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New postgraduate courses announced

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We’ve been making some very exciting changes to our postgraduate offer lately, so below we’ve rounded up all our new and revised postgraduate courses in one place.

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Starting in September 2015, we are offering a range of fantastic new courses in order to meet demand and expand applicants’ options in a number of fast-evolving and developing creative industries.

We hope that there will now also be even more opportunity for undergraduate-to-postgraduate progression.

Our new postgraduate courses, subject to validation, are:

MA Animation: Students create, explore and play with both 3D digital and 2.5D analogue technologies. This course offers the chance to develop a personal practice that understands animation in multiple forms, creating innovative approaches to animation driven by critical understanding.

MA Design Management and Cultures: Students develop high-level leadership, management, communication and analytical skills for a career in the creative and cultural industries. The course combines academic study with creative and professional practice in a project-led curriculum.

MA Film (2016 entry onwards): Information available shortly

MA Games Design: Rooted in experimental practice, MA Games Design ensures that students are equipped with both the technical and critical skills that allow them to produce a broad portfolio of innovative game prototypes. Concepts of goal, challenge and obstacle are also explored through critical evaluation.

MA International Journalism (Online): A new course developed to help journalists get an international perspective on the world and the way in which global media is now accessible across traditional frontiers thanks to rapidly-evolving communications technology.

MA Television: This unique course delivers the skills needed to design and make fact-based television programming. Students learn how to translate their ideas into practical, hands-on advanced programming and also learn about pitching, budgeting, and how to establish their own production company.

Postgraduate Diploma Photography: Information available shortly

Updated courses //

Some of our other postgraduate courses have been significantly revalidated and are now offering updated content.

MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism (revalidated MA Journalism): Students develop the advanced skills needed for a successful career in journalism, create substantial pieces of journalism on aspects of arts, culture and lifestyle, and learn from tutors with extensive professional experience of arts journalism in print, broadcast and online.

MA Graphic and Media Design (revalidated MA Graphic Design): Students establish a distinct understanding of the fields of graphic design and visual culture, as well as those that infect, destabilise and unravel it. This course invites thoughtful, critical, productive individuals interested in the effective articulation of design.

Changes //

We’re also ensuring that all our Masters programmes (MAs) start in September. Courses which currently have January starts will have one final January intake in 2015, then standardised September starts will begin in September 2015.

All full-time MA courses will also move to a four-term model, with part-time MAs using a seven-term model.

We hope you enjoy exploring our new postgraduate possibilities!

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LCC alumna reveals lives of hospice patients in new exhibition

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Jade Sempare, 31, was diagnosed with MS at the age of 13. She told Eléonore about how her house keys represented living independently from her mum.

MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography alumna Eléonore de Bonneval has recently been working with patients at St. Joseph’s Hospice, Mare Street, Hackney, to create a series of intimate portraits capturing the most important objects in their lives.

Launched to coincide with Hospice Care Week, Eléonore’s ‘Everlasting Lives’ exhibition features photographs of objects selected not for their materialistic value but for the personal and emotional stories attached.

St Joseph’s Hospice is one of the oldest and largest hospices in Britain, founded in 1905. It is an independent charity providing compassionate support and care for people with life-limiting conditions and terminal illnesses in Hackney and the City of London, Newham and Tower Hamlets.

Speaking at the exhibition opening, Eléonore said:

“I want to thank St Joseph’s Hospice staff and patients for their support and trust throughout this project.

“Jade, Sanjay, Lucie, John, Josie, Susan and Viviane told me about their life stories, we identified together five objects that mattered to them, but really those objects don’t matter.

“What do matter are the stories attached. Through those you’ll get a window into their lives, hear about their trips, favourite books or music and most importantly you’ll hear about the essential role played by their beloved friends and family.”

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John Waterhouse’s photograph of his dad

John Waterhouse, 77
Diagnosed with blood cancer in January 2013

My dad
I was born the wrong time, 1937. I didn’t see my father. I don’t remember seeing my father until I was 8 years of age. It wasn’t a normal upbringing because my mother was in the hospital. She had TB. She died at 32. I was 9.

I was about 8 years of age when my dad came back, he was like a stranger because I had not seen him at all really. I remember he came in, he gave us a little jar of sweets and went round the pub. I still remember that day. I don’t know what sweets it was in those days, everything was rationed.

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Toys belonging to Susan Murray’s children

Susan Murray, 52
Diagnosed with MS on January 18, 2008

‘Eric the Sheep’ and ‘Stripey Zebra’, my children’s teddy bears.
I had my first kid Alfy, now 15, when I was 38 and Jake, now 12, when I was 40. The only thing I didn’t do is travel to South America, which is the next place I wanted to go to. But I had the kids instead.

My life has completely changed since I had the kids. It does. They are really important to me.

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Perfume bottle belonging to Viviane Fatimani’s grandmother

Viviane Fatimani, 29
Diagnosed with MS in December 2009

The scent of my French grandmother
My grandmother died last year at Christmas, two days before we came to visit but I think it was on purpose because she always made me promise I would be at her funeral. When I was living in Mexico, sometimes she said ‘you will come back for my funeral right?’ ‘Yeah of course I will Mémé !’.

I have kept her perfume because it smells of her. It is Cinema by Yves Saint Laurent. I can’t believe she used to bath herself in this stuff. I used to think that it was just what she used to smell of. I didn’t realize it was perfume. My aunt told me ‘you should take the perfume’.

I took it to my sister and I said: ‘Close your eyes, smell this, what is it ? What does it smell of?’ She said, ‘it smells of Mémé!’

‘Everlasting Lives’ continues at St Joseph’s Hospice until Friday 16 January 2015 and is open every day 9am-6pm.

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Review // David Goldblatt and Anthony Clavane turn spotlight on football’s big issues

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David Goldblatt, award-winning author of The Game Of Our Lives.

Second-year BA (Hons) Sports Journalism student Stephen Kilbey, winner of the 2014 Sir William Lyons Award for best young motoring journalist, reports on the latest in LCC’s popular series of sports guest lectures.

Award-winning authors David Goldblatt and Anthony Clavane recently tackled the good, the bad and the downright ugly sides of the ‘beautiful game’ as guests of LCC’s BA (Hons) Sports Journalism course.

Goldblatt’s latest book, The Game Of Our Lives, has been widely acclaimed as a seminal look behind the money-fuelled hype surrounding English football at its elite level.

Clavane, who is also a Sports Journalism tutor at LCC, is the author of Promised Land, about his emotional ties to his home city Leeds and its football club, which was named as both Football and Sports Book of the Year in 2011.

He also writes on football for, amongst others, the Mirror, Independent and New Statesman and is an authority on the Jewish influence on the English game.

On their agenda at LCC were hot topics including club ownership, recent incidents of racism within the sport, and the growing popularity of the women’s game.

“I think with the rise of women’s football, we should see a new type of following,” said Goldblatt. “I don’t know quite what it is yet, but I certainly think it will be better to see something other than a clone of the Premier League.

“Will it ever be as big as men’s football to truly rival it? I’m not sure… Women’s football still has a long way to go, but it’s certainly the most prominent it’s been for the public since its boom during the early 20th century.”

BA (Hons) Sports Journalism Course Leader Anne Coddington said after writing her 1997 book One Of The Lads: Women Who Follow Football, she expected to have seen more progress by now in terms of female fandom, roles within clubs and in the sports media.

Clavane illustrated the progress made in dealing with racism in football with anecdotes from his time supporting Leeds United while growing up, when it was still widespread among fans.

“It was hard,” he explained. “I actually gave up my fandom for a couple of years because it got too much for me.

“When there’s several thousand fans chanting the same obscene things at black players, your fellow supporters, sometimes people you’d call friends… The only way I found I could deal with it was to get up and leave.”

The session ended with some thought-provoking questions from the students, who left motivated and eager to continue the discussion.

Words by BA (Hons) Sports Journalism student Stephen Kilbey

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Journalism Guest Speaker Review // Magazines, Fashion, Style and Apps

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Joanna Montgomery (far left) and Deborah Joseph speak to LCC’s Programme Director of Journalism and Publishing, Simon Hinde.

Last month the Podium Lecture Theatre at London College of Communication hosted a talk on the digitalisation of media and how fashion magazines build interest through social media.

Joanna Montgomery, head of digital at Bauer Media, responsible for the publishing of products such as GRAZIA, Mojo, Kerrang, Q, most recently The Brief and many more, was one of two guest speakers.

The creative director of emerging fashion app ASAP54, Deborah Joseph, joined the talk to share her experience as a fashion journalist and also entrepreneur.

BA (Hons) Journalism student Desislava Todorova reports on the event.

Joanna Montgomery began by telling us about her experience in the industry. As a head of digital in Europe’s largest privately owned publishing group since 2012, she takes care of digital marketing, audience and content strategy, product management, media analytics and a bit of technology.

According to Joanna, social media has become an important element of the marketing strategy and people are becoming more aware of that. Accurately building up an audience on all social media channels could be crucial for the success of a campaign, for instance.

Another topic touched on was the digital content of magazines and how, as she mentions, “three years ago” websites were regarded as pure marketing tools, while now they are separate editorial products in their own right. As a result, the best content is being selected and later included in the print version.

To the question of whether or not digital is killing print media, she referred to the mobile versions of Bauer’s products. In this way, people are not focusing on the magazine as an object but more on its content. So her answer was “yes and no” because in the end, apps, websites and mobile versions are simply different mediums for information and digitalism has provided us with more options without necessarily excluding their print versions.

This is when Deborah Joseph stepped into the talk. She is the creative director of mobile app ASAP54. Her career more recently involved being an editor-in-chief of Condé Nast’s publication Easy Living magazine.

Her vision of the fashion world has changed through the years, as well as her perception of publications. She recalled saying years ago during an interview that she couldn’t imagine reading a book (as an example of print publication) without physically feeling it as part of the experience.

Today, she carries her Kindle and explains how fascinated she is with this swift pace of change due to digitalisation. Her most recent project, ASAP54, is a combination of trend research, fashion styling and cool-hunting which completely changes the shopping experience.

Therefore, this product is an example of the reshaping power of digital media and how this has changed our everyday perspective.

The talk was attended by students from various courses and concluded with a Q&A session which proved very useful for students aiming at fashion and digital journalism.

Words and image by BA (Hons) Journalism student Desislava Todorova.

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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

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