Daniela Hatfield

Daniel studied curation at London College of Fashion. Here he talks about his student experiences.

Why are you doing the course?

As part of a recent research project, I curated an exhibition based on the work of my mother, who also studied at LCF, in the 1960s. This led to the possibility of further study. I feel that this course is an opportunity to develop a more refined understanding of both academic theory and practice in the field of curation, substantiating my own practice. The MA Fashion Curation also complements the practice-based MA in Constructed Textiles course that I completed at Royal College of Art.

How do you find full time work alongside part time study?

The College has supported my application to study and this is facilitated via my contract. Being a member of staff and a student at LCF, parallel to each other, can be strange - one day you're a student, the next day you are teaching.

How often are you in the college?

This can vary, but my MA study commitments occur on Mondays and Wednesdays.

What does this involve?

At the moment, Monday's classes involve Contextual Studies, which is broken up into two parts- theoretical debate is linked to our essays. On Wednesdays, I have tutorials and am able to see my course tutors. We regularly have guest speakers from industry come in to talk to us about the projects that they are involved in, or to present work relevant to our projects.

What types of work have you completed?

In term one, projects included the proposal of a hypothetical exhibition and an academic-standard 3,500 word review of an exhibition or publication of our choice.

In term two, we were involved in a group project, where we were required to curate and fully realise an exhibition. Once we had decided upon the concept, we sourced a location, acquired the objects for curation and display and generated press material and sponsorship. The exhibition was a success. We received press coverage and new relationships were forged between the College and the external contacts involved in assisting us with the project.

What is the best part of the course?

I really enjoyed the group project. LCF has a diverse mixture of students, allowing us to complement each other's practice and approaches. My fellow students include a visual merchandiser and people who have worked in exhibition/theatre design and film. Working with different people can bring about some very interesting ideas.

Any advice for prospective students?

A lot of the course work is self initiated and projects are instigated by your own motivation. You would be expected to work on your own for much of the course, however there is plenty of support available from the course tutors and you get a lot of encouragement and time to interact with your peers. We are also assisted with finding a relevant internship, linked to our own aspirations. The college has many varied links with industry.

Favourite bar?

I live in Brighton and enjoy the Sussex Arts Club and Hanbury Ballroom. In London, the French House in Soho is full of character.

Favourite gallery?

There are many - the Barbican, ICA and Serpentine are great, both interesting locations and architectural design.

Favourite museum?

The Wellcome Trust is challenging the museum context, by combining science, medicine and art within its diverse exhibitions. Photography and moving film is being employed regularly within the exhibits there. The V&A is always inspiring, as is the Design Museum. Locally, Brighton Museum and the De'La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill are great spaces.

Favourite London view?

The view from Greenwich Park near the Observatory is lovely, although the skyline is changing too fast!