Alfieyah Abdullah – MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism

Photograph of Alfieyah Abdullah wearing a black hooded top and looking out of a window and laughing.
Image © Alfieyah Abdullah

Alfieyah Abdullah is a student on MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism at London College of Communication (LCC).

How would you describe your practice (e.g. are you a photographer, designer, illustrator etc)?

I'm an all-in type of person I guess. I have experience in photography and design. I have a diploma in Fine Art, I've freelanced as a travel writer, have made audio videos and I practice theatre.

Where are you from in the world?

Singapore

Why did you choose to study this course and why LCC?

I was looking for a niche masters subject and a friend of mine who's an undergraduate at LCC introduced me to the school. I like my course because of its focus and how it fits with my interests.

What was your first impression of LCC when you joined?

I belong here.

And what’s your favourite thing about LCC now?

It's pushed me to embrace all the skills I've exposed myself to in the past and not to limit myself to just using journalism despite being a journalism masters course. The coffee and danish pasteries from the café keeps me sane.

What’s the most interesting project you’ve worked on through your course so far?

Working on Oppose magazine has been the most interesting experience I've had. It's like a self-designed internship; you're your own boss and you're responsible for your own role. No one's guiding you but yourself. Self-sustaining and self-guiding intern!

What important piece of advice would you give to students thinking of studying this course?

I think just generally, whatever you want to do (or maybe you're not even sure if you want to be doing this) give it your 110%, or more. Immerse yourself in the culture of the people around you and learn everything that's offered to you. Be bold, be brave, question everything.

What three words would you use to best describe LCC?

Diverse, open, and unexpected.

Where are you working at the moment and what are some recent interesting projects you’ve worked on?

Currently I'm focusing my energy on the planning of Oppose (Issue 2), but I am also branching out into theatre; auditioning for roles in small plays etc.

Could you describe your style or what you try to achieve with your work?

I'm quite systematic yet instinctive at the same time. My organisational skills help get my work done but I'm still able to follow my gut feeling when it comes to decision making. That's just the journalistic part of me.

The design, creative half of me is more 'go-with-the-flow' and I create based on inspiration. In short, I like control but I can't be controlled.

An illustrated article by Alfieyah Abdullah for Oppose Magazine, a collaborative project by MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism students at LCC. The illustrations show sections of architecture in Padua.
Image © Alfieyah Abdullah

 

Name three things you couldn't be creative without:

1. A blank (no-line) notebook 2. Music 3. Long bus rides. (not exactly a thing but it helps)

If you could work with any client in the world, who would it be and what would you want to work on?

Hands down without a doubt Condé Nast. Just to be a guest writer or a contributor and have my work good enough to publish on their Condé Nast traveller site would be amazing.

How have you found living in London, and where’s your favourite place to explore?

I've loved London since the moment I watched 'What a girl wants' staring Amanda Bynes. As cheesy as that sounds. My favourite place to visit; maybe not explore, is Borough Market. I can't seem to get enough of the food.

What are you hoping to achieve after you graduate?

Aside from being able to work with a company that I greatly admire, I want to be proud of myself and what I've achieved. This journey I'm undertaking is something I'm doing for myself, so I need to feel a sense of content at the end of it. 

Links

Website (journalistic): http://medium.com/@alfieyah
Blog (Travel & Food): http://streetsofstrangers.com
Instagram (Photography): http://instagram.com/streetsofstrangers 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/_alfieyah