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Posted: 23/01/13

Creative new ventures for students

From learning about Shakespearian auditions to creating online set designs for Arsenal Football Club, students at West Nottinghamshire College were pulling out their creative stops last week (14-18 January).

As part of industry week, students on media, performing arts and interactive media courses have been honing their skills and getting tips of the trade from industry specialists.

On Tuesday (15 January) performing arts students discovered how a theatre works behind the scenes during technical theatre workshops.  Using the equipment in the college’s Create Theatre they learnt about the various lighting and sound techniques used for live performances.

On Wednesday (16 January) performance students picked up techniques of how to audition for Shakespearian plays with coaching from Mansfield’s Palace Theatre’s education manager Chris Neil.

Interactive media students began a design project which has been set by Arsenal Football Club to be used on their online television shows which season ticket holders can view.

This summer popular bands ‘Muse’ and ‘Greenday’ will perform at the club’s Emirates stadium over three nights to over 180,000 people.  The football club have approached both bands to do a live webcast to be broadcast through the website.

Students have been challenged to design the online set for the webcasts using their knowledge of LightWave 3D – a computer graphics software programme which creates animated and static imagery.

In March the top three students’ designs will be judged by Arsenal bosses, with a view to these being used for the musicians’ live webcasts.

Curriculum manager for music, media and performance, Steve Gathercole said: “Once again, industry week has provided a vast range of valuable new skills for our students to build on and take forward into their future careers.

“We pride ourselves on having great links with a range of creative industries and through these networks we’re able to enhance the students’ learning by staging a variety of exciting workshops and activities that aren’t on the general curriculum.”