Finnian is a current student studying MA Illustration and Visual Media at London College of Communication.
Why did you choose to study MA Illustration and Visual Media at London College of Communication?
This course really stood out to me and consequently it was the only MA degree I applied for. A lot of other postgraduate illustration courses only seemed to focus on illustration in the context of children’s books and editorial application. However, MA Illustration and Visual Media at London College of Communication spoke heavily about personal research practice and image making in a wider cultural context. This felt exciting, and relevant too, not only to my own work but also to the environment we live in.
Could you tell me a little bit about your favourite project so far and why?
The Collaborative Unit in term two. We were given 12 weeks to pursue a collaboration in any shape or form. I managed to initiate a partnership with a research group at Imperial College London, a university renowned for working on environmental solutions. This was a dream come true for me as my practice is heavily based around the communication of science. We worked together in creating their visual identity, logo and accompanying illustrations. Not only was this a lot of fun, but it was also great working with people outside of my usual network.
What has been the highlight of the course so far?
The trips are a definite highlight. So far we’ve visited the archive at the V&A, and The Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, as well as having personal introductions by the curators at both Somerset House and Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, to name just a few.
What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learnt on the course so far?
To trust myself. Also, to just do whatever it is that I enjoy most because ultimately that is what I will be best at. The seminars and constant critical discussion have really helped me to become more confident in articulating my ideas and understanding my own perspective.
How do you find the facilities available to you at London College of Communication?
Really good! There’s an almost endless supply of tools and technology to facilitate any avenue you decide to explore. The print facilities were a massive draw for me when applying. I have also found myself signing up for all the software workshops and picking the brains of the technical staff working in the creative technology lab.
Where do you hope studying this course will lead you in the future?
At the most basic level I hope the course helps strengthen my understanding of my own practice which will enable me to push my work forward into the areas I see fit. There are quite a few specific ventures that I wish to see into fruition, and this course is already helping me build the foundations of those. I always think the dream in any creative vocation is to be able to make a living out of it.
Why would you recommend MA Illustration and Visual Media to prospective students?
If you’re interested in exploring illustration and image making in the 21st century at a postgraduate level, then this is the course for you.
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