By Ryan Campbell
North West Regional College teams up with BBC introducing to give students a chance to gather real world experience.
The Media students get a chance to work with industry professionals to create a high-quality music video for Alternative Rock Band Villa in France.
19-year-old student TJ Harvey Kelly is one of the lucky students taking advantage of the chance to take part with professionals to create a music video:” I’m currently studying HND in creative media, this would be my third year now. I’m really enjoying the course, obviously with Covid the last two years really impacted our learning, a lot of it became online and was a little difficult.”
“Being able to get out here with some hands-on experience with professionals in the business is great to see what we can expect in the industry.”
TJ said it was valuable to his own development in his studies to see what was expected in the line of work he wishes to pursue in the future: “Today has been a phenomenal experience so far, for me especially I’ve had three years studying this subject now but some of the others are only in their first year so this will only benefit them, not only for their CV but to give them an insight to see what’s expected in the industry.
He concluded: “Once I finish this year, I want to jump into the industry in Northern Ireland straight away, I’ve had some previous experience with Netflix and the Donegal film office and stuff like that so I’m not really looking to travel too far for now.”
Lecturer Toney Talbit says that this gives the students a good insight to the standards of the industry: “Well, there’s a couple of obvious areas there, first of all it’s the experience of working on a production like this, with the BBC introducing project one of the concerns for the BBC would we be able to create quality broadcast material so they wanted to be assured that the technology we were using and the processes and the final post production was all going to lead to a broadcast quality piece otherwise the BBC would not be interested.”
He continued:” Working to those standards I think is really important for students to realise the sort of work they would do with projects among themselves as teams or solo video projects that they need to improve their game and need to focus on a higher-level production.”