WOULD-be media stars of the future have flocked to Wigan and Leigh College as the department sees its largest intake yet.
Record numbers have enrolled on the Level Three diploma in creative media course this year. Creative media brings in around £36bn a year to the UK economy and employs around 1.5 million people.
Taught by tutors who have all worked in the sector, the students learn a range of skills and have access to state of the art facilities, including fully equipped TV and radio studios.
College tutor Stephen Christie said: “It’s brilliant to have so many students choosing to come to Wigan and Leigh College for this course and with links to the industry; the course is a great way to get that all important foot in the door.
“Students who come here get hands on experience and a strong grounding in all aspects of the work involved. This prepares them for transitioning into Higher Education, or for a wide range of professions within the sector. We’re seeing a rise in interest across the board for all our Media courses, and with Media City opening in Manchester, the sector is a growing one across the North West.”
The students can also make use of dedicated editing suites and industry standard technology designed to given them experience of working in all aspects of the industry.
During their course, the students are involved in location and studio work and also have the opportunity to take on roles in the Co-operative British Youth Film Academy feature film.
The college is one of the leads in the Film Academy and many have used this additional experience to launch their professional careers.