Coleg Y Cymoedd

Learners have High Hopes for Real Valleys

23/03/2015
Coleg Y Cymoedd

Learners from Coleg y Cymoedd have left their mark on the BBC Wales’ new Real Valleys season.

To mark the series of programmes that aim to get to the heart of life in the South Wales Valleys, learners were set a challenge by the BBC Creative Services Team.

Celebrating the special one-off episode of BBC Wales’ classic comedy High Hopes – to be broadcast as part of the Real Valleys season – the Creative Services Team hoisted two master classes at Coleg y Cymoedd, which has 20,000 learners from Caerphilly and Rhondda Cynon Taff.

Phil Higginson, head of Creative Services at BBC Wales, set learners the challenge of creating promotional trails using real life criteria.

Some 15 creative media production learners took the challenge by creating 30 second promotional trails using footage and information from the first-ever episode of High Hopes – Saving Private Ryan.

Phil Higginson said: “Each execution had its own distinct ‘voice’ and, as with all the best promotional work, was driven by an idea.”

“When you consider that, for learners who took part, this was their first foray into the world of short form, they all showed a real desire to rise to the challenge and this enthusiasm was clear in everyone’s finished work.”

Coleg y Cymoedd Creative Media Production tutor Amanda Stafford said: “The learners were really excited to be given the opportunity to work on a project with the BBC; they were challenged by the ‘real-life’ scenario and the project really helped them to develop their creative and production skills.”

On 16th April, Coleg y Cymoedd will host an Advice Day. The Advice Day will run from 4pm to 7pm and will provide an opportunity for prospective learners and their families to explore the college’s facilities and  learn more about available courses. 

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