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Meet: Chelsea Sheridan

Like many graduates, Chelsea Sheridan decided to go travelling after taking her BA in Graphic and Media Design at London College of Communication. Having spent time in the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand, and then working for a year in Australia, she returned to London and is now about to join the design team at Leisurejobs.

Chelsea Sheridan

Chelsea Sheridan

Why did you decide to go to LCC?

I knew from the start I wanted to go to UAL. Chelsea, St. Martins and the other colleges have such a great reputation and since I wanted to do graphic design, LCC seemed the right fit for me. I did my foundation year there, then specialised in Graphic Design in the second and third years of my degree course.

What did you enjoy most about your course?

I’m very much a hands-on person so I was a bit worried that I might be permanently in front of a computer screen, but I was pleasantly surprised. We were really encouraged to be creative off the screen as well as on, so, for example, I got to spend a lot a lot of time in the screen printing room. There was so much opportunity to do things; to create rather than just print something off.

What were you most proud of during your time there?

I was really proud of my last major project, at the end of Year 3. I probably worked harder on that than anything else I’d done, as it went into our degree show. Again, I actually made something rather than printing it off. I created a home screen printing kit and, at the viewing of our work, I hand screen-printed my business cards as I distributed them.

Did you find your degree an asset when you left college?

Yes. Not just my degree but the whole UAL experience. You come away from University a different person; more independent and more rounded in every way. When I came back from Australia I just looked for any job, really, to get some money together. I got an admin job at Leisure People, but when they saw I had a design degree they encouraged me to help out our online team with some graphic design work. That went very well, so I’m about to move over to the design side full time. I really enjoy the job here and they’ve gone to a lot of trouble to find out what my strengths are and to make use of them.

 Have you got any advice to someone considering doing your course at the LCC?

Do it, you’ll love it. Just make sure to take the time to consider what you really want to do; don’t think you have to do what’s expected of you or what other people are doing. With my skill set I initially thought about doing Fine Art or Surface Design, but I’m glad I settled on Graphic and Media Design. It’s worked out really well for me.

Find out more about the courses offered at London College of Communication here.

Students of Design: Innovative New Website for Emerging Designers

Lindy Staadecker (left) with Anoesjcka Gianotti and Michelle Parekh, the founders of Students of Design

Lindy (right) with Anoesjcka Gianotti and Michelle Parekh, the founders of Students of Design

Lindy Staadecker studied BA (Hons) Interior Design at London College of Communication. Along with two of her close friends, she is launching Students of Design, a “highly innovative” shopping site which will champion emerging British fashion and lifestyle designers and students.  Students of Design will “create, nurture and promote both new and more established confident, self-sufficient entrepreneurs who will in turn create jobs and prospects for others in the creative industries”.

We spoke with Lindy to find out more about her time at LCC, and how she got the innovative project off the ground…

“I chose to study at London College of Communication because it was the only university that offered graphic and spatial design. I wanted to be in central London and I had always enjoyed the graduate shows across the University of the Arts London campuses. I read the lecturer profiles on the website before applying, and loved the idea of studying under Valerie Mace. She is still a very inspiring woman.

I enjoyed my time at UAL to the absolute fullest. I essentially did two courses; an FdA in Graphic and Spatial Design and the third year of a BA Interior Design. The lectures are what made my university experience – all the staff who tutored me through my dissertation were absolute gold. The staff in the workshops, particularly the photography department, saw me through some stressful project deadlines. I learned so much from them.

I presented the idea for Students of Design as my final major project on the BA Interior Design. I used the round table tutorials and the class presentations to test the idea. It was in essence our very first market research. My tutor, Greg Messiah, encouraged me to hand in a project I was passionate about, he was very supportive despite the project not being what he would traditionally expect. During my FMP I often discussed my project with two of my closest friends. Anoesjcka being a designer and having two companies under her belt, understood the difficulties of starting a design based business. She fell in love with the idea of helping young talent. Neither of my friends do anything in half measure, Michelle suggested we join forces and bring the company to life, which gave us a much needed push. We agreed to form Students of Design, said a nervous ‘cheers’, took a big swig of wine and registered the company that evening. We’ve been committed ever since.”

 

You can visit the Students of Design website here

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Did you study BA Print Management at the London College of Printing in 1976?

If so, your old classmate Steve Lee wants to get in touch to arrange a reunion…

LCP football team,1975/6 season

LCP football team,1975/6 season (Steve Lee is back row, second from left).

Here’s a photo of the 1976 London College of Printing which might help jog your memory!

If you were at LCP this year or know anyone who was and would like to get in touch for a possible reunion let us know – alumni@arts.ac.uk.

Please pass this on to anyone you know who studied at London College of Printing and help us spread the word to find these lost alumni!

Meet: Alan Gubby

Alan Gubby studied BA (Hons) Digital Media Production at London College of Communication, graduating in 2008. He teaches media and film studies, but has also set up his own record label, Buried Treasure

Alan Gubby

What were you doing before UAL? What made you want to study at London College of Communication?
I was a music producer for several electronic and jazz music labels and also working as a part time music lecturer. I couldn’t progress further in my teaching career without a relevant degree. Because of the massive growth in the internet in the 2000s I decided to focus on digital media production and UAL / LCC was highly recommended, plus perfectly located in terms of industry and creativity.

Did you enjoy your time at LCC? What were your biggest challenges/achievements?
I found the academic environment inspiring and the resources at LCC were perfect, either using Apple Macs for design work or the library archives for endless research opportunities.
My biggest challenge was going through a divorce during my studies, but UAL was very understanding and supportive whilst I got my personal affairs in order. I had to work hard for my degree and got a 2:1, but my lecturers were understanding and supportive wherever they could be.

What have you been doing since? What advice would you give to UAL graduates wanting to find work in music?
After graduating in 2008 I went on to do a PGCE at Reading University and have been teaching media and film studies ever since.
I also set up the Buried Treasure label and have been releasing music by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and other experimental electronic, folk and psychedelic sounds from the 1960’s and 1970’s.
My advice to students would be to soak up everything! Utterly absorb yourself in the university environment, go to as many lectures as possible, even ones not directly related to your course (if you are allowed). Make as many friends and contacts as possible because these people will help you throughout your future career and vice versa.

What are you working on now? And do you have any future projects in the pipeline
I’ve been writing a screenplay for a psychological thriller loosely based on the lives of Delia Derbyshire and John Baker, two hugely influential British electronic musicians. I’m putting on a musical version of the story at South Street Arts centre in Reading on November 14th. There are lots of performers involved including Pete Wiggs from Saint Etienne and Jonny Trunk. It’s pretty cosmic visually due to the occult 1960s subject matter. You can get tickets here.  I’m also about to release an album by The Dandelion Set featuring cult writer / graphic novelist Alan Moore who wrote V For Vendetta, The Watchmen and so much more.

What inspires you?
Musically I love film soundtracks that combine different disciplines and technology in unusual or inventive ways. Classical, folk, electronic, rock. It can be anything really and literally by anyone as long as there is something unique, emotional or boundary-pushing within it. In terms of the writing and research I do when compiling records I’m a bit of a revisionist. Often the official or accepted version of events is only one person’s version – writing sleeve notes allows the chance to present a different point of view and helps people make their own minds up.

 

Meet: Ashley Buttle

Ashley Buttle

Ashley Buttle

A huge congratulations to Ashley Buttle, who graduated from BA Photography at London College of Communication last Friday.  We met with Ashley to find out more about his time at LCC, his highly acclaimed final project; ‘This Space Contains Work’ and his plans for the future…

What made you chose to study Photography at London College of Communication?

I chose to study at London College of Communication because of a recommendation by an alum of then London College of Printing (now LCC), and because of its really good reputation.

When studying AVCE Art and Design, which was mixed media, I was always drawn to photography. So I studied FdA Photography at the University of Gloucester and then worked for a while. I felt like I wanted to go back and finish my studies, so I joined LCC in the second year.

Did you enjoy the course?

I loved the degree; I took every opportunity I could, including doing a semester in Bielefeld, Germany as part of ERASMUS.  This was really good experience that helped develop my way of working.

I especially enjoyed contextual studies, which was run by Paul Tebbs, who is a theoretical tutor.  He and the module really challenged my perceptions, and changed the way I thought about photography. We were lucky to have guest lecturers such as Craig Smith and Dallas Seitz, which helped give different opinions and perspectives.

What would you say the benefits of studying in London, and in particular LCC?

Studying at LCC has great proximity to galleries – Whitechapel gallery, TATE and Somerset House to name a few… It was also amazing to make use of all the facilities. Every part of my final project was created at the workshops in Elephant & Castle, including book arts, print finishing and reprographics. The graphic design of my book was also done by a LCC MA Graphic Design graduate.

LCC also houses the Photography Archive Research Centre (PARC), run by the well-respected academic, Val Williams who was also available for crits.  I was extremely lucky that Val agree to write the introduction to my book.

I also enjoyed the second year collaboration unit with the BA Sound Arts and Design students. It was in partnership with the National Gallery – one of the lead curators there gave us a brief where we had to respond to the works from the gallery – this was a great chance to work in a different manner.

Tell us about your final project This Space Contains Work…

This Space Contains Work

This Space Contains Work

As a bit of a troublemaker, I was keen to create a project that challenged the notions of the institution. The final major project consisted of a book (edition of 25), installation in two locations, and performance. It responded to photography in many ways without strictly adhering to the traditional ‘photo-essay’ or ‘photo-series’ format. As a result I created bodies of work whose purpose was only to be situated in the book, or a vitrine, and spoken about in the past tense. The work is described or illustrated, but never both at the same time. After completion of the book, copies were donated to libraries and institutions, so that now if you search me on the Tate library, you will find a copy of the book, or if you visit the Whitechapel Gallery Archives it is hidden on the shelves. Two copies were donated into the LCC library, and the Dewey reference code used to catalogue the book was used as the basis for the installation.

During the summer show a plinth holding a glowing plaque, with “709.2 BUT” laser-etched into the surface lay in a custom-built 3×3 meter white space, cordoned off with black rope. By following this clue into the library, you walked past a glass display cabinet, positioned beside other temporary displays of the LCC archive, offering some objects that are discussed in the book. Under shelf-mark 709.2 you could find the book, whose text explores memory, archive, reference, the visual, parody and pastiche. The project’s purpose was to respond to its surroundings, that of the educational frame, and the creation of work within a specified context. The 3x3m installation was positioned on the periphery of the main exhibition, between the main gallery, and the library. The introduction to the book was written by Val Williams, who discusses a project that is mentioned only in the introduction, and neither explained nor illustrated elsewhere, to further play with what can and cannot be explained, understood, or known.

What are your plans after graduation?

I feel like I have really developed from two years ago, the degree has been a steep learning curve.  After graduation I want to continue to work in photography and the arts, but not strictly taking pictures, more responding to images. I am also considering to further my studies.