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Laura is a final year student on BA (Hons) Journalism at London College of Communication.
Why did you choose to study this course and why London College of Communication (LCC)?
I chose LCC because I have always wanted to attend UAL - it's a diverse and creative University in the heart of London. I chose to study BA (Hons) Journalism, as I have always loved telling stories and wanted to further develop those skills with a degree. The University has incredible connections to the industry, and teaches relevant and cutting edge practical skills and theory. At UAL you won't go a day without seeing or learning something cool and new, be it through the many exhibitions around the College, the course or the people.
What’s the most interesting project you’ve worked on so far?
Artefact Magazine! It's the Final Major Project that we collaboratively as a course create in third year, in a newsroom style workspace and to a professional standard. It's exciting to be able to create a magazine that we have a say in, from what we write to editing each other's pieces and then to creating social media posts for our articles and multimedia.
Have you had any opportunities to engage with industry whilst on the course?
We have had a multitude of guest speakers come in to speak to us, ranging from journalists from The Times to Vice. As well as this, in second year I got to collaborate with the website Tremr and had the founders come in every week to supervise and discuss our progress in creating content for their website.
Have you completed any work placements / internships whilst being on the course?
I undertook a work placement at Create Productions, where I was an audio production assistant. I got to work on podcasts such as Loose Lips and the House of Fraser beauty podcast. I worked in post-production but was also given the opportunity to sit in on the recording of a Loose Lips episode, which was a lot of fun to witness! The company also runs Fun Kids, the only children's radio in the UK, so I created content for their website and radio segments. As well as this, I was then asked to help at the 2019 British Podcast Awards as assistant producer. It was an incredible work placement that taught me so much about the audio world of journalism, and honed skills that I had learned at uni to a professional standard!
What important piece of advice would you give to students thinking of studying this course?
Have a deep rooted love and interest for stories and people. You get the opportunity to leave your comfort zone and explore your interests freely on the course. That is so valuable as what you come in thinking you'll do after you graduate, is most likely going to be different to what you graduate wanting to do.
If you come to UAL, you'll never be under the same roof as so many creative people with incredible talents, who will push and influence you to cultivate your own talents and push your limits, so speak to as many people and ask as many questions as possible. You'll never know where your next inspiration for an article will come from.
What has been the highlight of your LCC experience so far?
Being a Student Ambassador has made my LCC experience memorable, as I have found so many friends that I never would have met otherwise. Having a social life alongside your studies is so important at university, and at a city campus like LCC I would recommend you getting involved as much as possible to ensure you have plenty of opportunities to meet people.
What is the most important thing you've learnt on the course so far?
Be confident in yourself. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and try something new, but take ownership and be proud of what you create. You'll never have another three years of your life to explore your interests and skills, while getting advice and constructive criticism from industry professionals that you see every week.
What would your dream day in London look like?
My dream day in London would be a warm, relaxed and sunny one. I would begin with a walk through Hampstead Heath with friends, looking out at the incredible view of London on Parliament Hill. Then I'd visit Daunt Books on South End Road and spend more than I should on new books, also finding bargains in the charity shops as the ones in Hampstead have some fantastic pieces. We would go home, make food, and sit on our roof-turned-balcony. After that, I'd attend a yoga class at triyoga off Brick Lane and go and get a juice afterwards, finishing the day meeting friends at the local pub for dinner and a drink.
If you had to describe your LCC experience in three words, what would they be?
Bold, challenging, inclusive.
View the BA (Hons) Journalism course page.