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Virtual field trip

Coleg Ceredigion have always been keen on field trips to established organisations as they offer different insight, industry tips and career advice to students.

The current pandemic however has limited the number of trips students have been able undertake this year.

Not to be disheartened, the ICT department with the help from Careers Wales recently visited the creative pathway careers fair, albeit virtually.

During their virtual visit, students enjoyed talks from Bad Wolf Studios, Into Film Cymru and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

Students were given a tour around the Bad Wolf Studios, a company which has worked on several hit tv shows including Doctor Who, Sherlock, Merlin and His Dark Materials which is currently airing on the BBC, before learning more about the industry and the different career opportunities within.

This was followed by a Q&A session where students learned more about the industry.

Hosted by Into Film Cymru, learners then had the opportunity to explore the work of an art department working in film production, with production designer and art designer, Arwel Wyn Jones and his team sharing experiences of working on productions such as Dr Who and Dracula.

The session with the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama discussed available careers in stage management with students learning more about the industry through a live workshop.

According to ICT lecturer Marion Phillips: "We are so grateful to Rebecca Flanagan and Careers Wales for inviting us to take part in this event.

“Having the opportunity to engage with such a talented group of Welsh creatives has really inspired our learners, especially during such an incredibly difficult year for industry visits.

“For these to be Welsh, and Welsh speaking professionals who have made the journey from rural settings to working at the very top of the sector has really helped to build that connection and closeness with our learners.

“There are so many exciting possibilities for future collaborations."