Emily Haigh, current BA (Hons) Visual Communication student, chats to us about working as a music freelancer for DJ's such as Marshmello, building connections within the city and how much they love the creative freedom of the course...

How does the University support you to do what you’re good at?

The tutors are always so supportive with my plans and let me have full creative freedom on projects. I feel like whatever I choose to do, there is always someone backing my corner. It's a great feeling to not have your ideas limited.

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If you had to give a fresher three pieces of advice for studying at Leeds Arts University, what would they be?

  1. Get involved! There are so many amazing opportunities at Leeds Arts University, the more you put in the more you'll get back out.
  2. Use the facilities. There's SO much to learn and there are many workshops to experiment in. Have a go and get inducted in as many workshops as you can, even if you’re not sure that it’s a particular interest to you.
  3. Don't hold back! Enjoy the freedom of a creative course and really have fun with it, the limits are endless.

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What connections does your course have with industry? Tell us about any live briefs you’ve worked on, or any work experience you’ve had.

Thanks to studying Visual Communication, I am now a freelancer in Music Branding. I've worked for multiple famous DJ's and bands in second year such as Kid Kapichi and Marshmello, with hopefully many more to come! I've now also built a rapport with Leeds Art Gallery, so I have plenty of connections for when I graduate.

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Tell us which resources and facilities you use the most, and how they help you develop your practice.

For me, I use the print rooms the most. There's so much freedom and the Print and Printmaking Workshop Instructors are always on hand to provide help and expand new ideas for projects. The materials that you can buy at the University shop are super cheap, so you never have to worry about money when doing what you enjoy!

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Taking over the world! I see so many amazing opportunities for myself, which I'm lucky enough to already be delving into. If you see my work on billboards in five years, that's my dream fulfilled!

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