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Student Profile: Maasa Yamanashi

Steven Ingman in the MA Painting studios
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Published date
07 October 2015

Today we caught up with MA Graphic Design Communication student Maasa Yamanashi to talk to her about her work and her time at Chelsea.

Describe your experience at Chelsea in 3 words.    

Trial, Errors, Critical-Analysis

What do you enjoy most about studying at Chelsea?         

Chelsea is an engaging environment, which encourages us to dare to challenge new and experimental attempts. The support staff such as tutors, technicians, language support teachers and librarians are strongly connected to each programme and understand what we need to support our work. Chelsea has very well-equipped facilities for creating work where we can extend our range of expression.

Where do you live at the moment and what do you enjoy most about being in London?

I live in Waterloo, which is very central and accessible to Chelsea on foot.

It is easy to attend not only teaching events in my own course programme but also lectures workshops and other events from other programmes at Chelsea such as Graphic Design Communication and Fine Art.

London is one of the most cosmopolitan and multicultural cities in the world.  Here I can interact with people from different countries and experience a variety of cultures, which I have never experienced before in my life. Learning and sharing diverse values is exciting because I can gain new perspectives. I will never get bored of London!

What has been your greatest challenge so far on the course and how have you overcome it?    

Although I have only been a student for a couple of months,  I have already encountered and learned a lot of new things. So far we have worked on our own self-designed briefs and have approached our interests in many different ways from practical and theoretical aspects to finding our own methodology.

The course is really challenging, however, every week tutorials with tutors and course mates and workshops bring me many perspectives, which helps develop my projects further. The theory based workshop class is really useful to reflect on what I have done critically and to discuss relevant theorists ideas.

Experimental Collage Lights and Shadows by maasa yamanashi

Experimental Collage Lights and Shadows by maasa yamanashi

What have been your greatest achievements during your time at Chelsea?         

My work was chosen for the Drawing Show named WE ALL DRAW @UAL at Bargehouse in November. It was a really good opportunity to get feedback from external audiences and get to know other artists.

What do you see yourself doing after you graduate?         

After graduating, I will return to the design industries to apply what I have gained in Chelsea to society.  I want to work as an international designer combining both research and practical skills.

What would you say to someone considering studying at Chelsea?

Chelsea College of Arts is a great school for people who want to learn arts and design from both practical and theoretical aspects.

'Girl' (WE ALL DRAW @UAL at Bargehouse) by Maasa Yamanashi

‘Girl’ (WE ALL DRAW @UAL at Bargehouse) by Maasa Yamanashi

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