In a world where competition for jobs is tough, students are doing more and more to set themselves apart from their peers. It is increasingly common for students to seek work experience and immerse themselves in placements and opportunities which enhance their knowledge and skills. That is exactly what Ross Gallacher, Chris McGonigle and Kiah Park did when they volunteered to film all five of West College Scotland’s graduation ceremonies in November.

Studying a Higher National Diploma in Television Production at the college’s Greenock campus has given all three students the knowledge behind television production, and an insight into areas such as digital imaging, lighting, animation, audio and editing. Despite all three students describing elements of their course as “challenging”, Ross, Chris and Kiah are extremely passionate about television and film production and are thoroughly enjoying their studies and the opportunities that have been presented to them. Filming this year’s graduation ceremonies was one such opportunity, and all three students jumped at the chance to put their skills to the test at our graduation ceremonies.

Arriving a few hours before the ceremony, scoping out the best locations for filming, setting up equipment before guests arrived and capturing the event before, during and after the ceremony were just a few of the tasks which the trio made look easy. Once the cameras stopped rolling and the guests had moved on to celebrate elsewhere, it was down to Ross, Chris and Kiah to watch their footage in-depth and edit it to produce a short film containing all the highlights.

Ross, Chris and Kiah are all great ambassadors for West College Scotland and for their course, and they all have only positive things to say about their experience at the college:

“The college has far exceeded my expectations and I love the practical nature of my course and the creativity it allows.”

~ Ross Gallacher ~

“I expected to learn the basics at college, but what I have learned is far more advanced and stands me in good stead for the TV and film industry.”

~ Chris McGonigle ~

“College is definitely better than I ever thought it would be – it is a very friendly place to be and the courses are varied and exciting.”

~ Kiah Park~

It is clear that Ross, Chris and Kiah are extremely dedicated students and all are determined to succeed in the television and film industry. We would like to thank all three for capturing our graduation ceremonies so expertly, and we wish them luck in their studies and their future careers.

In order to find out more about, or apply for, our Television Production courses, click here.