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Isabella Colloff Watson

Profession
BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing graduate
College
London College of Communication
Person Type
Student
Isabella  Colloff Watson

Biography

Isabella graduated from BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing at London College of Communication in 2020.

Interview

What was the most interesting project you worked on during your course?
Definitely my Final Major Project, YUCK. The fact that I was given the freedom to develop the magazine - from initial idea all the way through to publishing. It was so exciting and gave me a real sense of accomplishment and pride.

Did the course provide opportunities to engage with industry?
Yes! The emphasis on industry was such a valuable aspect of the course: it helped me really focus on what it was I wanted to do beyond university, and gave me the motivation to work hard to achieve it.

Many of the tutors have years/decades of industry experience, so their guidance and feedback feels relevant both educationally and professionally.

Throughout my degree we had some amazing guest speakers (including Mark Hooper from Virgin Media, Buzzfeed U.K, Mushpit Magazine, gal-dem, and Hole & Corner Magazine) that gave us real insight, advice and inspiration. I left every talk wishing I could work for/with them!

The course also gave me opportunities to experience working in industry environments, creating work for the Royal Academy, Global Alliance for Maternal Mental Health, local SME's and UAL itself. I have left university with a portfolio that has been crucial so far in progressing my career.

Did you complete any work placements / internships whilst being on the course?

In my second year, I did a placement at Talent Works. It is a UAL initiative that gives LCC students hands-on professional experience, working with local charities, social enterprises and community groups on a wide range of creative and communications projects. It's also paid, which is a massive plus.

What important piece of advice would you give to students thinking of studying this course?
Take on as many opportunities as you possibly can.

LCC excels at offering students a chance to create work beyond the scope of their degree, and the more you do, the more you will build your portfolio and your skill set. That is what will set you apart and prepare you for your future career.

What was the highlight of your LCC experience?
It was definitely winning the Woodgate Stephens Master Prize (a historic award connected to the course) where I was awarded £500.

Not forgetting, having my Final Major Project, YUCK magazine, selected and featured as one of VICE's top student magazines of 2020.

What have you been up to since graduating?
My magazine, YUCK, Issue 1 has been finalised for print and will be available very soon. Issue 2 is also on the way and it's even more gloriously slimy, sloppy and mouldy than Issue 1!

We're upping the design and visual content and getting more contributors and it'll hopefully be out in the second half of this year.

I am also currently applying for my M.A. in Journalism, so wish me luck on that.

Finally, how did you course support getting you to where you are today?
Having embarked on the course with only a vague idea of a career-path, the course gave me the opportunity to explore and develop my ideas, my work and my skills in a really hands-on way.

The course gives you such a wide scope of the journalism and publishing industry, and you get the opportunity to tackle so many different types of projects, all with the expert guidance from the tutors and the amazing facilities at LCC.

Completing this course has given me confidence in my own abilities and my own ideas, and has equipped me with an arson of skills that are applicable across a variety of careers in journalism, content creation and publishing.

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