Foundation Degree Student Completes Website for Local Company

 Foundation degree student in Interactive Multimedia Joseph Murphy, successfully produced a website design for a local business, B & B Plumbing.

This project was undertaken in association with the Business support unit as part of the Interact scheme managed by Monica Doran, Monica highlighted that “‘Interact is a programme that offers free support to local businesses with an identified development need, if this need matches curriculum specifications” .

This was integrated into assignment work as part of the curriculum for the Foundation degree in a module Creative Web Design delivered by Jacqueline Toal. Jacqueline stated “It was a great opportunity for Joseph Murphy to develop professional practice skills by working upon an industrial brief to a customer specification for local SME. By undertaking this project Joseph has increased his employability skills and this experience has added benefit and value to his future career”.

SRC Students Bursting With Big Ideas

Students from the Foundation Degree in Interactive Multimedia are bursting with big ideas, innovation and creativity after attending the Big Ideas Workshop hosted in the Canal Court Hotel Newry.

A total of 60 students from SRC were invited to the Big Ideas Workshop designed to encourage entrepreneurial thinking and allow students to generate ideas through interactive exercises. Students were set various tasks throughout the afternoon challenging them to think outside the box and work together in teams to develop and then pitch their ideas. One of the tasks challenged the students to devise creative business solutions to change and improve their college environment.

The Big Ideas Competition is approaching later in the year and it is hoped that the workshop will inspire the students to enter. Judging on the students’ enthusiasm and the ideas generated, there will be many exciting entries this year from SRC.

Students get insider’s view on politics from minister

Media Film and Journalism Students meet with Gregory CampbellCulture, Arts and Leisure Minister Gregory Campbell gave University of Ulster students an insider’s view on how politics works.

Staff from Northern Ireland's Skillset Media Academy visit Google Dublin

Staff from Northern Ireland's Skillset Media Academy outside Google's headquarters for Europe, Middle East and Africa

Members of the Northern Ireland Skillset Media Academy met with senior executives of Google and Microsoft as part of a fact-finding mission on the future direction of digital media.

The study tour to Dublin, part-funded by Connected, also included representatives from Digital Circle, Nothern Ireland's digital media industry group and University of Ulster's school of languages and literature.

The tour on 6 and 7 November 2008 also met with exectives of the National Digital Research Centre and Digital Hub in Dublin and Dun Laghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology's Cube digital media incubation centre.

Creative Media Careers Workshop

>As a member of the Northern Ireland Skillset Academy, North West Regional College hosted a one day workshop this week on careers in the Creative Media. The event was designed for creative media sector specialists and new entrants to the careers guidance world who are getting to grips with LMI (Labour Market Information), as well as established professionals taking time out as part of their CPD.

The guests, careers advisers from local schools and the Careers Service, along with some of the College’s own media students heard from experts, Cecilia McAllister, Northern Ireland Manager, Skillset; Vincent Kinnaird, Skillset Careers Advisor and established Writer, Director, and Producer; and Lucy Marris, Training Consultant.

These industry specialists outlined tips on tailoring a CV for this competitive sector, the key attributes and qualifications employers look for, how to get in and get on, including info on entry and progression routes, the pros and cons of work experience, and national and regional perspectives on opportunities in the creative media.

Celtic Media Festival Review

eoghan farrenI had a great time at the Celtic Media Festival, held at the Radisson SAS, Galway. My attendance was funded by Skillset and I was given a limit of £150 to spend on transport food and accommodation. I made some great contacts with industry professionals including Janet Dulin-Jones, Arthur Lappin, Ed Guiney, Mark Leese and the like. Exposure ran the student workshops which were taught by Dulin-Jones and the producer of American Fork, the co-producer of which produced Napoleon Dynamite. The three days were all about networking and soaking up the info given by the pros. The workshops consisted of screenwriting and pitching your idea. On the final day students were given the opportunity to pitch to Dulin-Jones and other professionals and receive quality feedback. Every day all delegates were treated to lunch in the Radisson’s restaurant. The Gala dinner and final awards ceremony on the final day was hosted by Dathie O’Shay and Mary Kennedy of TG4 and RTE. Guests included Tom Collins and delegates of the Irish Television and Film Board.

Minister visits College to launch Creative Industries Innovation Fund

The College’s Limavady Campus played host to Minister for the Department of Culture Arts & Leisure, Gregory Campbell, MP, MLA, this morning as he announced a £5million investment in the province’s creative industries.

Speaking at the launch of the Creativity Industries Innovation Fund, the Minister said: “The creative industries sector is a very important sector of the economy and has the potential to generate very significant and long lasting economic benefits for Northern Ireland.

“In terms of the economic value, it is estimated that around 34,600, or 4.7% of the working population, is employed in the creative sector which is growing at a faster rate than the economy in general.

“By investing in the development of talents and skills of our people we will improve our competitive position in national and international markets and reap the benefits in our communities. The drive to develop new markets, and in particular to encourage an outward-looking, global perspective, underpins all.”

Bridge Students Coleraine 2009

bridge students coleraine

names from left to right:
Emmet Gates, Stephen Jamieson, Eoghan Farren, Darren Reid, Andrew Boyle, Marc Mulholland, Gerry Burke, Dean Crumlish, James Mc Nally

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