With the knowledge of International Business Administration and the passion of arts, I chose to study Design Management and Cultures (DMC), hoping that through the learning in DMC, I can develop my future career related to art industry.
However, in my first term, I was struggling to adapt the style of composing assignment and my limited skill in InDesign. The design and the creative covered in workshops, lectures, and assignments are over my expectation and exceeded my capability. Luckily, with the assistant from tutors and the tech talk workshops in digital space, I learned and started to build up my skill of using InDesign to the end of my study abroad term.
Apart from making use of the editorial software, the practical experience of proposing a project directly to the Pullman hotel in the collaborative unit and the curation of the exhibition in projects and practices enable me to reflect my learning of project management, teamwork, human-centred design, culture and communications. Learning through the process and the encountered challenges are more concrete than learning from books.
Overall, the learning in DMC is made up of inspiring and reflecting. It allows students to experiment and interrogate. To some degree, it is hugely different from my personality and behaviour. However, being in this environment, I started to think differently from how I used to.
Coming in DMC with the ambitious of learning the design and cultures sector for exploring and developing a future career, I was once lost in this journey. Although no one knows what the future would be, I know that this journey with DMC broadens my horizons to be able to understand the design process from not only the manager’s aspect but also the creator’s aspect. The learning is not the skills and the knowledge; it has become part of me and is leading me toward the future with greater possibility.
Photos were taken by Yun Chen are from the Lisbon- Companhia Portugueza Do Cha – an Old ‘ground floor’ shop space that has been rejuevenated via the Res Chao project.
My experience on BA Design Management and Cultures at LCC in London
It was like my dream come true when I heard I was accepted to be an exchange student in LCC in spring 2017. It had been my dream since I got to study cultural management in Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. London has always fascinated me as well as living abroad. My English skills were quite bad, so I saw that this would be my opportunity to improve my English skills.
I was very nervous when the spring term started. New city, new neighbourhood and new school with new people around. Luckily I was warmly welcomed and immediately I felt that this is going to be alright.
Studying in LCC is quite similar as in Finland. Here I liked the teachers a lot. They seemed to be “in time” and were professional and inspirational. Here good thing is that I feel like everybody is willing to help. If I had any problems it was easy to go and ask for help. For example, when I printed and cut my portfolio, I didn’t need to struggle with it myself.
The best thing in LCC are in my opinion all the workshops and opportunities to create and express myself. I did darkroom workshop and Adobe Muse workshop on my free time. I really liked that we had workshops in Projects and Practices. They gave me a lot because I think that producer must know something about everything. In the best situation everything about everything. I really liked the bookbinding workshop and all the Adobe software workshops. I would have done all the workshops that are just possible, but I run out of time.
I’m not that social person that I could make friends easily. I didn’t make any friends I’d hang out on free time, but I didn’t feel lonely because I had my partner with me in London. Anyway, the other students were so friendly and nice and I did have a good time with them at school. It’s always hard to come to new school when all the class mates have their own things going on. You can easily feel a little outsider. Luckily that didn’t bother me so much.
I could have made more of my time here, but in the end, I’m really happy about how things went. I came here to learn English and learn how to work in other country and with people from other cultures. These six months have given me more than I ever wished for and when I’m moving back to Finland, I’m moving as a different person from who moved here in December 2016. I hope I will come back here in the future to work and time here has given me so many tools for that.