Students on a range of creative industries courses supported the prestigious official launch of FilmMerton on Monday 26 November 2018 at the New Wimbledon Theatre. This event marked the official launch of FilmMerton, the brain child of John Merriman, Chair of Merton’s Culture Advisory Group, which won a Cultural Impact Award as part of the Mayor of London's London Borough of Culture initiative. This award provides funding to bring film to the whole of Merton in 2019, creating pop-up cinemas and short films curated by the community and guest curators.
Students on the HND Creative Media Production produced the FilmMerton trailer, which premiered at the launch event to an audience of over 700. Students on the Level 3 Creative Media Production & Technology UAL Extended Diploma (Film) course provided invaluable technical support for the event as lighting and sound crew, runners, front of house and stage management. The event organisers were full of praise for the students and the level of professionalism and responsibility they demonstrated throughout the day.
South Thames College was delighted to host the Building a Career with Dyslexia event on 20 November, in association with A2i Dyslexia.
It was an inspiring evening that also offered an opportunity for learners to complete Work Experience, under the direction of the charity’s CEO, by supporting event operations:
- Creative Media Production & Technology UAL Extended Diploma - Level 3 students filmed the event and are now making a short version for the charity’s website/future promotional work
- Business BTEC Extended Diploma - Level 3 students supported with event management including room setup and acting as Ambassadors, welcoming all the guests and accompanying them to their seats.
Level 3 Sports students from Year 1 and 2 gained an insight into university life at a bespoke event hosted by St Mary’s University Twickenham London and organised by Careers Adviser, Sue Rathmell.
The event consisted of practical interactive sessions engaging students and allowing them to discuss career opportunities within the sports sector. Students were also able to view the Olympic-standard sport facilities of the campus, used for competitive and social sport as well as teaching.
One learner said: “It was the best trip ever, I am now certain of what I want to do, I definitely want to go to University."
Diploma and Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts - Level 3 learners gained first hand experienc of working in the Theatre industry when they undertook 5 days of work experience at the world-famous Donmar Warehouse Theatre. The theatre is situated in Covent Garden; right at the heart of London’s West End. It is internationally renowned as one of the world’s principal producing theatres, having won over 100 major awards during its 24 year history.
The week gave learners unprecedented access to the theatre and the team who manage it. Students helped the Assistant Stage Manager with the researching, sourcing of props and furniture. Learners also supported the Deputy Stage Manager with setting-up rehearsals along and organising scene changes.
The learners gained experience of the many different roles within the arts and creative industries, learning about careers and opportunities that they may not have previously considered. Insights were also gained in key areas of the Theatre including stage design, lighting, marketing, and customer service.
The Donmar Warehouse have confirmed further work placements will be available to South Thames College students in the future.