SUARTS Industry Panel Talk, Q&A and Networking Session: Designing Your Career - How to Get Started in Design and Media

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18 Mar 2015

6pm to 8.30pm

Image: 'Approximately 5.20 p.m. Zihuatanejo.' © Monica Alcazar-Duarte.


Wednesday 18 March

This event is only open to current LCC students. Please state your course and year in the text box for disability access requirements.

Panel speakers:
Dominic Wilcox, Artist and designer
Jonathan Taylor, Producer/director at BBC
Monica Alcazar-Duarte, UAL Graduate, MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography, London College of Communication
Rowan Ottesen, UAL Graduate, BA (Hons) Graphic Design, Camberwell College of Arts
(Further speakers TBA)

Securing those first few crucial breaks in your career can seem daunting. But with help and guidance from those of who have gone before, it won't seem so difficult, and the sooner you are aware of the opportunities available the better.

We have invited two recent UAL graduates to come and speak about how they have started their burgeoning careers, both through their own freelance projects and through employment. Acclaimed artist and designer Dominic Wilcox will be here to chat about the development of his very successful design practice and his continued success beyond the first few years post-graduation. Jonathan Taylor who graduated in 2007 and has moved quickly into interesting roles in broadcasting will also be on the panel.

This panel talk and Q&A will be followed by a networking session giving you the opportunity to speak with the panelists, hear their inspiring stories and build confidence in your own future.

Panel speaker bios:

Dominic Wilcox is a Sunderland-born artist and designer based in Hackney, London. He originally studied Visual Communication at Edinburgh College of Art, before moving to London to study an MA in Product Design at Royal College of Art. His diverse and innovative work ranges from objects and drawings to installations and live performances. His work aims to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary through innovative ideas often with a twist of sharp wit. He attempts to connect the seemingly unconnected in order to make surprising and thought-provoking objects or drawings.

Monica Alcazar-Duarte completed her first degree at Central Saint Martins, gaining a deeper understanding of her practice from a Fine Arts perspective. She then completed an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at London College of Communication, producing work focused on social issues. Monica was a recipient of the Mead Scholarship in 2014, her work has been acquired by the MOMA and Yale Collections and she was awarded runner-up in ‘The One to Watch 2014’ by Lisa Pritchard Agency.

Rowan Ottesen is a playful and versatile graphic designer who considers Camberwell College of Arts to have been the launchpad for his career. Rowan is currently working on a number of freelance graphic design projects and is also a Made in Arts London artist. His typographical prints have been widely exhibited and collected and Rowan won a D&AD Best of Year Award in 2013 for a graphic design brief for the V&A. 

Jonathan Taylor is a freelance documentary-maker specialising in observational films on sensitive subjects for the UK's major TV broadcasters. His first project as a director, 'Great Ormond Street' - a series about the ethical challenges of paediatric care - was nominated for a Bafta, and his recent series 'Protecting Our Parents' - a look at the elderly care system - is currently nominated for an RTS award for Best Documentary Series. He has just finished a project looking at capital punishment in America.

The event is organised by SUARTS Creative Opportunities and London College of Communication funded by the Student Engagement and Experience Fund.