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LCC Student wins The Print Futures Award Scheme


Mirabel Fawcett, 2014.

Mirabel Fawcett, an LCC Postgraduate Diploma Design for Visual Communication student, recently won The Print Futures Award Scheme. The scheme offers grants to support young people studying or training in printing, publishing or the graphic arts. Each year only twenty people are awarded the grants in the UK.

After submitting a written application Mirabel was invited to an interview at the St Bride Foundation. Mirabel showed a selection of her work from different projects, all of which have elements that are tactile and handmade. If possible she binds the books she makes with a needle and thread, and in her latest project she has opted for cutting circles out by hand rather than having them laser-cut.


Mirabel Fawcett, 2014.


Mirabel Fawcett, 2014.

Mirabel explains “Continuing the theme of print and its tactile presence which I have been exploring at LCC, I am just starting my final project for the course, which will explore the role of independent publications in a technologically driven society.”


Mirabel Fawcett, 2014.

Mirabel, who studied Modern Languages before coming to LCC, has a particular interest in the design and production of independent publications, and after completing her course she hopes to gain more experience in print and the graphic arts and then come back to study further.


Mirabel Fawcett, 2014.


Mirabel Fawcett, 2014.


Read more about the Postgraduate Diploma Design for Visual Communication.

See more of Mirabel’s work.

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Magnum Photos // New LCC Short Course

CHINA. Beijing. Tiananmen Square. 1989.

Stuart Franklin, Tiananmen Square, 1989.

London College of Communication has teamed up with the prestigious photography cooperative, Magnum Photos, to create a short course in documentary photography.

The one-off course will be led by LCC expert educators alongside Magnum’s acclaimed photographers Chris Steele-Perkins and Stuart Franklin.

GB. ENGLAND. Red Deer, Croydon. 1976.

Chris Steele-Perkins, Red Deer, Croydon, 1976.

Stuart Franklin, who won a World Press Award for his iconic 1989 photographs of Tiananmen Square, explains “It’s truly a delight to be tutoring on this course. Documentary photography is enjoying something of a rebirth, a new energy, so it’s a great time to be a part of this partnership with LCC.”

JAPAN. Tokyo. Stock exchange. 1987

Stuart Franklin, Tokyo, Stock exchange, 1987.

Photography at LCC has recently attracted industry attention following senior lecturer, Esther Teichmann, winning the 2014 Levallois Prize, which will see her work exhibited in Paris in October 2014.

Another growing name is Jessica Bishopp, an LCC student who taught the basics of photography to 18 students from The Gambia Senior Secondary School in Banjul – her main focus was to explore photography in relation to the students and their environment, and tell a story through an image. Jessica has been selected as a finalist for the Creative Conscience Awards 2014 for this project.

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Chris Steele-Perkins, Druidstone, dogs playing seen through broken window, 2001

Karin Askham, LCC Dean, Faculty of Media commented, “LCC is committed to stretching educational norms and pushing industry boundaries. This collaboration with Magnum sees two world leading institutions joining together, to deliver a course that resonates in a world inspired by images.”

ETHIOPIA. feeding centre for people displaced by famine. 1983.

Chris Steele-Perkins, Ethiopia, feeding centre for people displaced by famine, 1983.

An agency synonymous with international names and ‘concerned’ photography, the Magnum photography documentary course runs for three weeks and will include access to the Magnum Print Room, book production and a graduation party.

Find out more about the Magnum Short Course and sign up.

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News // LCC Animation success at anti-Heathrow film competition


Still from ‘Say NO’, Kevin Jarin and Jake Green, 2014.

A controversial short-film, made by two LCC BA (Hons) Animation students, has won second prize at the ‘No Ifs No Buts’ anti-Heathrow film competition backed by MP Zac Goldsmith.

Kevin Jarin and Jake Green’s animated submission ‘Say NO’ depicts a jumbo jet crashing into a street of houses. Kevin explains “the film acts as a metaphor for the way in which the third runway would ruin the lives of people who live nearby” however others have taken the film more literally. The video has been attacked as “in appalling taste” by pro-Heathrow campaign group ‘Back Heathrow’, made up of businesses, residents and unions.

Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith disagrees, explaining “the film is an animated metaphor for the devastation airport expansion would cause in West London, and that was blindingly obvious to the eight hundred–strong audience at Richmond Theatre, who voted for it. This Heathrow-funded lobby group has deliberately misinterpreted it, and is being disingenuous, as ever.”

Whilst the competition clearly deals with a controversial topic, Kevin and Jake are grateful to have had their film, which took six weeks to make, shared so widely, “we were thrilled by the responses from the judges on the night and also the support of the audience, we didn’t expect to get into the top fifteen let alone top three.”

Their animation came second in the competition, which featured celebrity judges Hugh Grant, Holly Willoughby and Boris Johnson’s sister Rachel. Their £3000 prize will come in handy for Jake, who is doing an MA next year, and Kevin who plans to carry on animating free-lance.

Read more about BA (Hons) Animation

See more of Kevin’s work

See more of Jake’s work




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Eight out of the twenty-two photographers selected for FreshFaced+WildEyed exhibition are from LCC


James Duncan Clark, 2014.

FreshFaced+WildEyed, an annual competition for recent graduates, is now in its seventh year. Following an online application process, this year’s panel of judges, Sophy Rickett, David Drake, Sheyi Bankale and Brett Rogers select twenty two outstanding bodies of work from graduates nation-wide for an exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery and an online gallery. This exhibition will run till Sunday 20 July.

Out of these twenty-two graduates, this year eight are from LCC: Alice Myers, Elina Moriya, Ian Rudgewick-Brown, James Duncan Clark, Lidija Kononenko, Marcello Simone, Tanya Clarke and Tracey Fahy.

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James Duncan Clark, 2014.

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James Duncan Clark, 2014.

James, whose photographs explore the relationship between London’s Olympic Park and its inhabitants, explains “I’m absolutely delighted to be showing at such a prestigious venue. The quality of all the work from all the graduating students is very high, so it’s a privilege to be involved.”

Lidija has been shortlisted for her six short films called ‘A Guide to Walking in Public’. They investigate the visual language of the body within social contexts.

Still - How to Behave on Public Transport

Lidija Kononenko, 2014.

Still - How to Walk in Public

Lidija Kononenko, 2014.


By giving graduates a public platform at a critical point in their careers FreshFaced+WildEyed aims to showcase the talent and diversity of photographic practice emerging from BA and MA courses across the UK.

Following the exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery, selected finalists will have the opportunity to work with a mentor for twelve months.

Read more about MA Photography

Read more about FreshFaced+WildEyed

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LCC laboratory DigiLab powers usability behind environmental web tool FetchClimate

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Dr Amanda Windle works on the FetchClimate interface project

London College of Communication’s DigiLab – an interdisciplinary research laboratory – is behind the user experience of FetchClimate, a web tool designed to improve data access for environmental scientists. Principle Investigator Amanda Windle worked with Jason Rainbird to deliver the user experience and design.

Developed by the Computational Science Lab at Microsoft Research, in collaboration with the MSTLab at Moscow State University, FetchClimate brings together existing environmental datasets from agriculture, biodiversity, climate and oceans and enables access to the data in a streamlined way.

With FetchClimate users based at over 40 global sites, a stress-free user experience was key to the project’s success. LCC’s DigiLab designed several possible interfaces and conducted user interviews before creating a visual navigation that is both intuitive and engaging.

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The FetchClimate web tool in action

DigiLab fellow and Principle Investigator Dr Amanda Windle explains:

“One of the biggest challenges we faced while working on FetchClimate was discerning how environmental scientists understand time; specifically climate time, which has its own logics.

“Scientists refine their searches over and over which means this tool has to be robust enough to deal with refining searches and entering the same data many times without the scientist gaining repetitive injuries.

“As a result, FetchClimate has many possibilities and is flexible to including more environmental data as it evolves over time.”

As FetchClimate is a significant asset to the scientific landscape of environmental knowledge, DigiLab have ensured that using it to find and understand environmental data is as easy as possible.

Read about Research at LCC

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LCC Summer Shows 2014 Round-Up 2: School of Design


Visitors enjoying the School of Design Private View. © Ana Escobar

While LCC’s Summer Shows 2014 were split between the School of Media and the School of Design, a single visual identity had to be designed for the whole Summer Shows season.

This massive task was the responsibility of designer and LCC alumnus James Gilpin, who wanted to reflect the breadth of creativity and physical resources within the College buildings.

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We were very happy to see such a great reaction to his work, particularly the printed invitations!

Invitations sent, the School of Design took over a huge number of rooms and gallery spaces in order to showcase its diverse range of courses.

The show ran for a week in late June, and the Private View on Thursday 19 June was jam-packed with industry, press and students’ friends and family.


© Ana Escobar


© Ana Escobar


© Ana Escobar

One BA (Hons) Interaction and Moving Image exhibit strung across the Atrium was a particular hit with visitors.


© Ana Escobar


© Ana Escobar


© Ana Escobar

Courses exhibiting elsewhere in the College were BA (Hons)/FdA Animation, BA (Hons) Books Arts and Design, BA (Hons)/FdA Design for Graphic Communication, BA (Hons) Digital Media Design, BA (Hons)/FdA Games Design, BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design, BA (Hons) Illustration and Visual Media, BA (Hons)/FdA Interior Design and BA (Hons)/FdA Surface Design.


© Ana Escobar


© Ana Escobar

At an Alumni Celebration Evening hosted by Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of College Natalie Brett, LCC graduates old and new were invited to reconnect with the College, meet old friends and tour the exhibition.


© Ana Escobar


© Ana Escobar

Congratulations once again to all staff and students who played a part in LCC Summer Shows 2014. Below are some of the ways you can relive the excitement until Summer Shows 2015!

Watch the video //

Show 2: School of Design

Images //

Show 2: School of Design Private View

Show 2: School of Design – The Work

LCC Alumni Celebration Evening

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LCC Summer Shows 2014 Round-Up 1: School of Media

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BA (Hons) Film and Television screening at BFI Southbank. © Ana Escobar

Another spectacular London College of Communication Summer Shows season has drawn to a close and we’re looking back on the most exciting events and exhibitions of the past five weeks.

Settle in for a round-up of School of Media highlights, with the School of Design to follow very soon!

Kicking off the schedule was BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design, who held their Private View in the unique exhibition space of Hotel Elephant on Tuesday 3 June, with the show continuing until the end of that week.

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BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design Private View at Hotel Elephant. © Ana Escobar

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BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design Private View at Hotel Elephant. © Ana Escobar

Following close behind on Wednesday 4 June were BA (Hons) Advertising, who held a conference and pop-up exhibition here at the College, and BA (Hons) Production for Live Events and Television (Top-up), who showcased their work to industry aboard the Tattershall Castle, Victoria Embankment.

The biggest School of Media event of the season saw BA (Hons) Photography and BA (Hons) Photojournalism students exhibiting their work to friends, family, press, industry and members of the public in all the College’s gallery spaces.

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BA (Hons) Photojournalism students at their Private View. © Ana Escobar

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Visitors enjoy work by BA (Hons) Photography students. © Ana Escobar

The exhibition ran from Monday 2 – Saturday 7 June, with Thursday’s Private View a busy and buzzing success.

Film- and television-based courses held their prestigious industry screenings off-site, with BA (Hons) Film and Television first to present their work to a huge turnout at BFI Southbank on Thursday 12 June.

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The BA (Hons) Film & Television showcase at BFI Southbank. © Ana Escobar

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The BA (Hons) Film & Television showcase at BFI Southbank. © Ana Escobar

The final event in the run took place at Leicester Square’s Prince Charles Cinema, where BA (Hons)/FdA Media Practice students showed off their work during an all-evening extravaganza on Thursday 26 June.

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BA (Hons)/FdA Media Practice students at the Prince Charles Cinema. © Ana Escobar

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BA (Hons)/FdA Media Practice students at the Prince Charles Cinema. © Ana Escobar

Congratulations to all the staff and students who made this year’s School of Media events so successful, and thanks to everyone who attended any of the shows above. We hope to see you again next year!

Watch the videos //

BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design

BA (Hons) Photography and BA (Hons) Photojournalism

BA (Hons) Film and Television

Images //

BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design Private View

BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design: The Work

BA (Hons) Photography and BA (Hons) Photojournalism Private View

BA (Hons) Photography and BA (Hons) Photojournalism: The Work

BA (Hons) Film and Television Showcase

BA (Hons)/FdA Media Practice Showcase

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News // LCC student scoops Tigerprint Award at New Designers 2014

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‘Cabinets of Curiosities’, Paige Cartledge, 2014.

Paige Cartledge, one of this year’s BA (Hons) Surface Design graduating students, has just won the New Designers Tiger Print award. Her beautiful collection of wallpapers and stationary entitled ‘Cabinets of Curiosities’ has earned her a £500 cash prize and a six month paid placement across Tiger Print’s two studios.

We caught up with Paige to find out a little more.

Tell us a bit about your collection?

My collection was inspired by the early 16th Century ‘Cabinets of Curiosities’ and my fascination with natural history, taxidermy and the curation of museum displays. I began by visiting as many natural history museums around the UK as I could get to, and started to illustrate the specimens from the Ornithology collections that I found most interesting. Combining my love for drawing, natural history and screen printing, I created a collection of hand printed wallpapers and stationary aimed at celebrating the wonder and beauty within our natural world, and hopefully re-capture our inner curiosity.

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‘Cabinets of Curiosities’, Paige Cartledge, 2014.

How did you feel when you found out that you had won the Tiger Print award?

I was very overwhelmed when I found out I had won the Tiger Print award. I have only discovered my style of working just over a year ago so it was amazing to receive such great feedback and interest. Tiger Print have been a great inspiration throughout my creative practice so I can’t wait to be a part of their team.

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‘Cabinets of Curiosities’, Paige Cartledge, 2014.

What does the future hold for you?

I start my paid 6 months placement with Tiger Print in August but before then I have a bit of freelance work lined up. In the future I hope to continue to sell my work and set up my own business, selling my work online and through various stockists.


‘Cabinets of Curiosities’, Paige Cartledge, 2014.

See more of Paige’s work

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News // LCC MA graduate wins UAL’s prestigious Mead Fellowship

©Monica Alcazar-Duarte

MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography (Online) graduate Monica Alcazar Duarte has won the 2014 Mead Fellowship, designed by UAL to support new and recent graduates in the pursuit of excellence in their creative practice.

The Fellowships of up to £10,000, along with the undergraduate-focused Mead Scholarships, are awarded to those who have demonstrated outstanding ideas in practice across a wide range of creative sectors, or the use of creative solutions in other sectors.

The proposed project for which Monica secured the Fellowship, ‘Forerunners’, will involve the production of a series of nine books focusing on individuals who are leading their lives in an extraordinary way.

We asked Monica to tell us more about what she has in store.

“At some level the project relates to the moment we are going through as a society today. Today we find ourselves watching the economic and environmental crises with concern, wondering what is next.

“I am examining a series of questions in this project. How do human beings adapt, survive and change in extraordinary circumstances? How does transition lead to transformation and enable us to face inevitable changes in life?

“It is such an exciting opportunity to have been awarded the Mead Fellowship. As a recent graduate embarking on the next phase of my practice this support is invaluable.

“The fellowship will allow me to further my independent research and produce my next body of work outside the scope of University. It will also enable the exposure of my work to a wider audience.”

Monica is currently preparing to start the practical phase of the project and is looking forward to sharing her discoveries in more detail!

‘Your Photographs Could Be Used By Drug Dealers’, Monica Alcazar Duarte, 2014.

‘Your Photographs Could Be Used By Drug Dealers’, Monica Alcazar Duarte, 2014.

‘Your Photographs Could Be Used By Drug Dealers’, Monica Alcazar Duarte, 2014.

The Mead Programme is managed by Student Enterprise and Employability (SEE) and generously supported by philanthropist Scott Mead, a London-based fine art photographer, philanthropist and investor.

Read Monica’s alumni profile

Read about MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography (Online)

Read about the Mead Scholarships and Fellowships

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LCC win at D&AD New Blood Exhibition



This week, from Tuesday 1 July – Thursday 3 July, D&AD’s New Blood exhibition and festival took over Old Spitalfields Market. LCC’s School of Design had a stand at the festival showing ‘EDIT 01: Design Works’ a book which celebrates the work of a selection of handpicked undergraduate students.

The School of Design won ‘Best New Blood Stand’, which D&AD awards to “the stand-out stand. One that catches the eye, makes you want to stop, look, and find out more. Once inside, it needs to function well as well as looking good. It should do a good job of presenting the students and their work. ”


LCC’s stall at D&AD New Blood


LCC’s stall at D&AD New Blood

Lawrence Zeegen, Dean of the School of Design explains, “Exploring the multi-faceted, trans-disciplinary, cross-media and hybrid fields of graphic, interaction and spatial communication design, these students stand at the cross-section of traditional and digital practice. At LCC aim to foster creative practitioners empowered and aware of their ethical, moral, cultural, social, economic and environmental responsibilities as 21st century citizens and designers.”


LCC’s stall at D&AD New Blood


LCC’s stall at D&AD New Blood

As a winner LCC will now get a complimentary D&AD Education Network Membership.

EDIT 01 editors: Professor Lawrence Zeegen // Tara Hanrahan // Caroline Roberts // Ash Williamson // Louise Fowler

Read more about LCC’s School of Design


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