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Veva is a second year student, from Portugal, studying BA User Experience Design at London College of Communication.
Why did you choose to study your course and why London College of Communication?
After researching about UX and LCC, I got super excited. The course itself combined everything I liked doing, and LCC was full of facilities and workshops that I knew I was going to enjoy taking advantage of.
What’s the most interesting project you’ve worked on so far?
I think if I had to choose one, it would be the last project of my first year. I had to incorporate and illustrate one of the problems highlighted in the Mozilla Internet Health Report. The final goal was to create and code a website that illustrated the result of our research. I think what made this so interesting was that we were actually coding.
Until I started the course, I literally knew nothing about coding, and there I was 8 months later coding a functional website. It just blew my mind how far I’d come in such a short amount of time.
Have you had any opportunities to engage with industry whilst on the course?
Yes, we had the Professional Practices Unit where we had guest lecturers every week. Our second brief for the unit was also set by an industry client.
This unit had such a positive influence on my learning, especially the guest lecturers. All of the lecturers are currently working in the design industry and brought in real life examples and methods to our lectures.
What important piece of advice would you give to students thinking of studying this course?
One, you don’t need to know how to code. I had 0 knowledge of coding when coming here and within 7 months I was coding functional websites!
Secondly, talk to everyone! Join clubs and societies, go out, follow people and their art accounts on Instagram. Networking is key! You’ll be glad you did if, should you ever need to collaborate or need help for a project. Plus, you make lots of interesting friends along the way!
What has been the highlight of your LCC experience so far?
Actually moving to London (which was a dream of mine since I was little), getting to walk around the city at any time of day, going to art galleries and playing all over London with the UAL volleyball team!
What are your career aspirations? Where would you like to be in five years' time?
I’d love to either be working in a big company like Google or Facebook, or working for a company that is making a difference in the world. I’m not really sure yet, but I do know I’d love to be able to travel around the world and work in different cities and experience local cultures.
What is the most important thing you've learnt on the course so far?
Feedback is super important for everything you do! A fresh new pair of eyes (or seven) can do wonders for whatever project you’re working on. Always take in every piece of feedback with an open mind and use it to make whatever you’re working on better.
What's it like to be a student in London, and what would your dream day in the city be like?
The city is full of cultural spots and places, you find so many types of different people just by walking down the street. It’s a great hub for art students to observe and get inspired by.
I think my dream day would be walking alongside the South Bank. You can literally spend your entire day trying to reach London Bridge by starting at Westminster Bridge whilst stopping by galleries, including Tate Modern (which is one of my favourite places in the whole city).
What are some of your favourite things about studying in Elephant and Castle?
So many different people and places are gathered here and if you explore long enough you find some really cool places to eat or hangout with friends!
If you had to describe your LCC experience in three words, what would they be?
Different, amazing and challenging!
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