News Camera, Lights, Action 25.09.2019

Collyer’s students recently enjoyed first-hand experience of taking on specific technical roles during a day of practical television production during an action-packed day at Ravensbourne University, widely regarded as one of the top establishments in the country for practical media programmes. The students worked both in front of, and behind the cameras, in roles ranging from: Direction to Camera Operation, Sound Engineering to Vision Mixing and Lighting Design to Floor Management.

Collyer’s Head of Media, Jonathan Nunns explained: “The students had a really good day and succeeded in making two 20-minute shows, which is a tremendous achievement. The shows were professionally recorded live and will be used by the students as part of their creative portfolio and show reel for their university and apprenticeship applications.

“Everyone did a brilliant job to get the shows produced in the space of a day and worked as a team to pull off the finished work.”

The day is part of Collyer’s Media and Film progression agreement with Ravensbourne. This includes a follow-up seminar with university staff held at the college this autumn, leading to all students who successfully complete the process being offered interviews with Ravensbourne in December.

As part of the process, students undertake externally commissioned film projects to enable them to build creative portfolios ready for university entry.

It is hoped that as a result of these events and work experience opportunities, the students involved will successfully leave college and move onto specialised courses preparing them for work in this competitive industry.

Jonathan Nunns added: “Many thanks to Ravensbourne University for hosting us once again and for the work of their professional team to support us throughout the day.

“Ravensbourne is an incredible place to learn and train, offering highly practical courses of interest to many of our students. These include: broadcasting, television, graphic design, animation, sound, moving image and music production for media.”

Collyer’s Deputy Principal Steve Martell was delighted: “We are incredibly grateful to Ravensbourne University, who have been brilliant to work with. Massive thanks also to Jonathan and the amazing media and film team at Collyer’s for orchestrating this link-up.

“This excellent collaborative work gives our students a great opportunity to work in the media industry, and by all accounts they were an absolute credit to Collyer’s and our exceptional media and film departments.”