Originally from Quebec in Canada, Eve felt that Europe would offer her the best arts-based education and after a little more research, she found out about UAL. She decided to apply for BA (Hons) Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts.
Please tell us a bit about why you chose to study at UAL?
I was back home in Canada and over there, the arts in general are not an easy subject to study. I was looking at Europe and its take on the arts and I totally fell for it. When I stumbled on to the website of UAL, I loved the premise of Camberwell. It offered a liberal take on the subject of illustration and how to visually communicate.
"It’s taught here with lots of freedom which gives us the chance to test, create and question what it is to visually communicate with an audience."
What's the best thing about studying at UAL?
The tutors and the technicians here at Camberwell see us as people, not numbers, and get to know us so well. This really helps with our practice as they are able to foresee our needs and understand our projects. They are truly there from the beginning to the end.
What's your most recent project about?
My current project is part of a bigger project called Play and Learn. It’s an installation aimed at teaching children how maple syrup is made.
What do you like most about being a student in London?
The access to arts and culture, but also the variety of successful companies in the industry I’m studying. It’s great to have so many events to go to that links with what I do. Some of my favourite spots include the Bussey Building and Brixton which is rich in culture and street art.
What advice would you give to the next generation of UAL students?
Don’t be on the look out for a ‘style’. Style isn’t important. Let yourself develop through every project and get fully involved in each of them - your visual language will raise naturally from them. From a finance point of view - ask yourself twice if you REALLY need what you think you need. Sometimes found objects work as well as new. And always check with your classmates; sometimes you can swap materials.
Do you have any advice for new international students?
Do not keep yourself in your own culture.
"Accept being taken out of your comfort zone and to be open to differences."
Camberwell is a cosy place where hard work is valued. It’s a small College, yet its warmth comes from the people here to support you through every step. Don’t hesitate - come to UAL!