As part of a writing exercise my tutor Mark given the class a writing exercise to write anything I can remember about my first day at LCC.
So in March seven years ago I received a letter explaining that my interview will be in mid-April. I can’t remember what day. I worked closely with my tutor from my current college at the time. He helped me write the statement and he written a great and honest reference. He also posted the application. A friend from college advised me that LCC is the best for Graphic Design and Central Saint Martins for Fine Art and Drama. A friend whom I went to school with got in there and graduated.
The interview was for the one year foundation course. To be presentable and with advice I dressed up in a suit and carried an A1 portfolio. It was the largest and heaviest portfolio ever.
My interview was in the afternoon. I can’t remember the tutors name, but he had long grey hair to the size of a woman. Around six of us were being interviewed, well it wasn’t a typical interview. We all had to present our portfolio and describe what designs were and what they meant.
I either presented my portfolio first or last. I can’t really remember. I was nervous and it shown in the presentation. I might of came across as mean. But it was down to my nervs. I did describe everything clearly and in an articulate manner. The work spoke for itself.
One of the students I remember vividly looked just like Prince Harry. He was confident and had a great sense of humour. I don’t know if he got in or not. I didn’t see him after that.
Another guy there presented these beautiful photographs of his time in Africa. He didn’t say what part. He got in and during that year I saw him around.
A couple of days later I got a letter in the post that informed me that I got in. I was so happy and I kept thinking to myself during the week I failed and screwed up my presentation. In my college class I was the only one out of six that got into LCC and one girl got in to Central Saint Martins.
I first told my Mum as she came into our house shortly after. This was the second best moment of the year behind my Niece’s birth.
The official first day was a one week summer course to prepare you for the foundation course. I wasn’t going to go due to family problems at the time, but my family told me to go anyway and were very supportive. The course was full of psychology exercises, drawing and collage lessons. I got the certificate confirming I passed.
Next is the first day of lesson while on the foundation course. In the morning was a lecture and the class of peers was decided by who sat near each other at the lecture. I was thinking to myself that it was a bit odd and unorthodox compared to school and college.
So my group of sixty to one hundred were taken to a classroom on the third floor of the design block. We were then given drawing exercises and this was also a selection and forming of a tutor group of thirty. That same day I got speaking to a girl called Sophie and a guy called Tom. They were both laid back, kind and I got on really well with both of them. End of the day we were all given the first project brief.
The year after I graduated from the foundation course and got accepted onto the BA Hons in Graphic and Media Design. I deferred it for a couple of years and was working during this period. I also did a lot of personal artwork.
For the GMD although I was accepted but I needed to have an interview. It was March two years ago with David Sims. I thought he was David Dabner but I was wrong. Around six of us had to leave our portfolios in a room for assessment. We then had to go into the other room and on the table were these booklets that were tests for us to do. It was a couple of questions and visual exercises. Later was a discussion with David about Art and Graphic Design. It was very interesting.
I haven’t seen any of those peers during my two years of study since.
The first day on GMD started with a long presentation by Chris May. He discussed the course, it’s expectations amongst other things. There was this exercise where everyone had to say something and the rest of the class had to guess whether it was true or false. I said I was a model, the majority believed it but it was a lie. Overall it was a great day and it left me with high hopes about this course.
In the last two years I have learned so much and it has been an amazing journey.