Alexander Owen graduated from BA (Hons) Illustration and Visual Media at London College of Communication.
What attracted you to the course and London College of Communication?
The course is so varied, it offered the opportunity to touch on a lot of different aspects of image making and design that I either hadn’t done before or wanted to do more of.
What was the most interesting project you worked on during your course?
It would definitely have to be the self-directed project in my final year. At that point, you’re more confident in your own work and it makes it a lot easier to dive into creating your own briefs and exploring your own ideas through the image making you want to develop.
What are your fondest memories of London College of Communication?
I loved being part of the curating team in preparation for the degree show. It was great to see how varied the work is from the course and so fun to see it all together. Everyone is so busy during the period leading up to the show, so it’s great to get back together and see each other’s work.
What three words would you use to best describe London College of Communication?
Energetic, busy and connected.
What piece of advice would you give to new students?
When you’re first starting the course keep an open mind and try out as much as possible. The facilities at the College are great and the technicians who run them are extremely helpful.
Why would you recommend studying the course to other students?
BA (Hons) Illustration and Visual Media is such an open and varied course, you may come into the course thinking you want to do one thing and leave doing something completely different. It definitely pushes you to develop your work and the tutors and staff on the course encourage you to make the best work possible.
Can you tell us a little bit about what you’ve been up to since graduating?
I have continued to freelance, which I started to do while I was still on the course. I’ve done all kinds of jobs from editorial illustrations for magazines to 3D work for album covers.
My work has been exhibited in group shows in London, Berlin and Washington. Along with my first solo show at the start of 2019. These all came about as I continued to make work after graduating and socialising with the people around me and online.
How has the course helped you get to where you are today?
The most useful thing I’ve taken from my time on the course was the people I met while there. The people I’ve become friends with have helped to create a network that I can use to secure work. We all support each other’s work and develop our practice outside of the course.
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