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Alex Wansell

Profession
BA (Hons) Photography student
College
London College of Communication
Person Type
Student
Alex  Wansell

Biography

Alex is a second year student on BA (Hons) Photography at London College of Communication.

Interview

Why did you choose to study this course and why London College of Communication (LCC)?            

I really like how broad the course is. I've been able to create work based on my interests from the first project. The facilities and opportunities available were also a really big pull for me.

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

I think the most interesting project was the ‘Photographic Manifesto’ project we did in first year. We were tasked to make ‘printed matter’ as our final outcome, so I made a book that was an archive of all the items that I have collected over the years like postcards, train tickets, club wristbands etc. It was something completely different from anything I’d done before and it was the project I’ve been most proud of so far.

Have you had any opportunities to engage with industry whilst on the course?

Yes, we have industry professionals, from photographer to curators, come in and talk to us every Wednesday. There's lots of variety and sometimes we have the opportunity to suggest future guest speakers.

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

I would always say to try everything that is offered. If there are workshops available, go to them. Always attend the guest lectures, especially in the first year. Also, to be nice and befriend all the technicians you meet in the workshops, as they are the people who will be able to help you when you have deadlines!

What has been the highlight of your LCC experience so far?      

Meeting all my course mates and the people at UAL who are interested in the same things I am. I think in terms of my development of my work, the highlight of my experience has been going to the bookbinding workshops, I think I’ve been to all of the ones they have apart from one!

How do you find your course specific facilities?

The facilities are easy to access and use. For most of the facilities on offer at the university, you have to take an induction, then you are able to book and use the facilities for any projects you’re doing.

How do you find being a student in London? 

I think that London is one of the best places to be a student. There is always something going on and there is so much variety which is often made cheaper for students! I think my perfect day in London would start in Lumberjack, my local café, having a coffee and cake with my friends and then a day either going to an exhibition or just going for a walk and exploring somewhere we haven’t been before. If it’s summer, spend the evening at Franks’ Café which is a rooftop bar in Peckham which has some of the best views of the London skyline.

What are your career aspirations? 

I would like to work in a gallery or museum setting, as a curator or exhibition designer. My plan is to do a MA in Curation/Visual Management. I am able to cater my work on the course to this goal which is amazing. The course is designed to allow you to explore what you’re passionate about.

If you had to describe your LCC experience in three words, what would they be?

Exciting, creative and (a lot of) fun.

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View the BA (Hons) Photography course page.