Student Stories: Hanna Linnéa Mödder and Fashion Journalism
Hanna Linnéa Mödder is at that stage where she is looking to switch from one major to another. Seeking a strong grounding, and pursuing a lifelong passion, Hanna chose Fashion Journalism.
“After realising that my major at uni was not going to prepare me for the field that I want to work in, I am re-orientating and trying to find a way into communications at the moment. The course seemed as the ideal foundation for me to get an authentic inside into the skills, methods and work ethics that make a great journalist.”
Here’s Hanna’s Central Saint Martins’ journey...
Hanna Linnéa Mödder (far left) and Fashion Journalism Short Course students
What is your name and where are you from?
My name is Hanna Linnéa Mödder and I am from Münster, Germany, North Rhine Westphalia.
What is your occupation?
I am a law student for now but I am switching to a journalism and PR major next semester. In my free time I am a wedding singer and writer for an ethical fashion blog.
What course did you study on and why did you choose it?
I studied upon the Fashion Journalism Short Course.
After realising that my major at uni was not going to prepare me for the field that I want to work in, I am re-orientating and trying to find a way into communications at the moment. The course seemed as the ideal foundation for me to get an authentic inside into the skills, methods and work ethics that make a great journalist.
As I have been researching, reading and writing about fashion for almost half my life, I was thrilled by the opportunity to specifically learn skills required for this part of journalism.
© Hanna Linnéa Mödder
What did you enjoy most about your course?
The spirit of creativity and passion for working in communications which was spread by both the Central Saint Martins environment and our lecturer, Harriet Worsley. We were also able to develop and learn from Harriet’s year-long experience as a stylist and fashion editor. The course also covered writing different types of articles, fashion history, fashion sketching and styling photoshoots. By studying at CSM we were also able to access an extensive library to gain knowledge on fashion and societies in different decades, as well as the evolution of fashion journalism over the past century. I left the course with a broader knowledge and a theoretical foundation in fashion journalism, as well as getting an insider’s view into an industry often seen as almost inaccessible. Being equipped with this knowledge about the working reality, as well as academic skills, I cannot wait to put them into practice!
How has this course benefited your career and personal development?
I am in a phase of finding my path at the moment. By coming to a new city, studying in an environment where everybody has unusual career paths and being uplifted by the great working ethics and journalism talent of both my course mates and our lecturer, I left CSM with a much clearer picture of what I want in both my professional and private life. Through all the coursework and practicing I learned how to put criticism into practice, in my creative work, and become much more confident in the use of my language.
Through working closely with the whole class we all developed a great team spirit and ability to create work using everyone's talents and ideas to deliver the best outcome. The course has made me realise that as long as I keep on learning, take advice and remain eager to improve, everything is possible.
© Hanna Linnéa Mödder
What would you say to someone who is thinking about taking a short course at Central Saint Martins?
Go for it! Weather you are unhappy with your current career path or you want to go the extra mile to get that dream job, you will leave being amazingly prepared for your goals. And even more important, you will be inspired to actually achieve them.
What do you believe is integral to the work of an artist, in any discipline?
No matter which discipline, art is an expression of one's inner self. I therefore think that to create truly outstanding work you have to be ready to be a life-long learner in the field that you are passionate about.
What 3 words best describe your short course experience at CSM?
Inspiring. Intense. Practice-orientated.
© Hanna Linnéa Mödder