University of Arts London – Visit to Florimont

My notes from the meeting with Jean Michel Brawand, Recruitment Representative.  Don’t hesitate to get in touch with him at mbrawand@universityoftheartslondon.info.

  • 6 x campus
  • Film, graphic design, drama, architecture, fashion marketing, sound, theatre design, graphic design, art theory, journalism
  • Apply thru Foundation – non-portfolio – anything related to the business side.  Majority require portfolio.
  • IELTS 5.5 – foundation.  Language classes available.e full wor
  • EU (including Switzerland) via UCAS.  International via you.
  • Portfolio – in progress
  • PS – why that particular school and what sets them apart – reading, politics, psychology – need to be thinking.  What sets them apart? THE EARLIER THE BETTER.
  • Courses that demand portfolios need to be decided on fast.
  • There are specialized foundations – watch out!
  • Best alumni – fashion design – best in world – Alexander McQueen, John G, Stella M, Jimmy Chung.
  • Acting – Tim Roth, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Michael Fassbender, Russell Brand (got kicked out).
  • Directors – Mike Lee, Josh Oppenheimer, Steve McQueen
  • Artists – Gilber & George, Lucien Freud
  • Singers – PJ Harvey, MIA, Jarvis Cocker, The Clash – 3 members.  All did Fine Art.
  • 1/4 of student international.  Alumni – good network.  E.g. strong in France.  Ideas for Switzerland.  Lebanon, Jordan – openness.
  • Film, studios, wood workshops, photography students.
  • Students have acces to all 6 campuses.  Fashion library – Oxford Circus – BEST IN UK.
  • Camberwell – close-knit.  Known for fine arts and illustration.  Tradition – working with materials directly – sculpture – NOT DIGITAL
  • MUST CHECK WEBSITE.
  • Central Saint Martins – risk-taking, provocation, pushing the boundaries.  A real mix in the café.  Tense climate.  Elite.  Fashion design the most competitive in the world to get into.  IF DECIDE LAST YEAR NO CHANCE.  Those who get in – 4-7 years of sketchbook.
  • Every other course – 2 years should be fine.
  • Film – make film.  FASHION CAN’T BE FAKED.
  • Chelsea – most academic – art theory, curation, fine art. Research-based ethos.  Should be reading – McCluhan, Chomsky, Cage, gender studies.  PS – areas other than art – human experience.
  • London College of Communication – the major school.  Photography, film, screen-printing – the full works.  EMPLOYABILITY – everyone is working in the field.  Internship – 2nd year.
  • London College of Fashion – 76 courses offered – only fashion uni in Europe.  All aspects of Fashion – from beginning to end.  Cosmetics, women wear, shoes. Accessories.
  • Wimbledon – Theatre Design & Fine Art.  Immediate employment in West End, Madame Tussaud’s etc. Saatchi’s contemporaries.  15 mins from City – quiet – trees – People who need quiet and head space.  Everyone gets a studio.
  • Accommodation – some central, some not. Do it first year then find a flat together.  BUT CAN STAY AS LONG AS THEY WANT.  Prices.  Hoxton – East London (very artsy – Brick Lane, Hackney)  Expensive.  Tooting, New Cross (Peckham) (gentrification – increasingly arty) – south, cheaper.
  • West London – fashion events.
  • North London – alternative scene – Camden.
  • Squats – the further north you go.  Finsbury Park.  Industrial buildings.  Fine artists – north or south.
  • 200 museums, lots of students.  Great place to create contacts.
  • ALL TEACHERS ARE WORKING ARTISTS – actual cinematographers, fashion people
  • External lectures by industry insiders.
  • CSM – baptism by fire – independence. Essays at end of every term but it’s up to you to pursue your own practice (Fine Art course) cf Film (LCC) – live editing. (sent home if late).  A contact is doing Rihanna’s clothes.