Are you a budding Steven Spielberg or Martin Scorsese? From camera operating to directing your own films, Coleg Ceredigion’s Level 3 Creative Media Production course could be the stepping stone that you need to turn those dreams into a reality. Based on our Aberystwyth Campus, the close-knit team of tutors are all highly qualified both academically and vocationally. The Creative Media Production department has excellent facilities and staff all have the professional experience to be able to teach the skills required to use a variety of high specification equipment and software, including industry standard broadcast quality cameras, professional full frame DSLRs, 4K action cameras, purpose built editing suites and 3D animation software that is the same as used in Hollywood film. The course is structured entirely around professional standards to create a student experience that instils an ethos based on professional values.
Throughout the two years of study, you will engage in a broad spectrum of media practice. Our intensive vocational programme will give you the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills: for example, in directing, fi lming, film editing, 3D modelling and animation, and designing 2D and 3D graphics. You will complete your projects using a range of high quality filming and sound recording equipment, as well as learning to use the most up to date industry standard software. During your studies, you can expect the utmost assistance from tutors who will work alongside you to make sure that you are always fully supported and are extending yourself both vocationally and academically. You will be commissioned to work on real, live briefs with organisations throughout Wales - including cultural and tourist organisations, businesses and charities. Tutors will encourage you to interpret assignment briefs in a challenging, creative and ambitious way. This might be in terms of the technical skills required but also in terms of the professional and interpersonal skills that are needed to produce a programme for the Media Industry. You will be wholly responsible for all areas of production and the team of tutors will guide you to problem solve and think creatively to realise your media project.
Student films are frequently entered in competitions and festivals such as Ffresh (The Student Moving Image Festival of Wales), Zoom International Youth Film Festival, Just a Minute Film Festival and the National Eisteddfod. Student work has been shortlisted several times and has won prestigious awards such as Best Film in the National Eisteddfod or the Inspire Mark in the Cultural Olympics.
Past students who have taken this stepping stone at Coleg Ceredigion include Osian Pearson and Hannah Tyson. Having spent two years studying Creative Media Production at Coleg Ceredigion, Osian then went on to study Film BA Hons at the University of Westminster, which is one of the best-known film and television courses in the World! Osian said: “After leaving Coleg Ceredigion I began studying Film in Westminster Film School, where I have had the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects to develop my film making skills - even going as far as shooting and editing on physical 16mm film. “ Osian undertook training to become an ‘Avid Certified User,’ giving him the necessary skills to follow his goal of becoming a professional editor. Osian also completed an internship with the production company Agile Films where he closely assisted the post-production team.
While working for this production company, Osian gained valuable experience including transferring old films from tape to digital and assisting with edits. Agile Films also allowed him to work as a Production Assistant on several professional shoots including adverts for both Wacom Tablets and Coutts Banking. Osian has since started freelance editing, with some of his recent work including cutting several music videos, promotional material for various charities and editing short films for independent directors. This included a student feature film The Long Way Home, which is set to be released in November 2018. Osian has now reached his goal of becoming a professional editor:
“Without studying at Coleg Ceredigion I doubt I would have discovered my passion for filmmaking and editing. Thanks to the constant support of the staff at Coleg Ceredigion I was able to follow this passion all the way to university and into the professional working world.”
Since leaving Coleg Ceredigion in 2012, Hannah went on to study BA Hons Media, Communications and Film Production at Goldsmiths, University of London. On completing her degree, Hannah moved to Bristol to pursue a career as a video editor. Since then she has set up her own editing company, ‘Rule 6 Post Productions’ and is busy making a name for herself, making connections with popular independent record labels along the way. Hannah said:
“At Coleg Ceredigion, the Media course and my remarkable tutor, Sophia, greatly improved my artistic, technical and practical skills in media production. Four years later and I am still receiving helpful career advice from Sophia which is so useful to me! It was a fun, friendly, confidence building course which essentially gave me the invaluable tools to go on into higher education and the film world to try and achieve my aspirations!”
If you’re interested in studying Creative Media Production at Coleg Ceredigion, contact us on 01970 639700 or visit our website, www.ceredigion.ac.uk