HND Media & Communication students at ScotHot 17

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.”

You can read their articles here:

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‘The Scottish Play’ Review by Tristan Stewart-Robinson

Sean Langdon

IF you’re unwilling to state “the Scottish play” by name, at least you can celebrate the teenage actor from Knightswood who used Shakespeare’s Macbeth for not one but two roles.  Sean Langdon, who studies HND acting and performance at City of Glasgow College, landed the roles of both Duncan and McDuff in a college production of Macbeth. The show ran over three days at the Scottish Youth Theatre as part of the college’s popular Creative City Festival.

Sean, a former pupil of Knightswood Secondary School, embraced the challenges of performing Shakespeare live on stage and believes the City of Glasgow College course has provided him with the experience and skills to follow his dreams of becoming an actor.

The 19-year-old said: “I was double-cast in the show and played Duncan and McDuff two really big characters. It was an interesting experience as the two characters couldn’t be more different – Duncan is a really upbeat, funny character whilst McDuff is very serious and has quite a dark past. I actually performed some Shakespeare a few years ago whilst I was at school but it’s always very challenging.  Our production of Macbeth was very visual which I think makes the play more accessible – even people who have never read or seen Shakespeare before were able to understand what was happening onstage.” Sean, who has wanted to pursue a career as an actor since he was a child, continued: “I’ve really enjoyed my time at City of Glasgow College as I’ve learned so much about both acting and the industry. I’m also really interested in writing and I’d eventually like to write and star in my own plays.”

Creative City 2017, which ran for three weeks until March 17, featured a series of public events and exhibitions which have either been organised by City of Glasgow College students or will showcase their work. This year, the vast programme also included live music, a football tournament, literature performances, drama productions and even a murder mystery evening. Events took place both in the college and at external venues across Glasgow.

Stephen Cafferty, acting and performance lecturer at City of Glasgow College, praised the efforts of Sean and the rest of the cast during rehearsals. He said: “Macbeth is a fantastic play and Sean is a real star, in fact all of the students are very talented. Performing in Shakespeare will be great experience for them to have for when they leave college and move on in their careers”

Creative City and Jewellery Student’s article in the Banffshire Journal

The College’s fame is spreading.  Scott Smith, HND Jewellery student received a mention in his parent’s local newspaper, The Banffshire Journal, for the work he made and exhibited at the Creative City event.  The brooch was designed around Scott’s interpretation of a poem written by one of the College’s HNC Professional Writing students

Article on Scott Smith in The Banffshire Journal

Another resounding success – Talks Week!


Over the first 4 days of the first week of the block we had 14 speakers from the Creative Industries speaking to first and second years in my area – C4 Graphic Arts, Professionals and recent graduates providing an uplifting and motivational programme to bring to life the students’ understanding of professional practice, underpinning the Units: Preparing for a Role in the Field of Visual Communication, Working in the Field of Visual Communication, and Professional Studies.

There were well over 100 attendees on average for each presentation, most of which took place in the lecture theatre.

All organised and co-ordinated by Amy Whiten using her contacts.

Students and staff loved it.

Submitted by John Baird.

Creative Industries Talks Week

A curated week-long programme of talks by leading creative professionals and agencies across many disciplines.

If you are teaching/studying a creative subject these talks are for you, they will give you an overview of the industry and an opportunity to learn from professionals about their personal journeys and day to day life as a creative.

All talks will be 30 mins long with a short Q&A session afterwards.

Monday 13th March 10.15-12pm Lecture Theatre C.01.017

David Galletly

David is an artist, illustrator and graphic designer living and working in Shawlands, Glasgow. He creates drawings, posters, murals and animations for exhibition, clients and personal projects. He has clients all over the world and has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in the UK and overseas. Alongside his client work, he is also the art director of Lost Map, a record label launched by The Pictish Trail in 2013.

Monday 13th March 1.45-3.30pm Lecture Theatre C.01.017

ISO- Damin Smith

Damien is the Director and founder of ISO. It is a digital media and software studio. They design, direct and build large-scale interactive and immersive media projects. They specialise in design-led cultural projects for Museums, Galleries and Brand Experience Centres; creating motion graphics and animated content for television and ambitious online digital projects that are experienced across web, social and mobile.

Their in-house team includes live action directors, 2D and 3D animators, graphic and interface designers, software developers, scriptwriters, content researchers, social media managers and producers.

Tuesday 14th March 10.15-12pm Lecture Theatre C.01.017

Neil McGuire

Neil is a designer and teaches part-time at Glasgow School of Art. He works with artists, theatre makers, and other designers on a range of projects across print and digital media. Recent projects include the curation of an exhibition on Graphic Design and Politics, and the creation, with jeweller Marianne Anderson, of ‘the Golden Tenement’ – an alternative souvenir for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Tuesday 14th March 1.45- 3.30pm Lecture Theatre C.01.017

Jared Taylor

Programme Director at ECA in Animation. A roller-coaster ride through Jared’s experiences as an animator and educator with advice on Art School and job applications, interviews, portfolios and building a career in the creative industries.

Wednesday 15th March 10.15-12pm – Room 8.021

Joanna Süsskind- All The Young Nudes and Toad’s Caravan and

Joanna is a creative entrepreneur and the founder and director of both All the Young Nude’s and Toad’s Caravan. ATYN is an open to all, life drawing club, it has grown to now run all over Scotland at regular events and specialist nights of drawing with models, dogs, birds of prey, and circus performers! Toad’s Caravan specialises in visual communication, mainly within motion graphics and animation. Their client’s include The National Theatre of Scotland, D8 and Tramway.

Wednesday 15th March 11.45- 1.30pm Lecture Theatre C.01.017

Pecha Kucha

A collection of ‘early career’ creatives will talk through their experiences so far and offer advice on starting out after college. Artists and designers include Jamie Johnson, Kirsty Geddes, Katie Guthrie, Tiernan Crilley, Erin Bradley-Scott, Clare Forrest and Marcus Jack.

Wednesday 15th March 1.45-3.30pm Lecture Theatre C.01.017

Cultural Enterprise Office- David Smith

Cultural Enterprise Office (CEO) support Scotland’s creative businesses. They are a not-for-profit service providing access to free business support services. They help creative individuals and micro-businesses build the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. They do this by providing specialist advice and information, as well as running programmes and events.

Thursday 16th March 10.15-12pm Lecture Theatre C.01.017


Elph is an Edinburgh based Artist and Designer. He started out as a Graffiti Artist and has developed a portfolio career specialising in Graphic Arts. He creates work for exhibitions, clients and personal projects across graphic design, graffiti, murals, illustration, digital art and music, installations, animation, and digital design.

Thursday 16th March 1.45-3pm Lecture Theatre C.01.017

Ilka- Lauren Service and Lisa Henderson

ilka is a screen print and design studio run by Laura Service and Lisa Henderson. They studied Graphic Design at Edinburgh College of Art and worked abroad for a number of years before returning to Scotland. When they got back they decided to start working together using a process they both love – screen printing. They are in the process of developing their practice and now also work on graphic design and large scale projects that are tied together with a bold geometric colourful style.