Pascal Mowla – BA (Hons) Sound Arts & Design

Photograph of Pascal Mowla, showing the profile a bald man wearing sunglasses sitting on a bus. Through the two windows behind his head you can see grass, a building and palm trees.
Work by Pascal Mowla
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Pascal Mowla is an alumni of BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design at London College of Communication (LCC).

What did you study at LCC and what year did you graduate?

I studied BA (Hons) Sound Arts & Design at LCC and graduated with a first class degree in 2015.

What attracted you to the course? What are your fondest memories of LCC?

I was originally attracted to LCC because I saw it as a great opportunity to come to London and to develop both artistically and academically alongside a wide range of artists in a vibrant city. The Sound Arts course has the benefit of allowing students to work with a variety of mediums and can open the door for interdisciplinary collaborations with students across University of the Arts London (UAL).

Indeed, some of the fondest memories I have during my time of the course were working on such projects and in particular, working with film students at LCC.

Still from An Poem is a Friend, 2016 by Pascal Mowla. An old man with a white beard is sipping a hot cup of black tea whilst sitting on a sofa.
Still from An Poem is a Friend, 2016 by Pascal Mowla
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What are you working at the moment?

I was previously working as a runner for a renowned TV post-production house in London. However, I had a change of heart and I am now back at university completing a Masters' degree in Philosophy. Alongside my studies, I try to find time for my more artistic endeavours.

Tell us about your future plans and ambitions

Upon finishing my MA, I hope to climb the academic ladder and undertake a research degree in Philosophy, with the aim of working in higher education or the research industry.

I'm incredibly interested in conducting further philosophical enquiries into ‘The Culture Industry’ to better understand the ideological nature of our relationship to art or media and culture more broadly.

Despite this, my current research project is firmly rooted within political philosophy and more specifically, my writing will be primarily concerned with the notion of ‘pure tolerance’ in democratic societies.

What drives you to succeed?

Being met with challenging work on a day-to-day basis and a passion for the areas of study I have engaged with. 

What three words would you use to best describe LCC?

Eclectic, engaging and exciting - (they tell me that alliteration is persuasive in advertising!)

Photograph of warm afternoon sunlight on the outside of a building and window. Blue sky, lamp post, post box
Work by Pascal Mowla
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What piece of advice would you give to new students?

As with any other courses, you will not make much success of it without sincerely investing your time and effort. The old adage of ‘you only get out what you put in’ certainly applies here and so make an effort to immerse yourself in both the practical and theoretical elements of the course in order to make the most of your time here.

Engaging with other students can also be of massive benefit and so do not shy away from the pub… for at least a couple nights a week!

Where in London do you go when you need a little inspiration?

I don’t have a ‘go-to’ place for inspiration, in fact many of my best ideas have occurred whilst performing monotonous jobs like washing the dishes. Many of London’s museums are of course thought-provoking though and finding a nice spot to read a good work of literature can also be of use.

Links:

www.pascalmowla.com