Marco is a current student on BA (Hons) Illustration and Visual Media at London College of Communication.
Why did you choose to study this course and why London College of Communication?
I chose LCC because BA (Hons) Illustration and Visual Media suited my needs and I believed it would give me the knowledge to achieve my goals in life. LCC is one of the six Colleges that make up UAL, the second best University for art and design in the world!
What was your first impression of London College of Communication when you joined?
This is where I belong. I knew as soon as I walked through the doors. It was confirmed when I saw the facilities, especially the screen printing workshop!
The College offers so much, and you have the opportunity to learn skills that go beyond your course, for example, photography and bookbinding. Studying here has given me space to try things I couldn’t afford outside the university.
What’s the most interesting project you’ve worked on during your course so far?
I am currently making a 3D sculpture of a letter from a language I don't know. We are working on a typographic project where we research languages we don't understand and interpret it in any way we want. It's very exciting to be able to work on both open and restricted projects. One allows me explore and make all the decisions, whilst the other teaches me how to excel based on specific criteria.
What important piece of advice would you give to someone thinking of studying this course?
Go as far away as possible from your comfort zone and try everything! You will never have the luxury of having so many techniques and creative people working in different disciplines under one roof. Taking advantage of your environment is essential. You’ll regret not trying things like lino printing, laser cutting and black and white film development when you leave LCC.
Name three things you couldn't be creative without:
My laptop, London and the library.
How have you found living in London, and where’s your favourite place to explore?
I love living in London, it's definitely one of the best cities in Europe and the world. I can't choose just one place I love exploring, because every neighbourhood offers something new and exciting. Brick Lane has great food and street art, Brixton has great music venues, Soho has cool stores, the list is endless! The best way to keep track of all these is to read the free Time Out magazine which you can get at the front door of LCC.
How did you find moving into halls?
In the beginning it was a bit scary. I left my family and had to figure out how to wash clothes and do food shopping, but it's so rewarding in the long run. You become more independent and you grow so much. You get to live your life the way you want to and share it with the awesome people you meet in halls.
What has been the highlight of your first year so far?
Joining the UAL rugby team and meeting lots of guys from other courses and Colleges. We train together, play matches and go out every Wednesday with all the other sports teams like netball, cheerleading, football, etc. It's a great way to socialise and stay fit.
Why would you recommend BA (Hons) Illustration and Visual Media to prospective students?
If you are serious about your future and want to have fun at the same time, come study BA (Hons) Illustration and Visual Media at London College of Communication. The tutors are engaging and are always willing to help you and your artwork reach its highest potential. It's great to be in a space with like-minded people and learning everyday about things you're interested in. The course will help you discover what kind of artist you are and who you really want to be in the future.
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