We recently spoke to current BA (Hons) Visual Communication student, Rachel Teh from Singapore about their current project inspired by kopi culture and the welcoming atmosphere of the University...

What does a typical day/week as a BA (Hons) Visual Communication student involve?

I love exploring new things and further developing my art and practice. I enjoy picking up new skills and having the creative freedom to delve into projects with ideas that pop up in my mind. Some weeks I’m in the print room working on some lino prints and other weeks I’m in front of my laptop working on digital illustrations or animations. It really is up to what I feel like doing in the moment!

Image: Courtesy of Rachel Teh

What project are you currently working on and what’s involved? What have you learned?

I’m currently working on a card set about kopi culture, which is the way of ordering coffee in Singapore. I’ve never made a full card set before, so I’m having to think about how it will look like when printed physically, which is a new and fun experience.

I’m also working on pre-production for a game that I want to make, which I’m hoping to make into a complete game in my final year. I’ve always wanted to try making my own game, and coding is an entirely new journey for me!

Image: Courtesy of Rachel Teh

Do you have any key bits of advice for someone wishing to make the leap to studying here?

To have the willingness to learn, explore and broaden your horizons. If things start to feel overwhelming, take a step back to breathe because you and your health comes first!

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

The teachers and staff are absolutely amazing. For Visual Communication the teachers schedule one-to-one tutorial sessions with every student and they’re so helpful. They give wonderful advice and help guide you in your projects, and the staff are always so patient and helpful!
The school just has a lovely, welcoming atmosphere, where we’re allowed to let our creative juices flow.

Image: Courtesy of Rachel Teh

What is the best thing about studying in the UK?

For me as an international student, I’d say the different cultures and sights I’ve been exposed to while I’m here. It’s so fascinating and inspiring. It feels like I’m constantly learning something new, and it's helping me grow as a person. It also feels very open here and everyone is able to express themselves freely, both as a person and in their art.

@ rteabag

Header Image: Courtesy of Rachel Teh