HND Media & Communication students were a vital part of City of Glasgow College’s presence at the recent ScotHot 17, Scotland’s biggest food, drink, hospitality and tourism trade show which took place at the SECC.
Four media students, Carly Cairns, Molly Hamilton, Morven Fik and Cailley Wiggins, were interning for The Staff Canteen, an industry-leading networking website for the cooking industry, as they delivered live cooking events that featured leading chefs from across the UK, including the college’s own Masterchef winner Gary MacLean.
While the college’s cookery students were also involved in the event, the media students were tasked with the management of The Staff Canteen’s social media feeds, capturing images and videos and updating the feeds in real-time throughout the two-day event. They also wrote articles for the Staff Canteen site, summing up the events of each day.
Staff Canteen Editor Cara Pilkington was delighted with their performance, saying, “They were all fantastic and a real pleasure to have around. They were really enthusiastic, motivated and very happy to take the initiative which is a quality I love in interns! They were probably the best I’ve had at live events for a long time; a real credit to the college.”
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Three HND TV students have raised almost £500 for Maggie’s Cancer Centres. Brian McGovern, Liam Stuart and Ryan Cunningham filmed the Just Dance charity event which took place at Glasgow’s Crown Plaza in November.
Five hundred people attended the glitzy event and watched seven couples battle it out on the dance floor. Brian and his classmates covered the event using five different cameras and the whole range of the TV skills they’ve developed on their course.
After a week in editing Brian produced the programme, along the lines of Strictly Come Dancing, which was then dubbed to DVD and sold to those who had attended the event. Raising almost £500 and giving all their time and expertise for free, Brian said:
“It was a great event to be a part of. We gained lots of experience and made many contacts to help get our new business off the ground. Without having the multi-camera studio experience in last year’s HND year one we would never have been able to co-ordinate such a complicated shoot.”
Brian McGovern and Ryan Cunningham established their own production company, Monkey Box Films in 2015. They have already worked on three fairly big weddings, completed promo videos for Costa Coffee and Snow Factor, and music videos for Mount Doubt and Little Eye.
Christmas Lecture 14th December 2016.
The Audio Engineering Society is a prestigious, world-wide institution with over 13000 members, founded in 1948 and devoted exclusively to audio technology. In early October 2016, the Society asked City of Glasgow College to host their annual Christmas Lecture which is modelled on the well known Royal Society Christmas Lectures. The event took the form of a one hour long live streaming and was crewed by a mix of BBC professionals and our final year BA Television students in our breathtaking new studio facility. This was a test of our new facilities and the training of our students who rose admirably to the challenge. The BBC were fulsome in their praise of the commitment and professionalism of our students who all went the extra mile in the face of significant difficulties to make sure that the aims of the Society and the BBC were realised in full. The students had two days in which to meet the BBC people, be briefed on requirements, rig the equipment for a seven camera shoot and broadcast the programme live at 11.00am on Wednesday 14th December. The programme, although streamed live on the day, will very shortly become available for viewing on Youtube.
Ten HND Media & Communication students attended the Aesthetica Short Film Festival in York for 3 days in November. They were able to attend a variety of workshops and screenings with Q & A sessions on documentary film making, short dramas and how to make a thriller.
The students had raised money for the event in the first year of their course as part of their Enterprise Activity unit.
Class Rep, Robert McFadyen said “ This was a fantastic opportunity to speak directly to film makers, writers, producers and directors. It was an incredible learning experience.”
The Faculty of Creative Industries joined forces with the Scottish Book Trust and award-winning author Chris Brookmyre to celebrate Book Week Scotland, the festival of reading which takes place across the country. Students from HNC Professional Writing Skills, the only full-time creative writing course in Scotland’s college sector, performed their poetry and monologues, and journalism student Megan Davidson wowed the audience with her original music, before Brookmyre, writer of bestselling novels such as Quite Ugly One Morning and Bedlam regaled the audience with hilarious anecdotes from his writing career before performing a short story written specially for the event. Speaking after the event, which took place in the City Campus Students’ Association, Brookmyre described the event as, “a real pleasure, and a bonus to be introduced to Megan Davidson’s music.”