by Scott Goodacre

The 19 students from across the college’s A Level and BTEC courses were invited to meet representatives from companies based at the centre to receive feedback on work they have completed this year.

Split Pixel, Andrassy Media, the Sharp Agency and Capsule Films all volunteered their time on Tuesday night to meet the students, who have been creating advertising campaigns and short films as part of their study at Huddersfield New College.

All of the companies involved were impressed at the standard of work produced by the students, many of whom are only part of the way through their first year at the college.

Debra Niessen, head of Media & Film at Huddersfield New College, said: “Our students had a fantastic night at The Media Centre and have really benefitted from the feedback they received.

“Having the chance to network with people working in the media and creative industries is a very important part of studying Media and Film, and we’re delighted that so many people gave up their time to make this evening such a success.”

Tom Gabbutt, of Capsule Films, said: “What struck me the most about the students I spoke to was their ambition; they were all thinking big! In particular, the screenwriters I met were all writing big screen, high concept, cinematic screenplays.

“One young writer has already emailed me and taken me up on my offer to read her script and feedback in more detail. I think this demonstrates the kind of drive that all filmmakers will need to create opportunities for their work in this business. I’m very impressed.”

Ian Dean, from the Sharp Agency, said: “It was a very rewarding evening, both in meeting new colleagues within the industry and in engaging with the Huddersfield New College students. It was great to find that the students showed strong abilities across the creative work that they had done.

“Their work encompassed a good range of skills in execution – particularly showing very capable use and understanding of the software and media that they had worked in. Equally importantly they had understood what they wanted to communicate, along with the thinking behind how best to achieve it.

“It was exciting to find the students very motivated by what they were doing and excited by the evening, and this in turn, led on to fun and useful conversations about their work. I believe this reflects very well on their tutors, and it left me with the conviction that the creative industries will remain very healthy within this region.”