and distinctive approaches to the fluidity of collective and individual identity: its interactions and permutations.

As an individual whose artistic practice is concerned with film and video, my personal tie to South Korea is the inspiration I took from artists such as Nam June Paik, born in Seoul. To me he was an artist, frantic and dissonant, who dared to imagine a future where today’s technologies exist. His influence on contemporary South Korean artists is incontestable and indeed many choose to work with film, video and new media. It is exciting and it is important for those in the artistic sector in Britain to look outside themselves, to form connections and to truly engage with their contemporaries in countries such as South Korea.

Find out more about University of the Arts London’s Chairs on the UAL website

Visit Isaac Julien’s website

See more UAL Edit interviews on the interview archive page

 

Introducing the new UAL Passport!

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The UAL Passport helps you get the best job, develop as an entrepreneur, set up a business or work as a freelancer, whether in the creative sector or for your broader career aspirations.

By collecting UAL Passport stamps you will earn increasingly valuable rewards such as individual careers advice, and CV and portfolio reviews. Complete the UAL Passport by collecting a total of 12 stamps and receive your UAL Passport award certificate, plus business start-up support or the opportunity to show your portfolio/CV to top employers.
 
You can pick up your UAL Passport at various locations across UAL; at all SEE events, talks and workshops; or at one of many SEE Roadshows taking place across UAL.
 
You can earn stamps in your passport in one of the two following ways – by attending SEE events (earning 1 stamp), or by applying to SEE opportunities such as the SEED Fund, MEAD Scholarships and Fellowships, ArtsTemps etc. (each worth 2 stamps). Find out more by visiting the Career Reward Passport page.
 
The UAL Passport in coordinated by Student Enterprise and Employability (SEE) and runs from November 2014 to July 2015.

Visit the Career Reward Passport page.

LCC Postgraduate Shows 14 // Spotlight on MA Contemporary Typographic Media and MA Graphic Branding and Identity

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Rossouw Oosthuizen, MA Contemporary Typographic Media, 2014.

We’ve had a fantastic time celebrating the achievements of students from the School of Media during the past couple of weeks, and now it’s time to look ahead to the School of Design show opening very soon.

The School of Design postgraduate courses have been brought together in one place with the show opening on Monday 8 December, with a Private View on Tuesday 9 December from 6-9pm.

First up in our preview series is MA Contemporary Typographic Media, which explores the relationships that exist between visual communication and language.

Looking at word and image, message and audience, type and typography, students research their own areas of interest, develop practical and critical skills and become creative visual communicators.

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Rossouw Oosthuizen, MA Contemporary Typographic Media, 2014.

Students graduating this year include Rossouw Oosthuizen, whose project looks at the objects that we use every day and tries to understand how they affect our lives.

Rossouw focuses particularly on the idea of the ticket, and attempts to demonstrate ways in which the ticket can be used to add value to our travel experiences.

“In this everyday object lies a great number of opportunities to bring functional and emotional resonance to our everyday lives,” Rossouw explains.

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Test print ‘Heavy Metal Typographies’, Marie Eyries, MA Contemporary Typographic Media, 2014.

Also exhibiting is Marie Eyries, who has investigated Music Typologies & Typographies: Language and Type in Record Covers of Heavy Metal and Electronica.

Marie analyses and documents the visual cues and grammar of typography in music design. The visual presentation of this data highlights how typography in album art leads the listeners and consumers to the music.

All Marie’s independent projects have centered on this crossroads between music and design, and she aims to become a designer of album artwork after graduating from LCC.

The School of Design show also features MA Graphic Branding and Identity, which challenges the meaning of graphic branding itself.

Driven by intelligent enquiry and evaluation, students explore the strategic thinking underlying brands and look at how that strategy can drive creative expression.

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Nireesha Prakash, MA Graphic Branding and Identity, 2014.

Students include Nireesha Prakash who has been looking at how our deadline-driven work environments challenge us to be fast, but risk making us lose perspective in the process, taking a toll on our health, work and relationships.

Nireesha’s final project examines slowness and ways of encouraging philosophies of slowness – connection, focus, health and relaxation – in the workplace, specifically the banking industry.

Nireesha’s brand ‘Slowup’ aims to make the best performers better by challenging the cult of speed.

The brand uses secrecy and exclusiveness in response to the psychology of bankers.

An interwoven calendar depicts each hour of the month, and the only way to use it is to unwind the thread connecting the hours one page at a time (see above). Another calendar uses the capillary action of ink to slowly reveal a message.

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‘Haze’, Giulia Lunardi, MA Graphic Branding and Identity, 2014.

Also showing work is Giulia Lunardi, whose project ‘Haze’ explores how social media negatively interact with the urban environment and change our perception of it.

Finding that a change of perspective helped her relate to urban spaces in a more relaxed and enjoyable way, Giulia created a small kit encouraging them to see how ironic seeing the world through a filter can be.

‘Haze Sightseer’ symbolises our point of view, limited to a five-inch screen. ‘Haze Memo’ represents the multitude of social media messages we receive every day but is also a detox aid, and ‘Haze Filter-it Kit’ humorously underlines the oddness of looking at the world through a lens rather than experiencing it directly.

If you want to directly experience this incredible School of Design show, catch it before Saturday 13 December.

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
RSVP for Private View
Late night opening: Thursday 11 December until 9pm

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Read more about MA Graphic Branding and Identity

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Government agrees £141m for Stratford, including UAL’s new campus for London College of Fashion

The Government has today committed £141m to the new education and cultural district on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This will enable UAL’s new campus for London College of Fashion to go ahead into full planning.

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The news was confirmed in the Government’s National Infrastructure Plan and will help deliver the Olympicopolis vision. This will create a world class education and cultural district on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park bringing together outstanding organisations to showcase exceptional art, dance, history, craft, science, technology and cutting edge design.

Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London, Nigel Carrington, said: “Research on global challenges is increasingly beginning to emerge from the borders of art and science. This new creative approach is physically expressed in the university and cultural quarter at Stratford. The partnership between these four world-class institutions will create radical research, and lead to exciting new technology and fashion businesses in this part of London.” UAL is one of the biggest investors in the quarter, alongside University College London.

UAL’s new campus will be on Stratford Waterfront opposite the Aquatics Centre. The 32,000m2 site will create a research and education hub for the global fashion industry, near the traditional heart of the East End fashion trade. It will bring together London College of Fashion’s 6,500 students and staff for the first time in the college’s 100 year history.

The new campus will include two major research centres focusing on sustainability and innovation in the fashion industry. It will provide widespread access to advanced fashion technology, business incubators, and a changing programme of public exhibitions. The Waterfront site will also house new locations for the Victoria and Albert Museum and Sadler’s Wells. UCL will create a new university campus to the south of the ArcelorMittal Orbit. The scheme is expected to deliver 3,000 jobs, 1.5 million additional visitors and £2.8 billion of economic value to Stratford and the surrounding area.

See the full press release.

Christmas shopping at UAL

Still stuck for the perfect gift for a loved one this Christmas? At UAL this year there are a number of fantastic opportunities to purchase unique items made by talented UAL students and graduates.

Christmas card made by Heather Perry, student of Central School of Arts and Crafts in the 1920s.

Today and tomorrow (2-3 December) third year BA (Hons) Surface Design students at London College of Communication have opened a pop-up shop in the Typo Cafe, 10.30am-6pm, selling a wide variety of handmade gifts, ranging from notebooks to decorations to clothing, many of which have been beautifully screen printed.

On Thursday 4 December, for one day only, the Creative Outlet Festive Pop Up Shop will be open from 12pm, where you can meet the artists and designers featured in the current exhibition in the UAL Showroom ‘The Creative Outlet’. All the work on show is available to buy directly from the exhibitors alongside work from past UAL Showroom exhibitors and Made In Arts London artists on the day. There will be a great selection of gifts to buy, from jewellery to greeting cards, art prints to contemporary interior products, from as little as £2.50. There will also be drinks and mince pies available from 5pm.

On Thursday 11 – Tuesday 16 December, London College of Fashion’s hugely popular pop-up retail space returns for a fourth year in a brand new location – 33 Marshall Street, in the heart of Carnaby. Here’s your chance to pick up exclusive designs from fashion’s newest and most exciting stars, with special limited-edition pieces at affordable prices of womenswear, menswear, accessories and jewellery, as well as fashion photography and illustration prints.

 

Variety names LCC alumnus Marcus Mucha as one of Hollywood’s new leaders

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LCC alumnus Marcus Mucha

In their New Leaders profiles for 2014, esteemed US entertainment magazine Variety has featured LCC alumnus Marcus Mucha as one to watch in the film industry.

Marcus – now LA-based – studied MA Screenwriting at LCC under Kelly Marshall and has since gone on to become VP of Business Development at Revelations Entertainment, a production company founded by Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary.

“Without the skills I learned and relationships I made at LCC, I wouldn’t have this great opportunity to let people know about the amazing, memorable projects Morgan, Lori and the rest of our team are producing,” said Marcus.

A course taught with a heavy industry focus, MA Screenwriting at LCC has also seen Kwame Kwei-Armah (BBC’s Casualty, Elmina’s Kitchen), James Dormer (BBC’s Spooks, ITV’s The Fixer) and Anna Symons (Channel 4′s forthcoming Indian Summers) come through its doors.

“We pride ourselves on mirroring the industry process closely and this news is testament to how our graduates move so smoothly into professional roles,” says Kelly Marshall, Course Leader, MA Screenwriting.

“We very much supported Marcus’ move to Hollywood as our relationship with students continues long after the two years that they spend with us.”

Read the Variety feature

Read more about MA Screenwriting

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LCC BA (Hons) Public Relations students take part in House of Lords debate

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A packed House of Lords during Tanya Kropacheva’s speech. Image © Roger Harris.

Students from the BA (Hons) Public Relations course at London College of Communication have taken part in a national debate in the House of Lords.

Second-year students Tanya Kropacheva and Hayden Scott, and third-year student Ire Ife-Alabi, all made speeches in the debate which was broadcast live on BBC Parliament on Friday 28 November.

The inter-generational debate focused on the extent to which government might deploy digital technologies to improve the democratic process.

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Tanya, putting forward the view that online channels enable citizens to take part in continuous democratic dialogue and provide for multiple voting opportunities, was selected as one of the nine key speakers on the day, and the only university student from the UK to be selected as a key speaker.

Hayden and Ire spoke from the floor of the House as they were called upon by the Lord Speaker, Baroness D’Souza.

Second-year student Linh Phung Thi Thu and first-year student Sofia Bronnikova also attended the event for LCC.

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The students previously took part in a ‘talking day’ at LCC, run by the English Speaking Union – one of eight which took place at universities across the UK in October and November.

Tanya, Hayden and Ire impressed so much on the day that they were selected for the live event.

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Ire Ife-Alabi in action during the debate. Image © Roger Harris.

Organiser of the LCC talking day, BA (Hons) Public Relations Course Leader Adrian Crookes, said:

“This was a tremendous achievement by LCC BA Public Relations students, and I am proud of all who took part.

“Tanya, Hayden and Ire represented the College so well and gave us a high profile in the political arena. My congratulations to them all.

“We’re always looking for great additional opportunities for our PR students to get involved in, alongside their regular course activities.

“This is something they are certainly going to be able to include on their CVs and talk about to potential future employers who will be impressed by their initiative, commitment and drive.”

You can watch our students in action on BBC iPlayer until Friday 26 December, or, if you are a UAL student or staff member, thereafter from Box of Broadcasts using your University log-in.

This annual debate aims to engage UK citizens with the Parliamentary process and, in particular, promote understanding of the House of Lords, the UK’s ‘grand revision chamber’.

It is only the eighth time in the 800-year history of the Lords that members of the public have been allowed to sit on the famous red benches – another feather in the cap for LCC students!

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MA Photography alumna features in ArtGemini Prize 2014 at Singapore Art Fair

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‘Stars 8′, Ellie Davies, 2014. (Source material credit: STScI/Hubble & NASA).

MA Photography alumna Ellie Davies (2008) has scooped 1st Prize Photography in the ArtGemini Prize 2014.

The annual ArtGemini Prize is a celebration of international contemporary art for emerging and estalished artists around the world.

Ellie’s winning work ‘Stars 8′ (pictured above) is part of her recent ‘Stars’ series, in which she explores her desire to balance a relationship with the wild places of her childhood and a sense of disconnection from the natural world.

The work is a response to the experience of gazing at landscapes as a tourist, while living in urban or semi-urban areas, which often alienates viewers from the scene in front of them.

‘Stars’ attempts to address both the mystery and material sensuality of our landscapes and interposes photographs of ancient forests with images of the Milky Way, Omega Centauri, the Norma Galaxy and Embryonic stars in the Nebula NGC 346.

The ArtGemini Prize is showing this month at the Singapore Art Fair, where Ellie has been selected to exhibit alongside two other artists from the 2014 Shortlist, Jaykoe and Adrian Scicluna.

The Singapore Art Fair runs from Thursday 27 – Sunday 30 November 2014 at The Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Suntec City, Singapore.

The ArtGemini Prize can be found at Booth D10, so we hope that any of our readers who are in town will stop by to take a look!

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