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28th March 2018

Bournemouth and Poole College students were invited to Solent earlier this year to experience workshops in a range of media disciplines, including video, sound, virtual reality, photography and graphic design.

Take a look at what they got up to:

Let’s play

Students walked into a professionally-styled set and were allocated different roles so they could create their own game show.

Using three large TV cameras as well as figuring out a teleprompter, students filmed part of their show, which was shown to the whole group at the end of the day.


Sound of story

Using one of Solent's four radio studio rooms, students were tasked with matching sounds to fit a rap song, as well as using hand-held recorders to find their own sounds around the university.

Drivetime challenge

Those with an interest in drivetime radio were given a lesson on using Adobe Audition to create the opening of their own radio show. According to lecturer Paul Stevens, the show is sold in the first 10-15 seconds, which formed the basis of this task.


For those interested in video, this workshop allowed students to take some of the university’s cameras and cinematography lenses to practise shooting. They were then given an introduction to lighting their scene and choosing the right lens, before linking up the camera to a big screen to see how their footage looked.


Introduction to VR and 360 filmmaking

Virtual reality and 360 filmmaking is becoming more and more relevant, and students were given an insight into how the media industry is developing.

The task for this workshop was to use a 360 camera to film a short video and then edit it. A very popular workshop, students were able to show their videos on the university’s video wall at the end of the day.

Studio photography

Photography buffs were able to play around with backdrops in Solent’s photography studios, as well as taking a peek into a darkroom, with an explanation of how they work and what they’re used for.

Students learnt how to light their model as well as the basics on reflectors before taking portraits of each other as their task.


Graphic design

Students were able to experiment with the idea of graphic design and how shapes, lines and colours are used to create different effects on the viewer. The group was able to experiment with these, using a range of different design styles.

Take a look at what some of the students thought of the day on the video below: