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Daphne Toprek

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London College of Communication
Daphne  Toprek

Biography

Daphne Toprek is a 3rd year student on BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Cultures at London College of Communication.

Interview

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

My main reason to study BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Cultures was the broadness of the course and how because of that it would give me an opportunity to explore my talents and interests. There’s really no course like this at any other university, and that together with the great vibe LCC has made me choose to study here.

What was your first impression of London College of Communication when you joined?

It had a very relaxed vibe! Everyone is easy going and incredibly helpful. Even though everyone is very talented, I've never felt intimidated because the environment just pushes you to explore and be your most talented and creative self.

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

That has to be the course exhibition we got to do in the final year. I produced a magical realist photo series on goddesses which I then got to exhibit in a public space. It was amazing to see people react to my work and to hear their thoughts on my creations.

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

Be critical in class, make use of the resources that the College has and get involved with all the opportunities available to you. It's an amazing way to build your portfolio and CV in a laid back environment.

Name three things you couldn't be creative without:

Colour, clothing, critical thinking.

Have you completed any work experience outside of your course?

Yes, I volunteer at the Fashion and Textile Museum and I have been given an industry mentor through an industry mentor programme that UAL provides. This scheme has been an incredible help to me in building my future.

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

London is weird in a good way. The best place to find that weirdness is Portobello Road. Around London College of Communication, do check out Mercato Metropolitano for phenomenal food and cocktails. It's only a 5 minute walk from the College, so why wouldn't you?


What has been the highlight of your London College of Communication experience so far?
Getting involved in the Peer Assisted Learning programme as a Workshop Leader and co-leading a discussion panel with UAL's Chancellor, Grayson Perry.

Related area

View the BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Cultures course page.