Smiles & laughter, tears and sweat, joy and sadness….
On Friday 22nd June we held our annual end of year showcase for our Brighton students at the Brighthelm Centre, to celebrate and share a selection of their work they’ve been busy creating over the last year.
With a room teeming to the brim with students from this year, next year’s applicants, proud parents and carers, and our friends and partners from schools, colleges and referral agencies from across East Sussex, our showcase extravaganza began.
Two of our lovely staff members, Hannah and Genny introduced each section of the showcase, announcing first a showreel featuring documentaries and short films from Level 2 Media Production students. Topics included Lost and Found items in Brighton, some of the controversy surrounding Drill music in Chiraq (Chicago), fan made Doctor Who films, a super woodland music video to a Bon Iver track, and a rock-mockumentary – eclectic topics to say the least!
Next up we had a video with highlights from the Event Management students of their big end of year project; planning and putting on a show for the Alternative Escape. They hosted The Unwonted Stage which was an event designed to promote gender equality in festival and music line-ups and the film highlighted some brilliant memories form an amazing team.
Following twenty minutes of footage it was time to shake up the show with a fashion catwalk featuring outfits and garments on models that our Art, Fashion & Design students had been making throughout the year, including their trashion (making fashion out of trash!) and corset ranges. After the Fashion students had posed with the models and their outfits, they were left on stage to be told the winner to their most recent project – concepting unique shoe designs judged by luxury shoe designers Irregular Choice! Announced in front of a packed audience, the winner chosen by Irregular Choice was Chloe (congratulations Chloe!), and as a prize she gets to pick out a fabulous pair of shoes in the Brighton store – you bet we’re jealous!
After the catwalk, we returned to the big screen to see a selection of shorts and photographs from our Introduction to Music, Media & Digital students. To close the showreels, Level 3 Media Production students screened a range of impressive short films on the big screen. The quality of work produced this year was astounding and each video demonstrated strong skills from our future media and film professionals. Narratives included an exciting line-up of thriller, action and crime trailers, along with an experimental film called A Blossom Ablaze pieced together like a jigsaw with a narrative taken from lots and lots of different poems.
Next up we heard from one of our newest courses at Dv8. The Paid Internship Programme students gave us an honest insight into how their work placements have been going across Sussex and how they’ve bonded as a team. We’ve had students placed with employers that build and code robots for young people, personal training gyms, inspiring events companies and educational musicians. Our internship programme is a fantastic way of getting a young person their first taste of working in a role under guidance from professionals.
After a short break and montage of images with highlights from the year, the big screen rose and Level 3 Music Production & Performance students took to the stage to deliver four captivating and energetic live performances as The Ghostlings. Their diverse setlist included Shawn Lee Ping Pong Orchestra’s Kiss the Sky, Greenday’s Still Breathing, Heaven Knows by The Pretty Reckless, and Forever Lost by The Magic Number and everyone played a blinder across guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and vocals.
An end of year showcase couldn’t come to an end without an awards ceremony and Genny and Hannah quieted the crowd to announce students that had the best attendance across the college. The winners pulled from the pool of top attenders were Holly (Events), Rhea (Music), and Tilly (Internship), winning the runner-up £10 Amazon voucher prizes. A lovely pair of headphones went to our second place winner Rufus (Music), and Yann (Media) won first place with a Samsung Galaxy tablet!
In 2015/16 we created the Breakthrough award in memory of Fern Ritchie, a talented student with a bright future who sadly passed away shortly after completing an Event Management Apprenticeship with us. The award is designed to celebrate and take note of those students who we feel share the same passion and commitment to the creative industries, as Fern did. This year we were proud to present the award and £75 worth of GAK vouchers to Music Production & Performance student Oliver. Receiving for his passion and enthusiasm both on his course at Dv8 and in his external activities. He’s not only succeeded in his subject but gone on to get himself work experience in his area of interest, and took a leading role in a whole college project. We have no doubts that Oliver is going to go on to do some amazing things!
Also nominated for the Breakthrough award and their achievements this year were Tam (MMD), Jordan (Media), Tom (Media), Elliott (Music), Yann (Media), Harrison (Media), Mykalia (Fashion) and Gaia (Events). Congratulations everyone!
Drawing the show to a close, Bears from Space (a Level 2 Music band) delivered three original songs that got the crowd jumping on their feet. Their lively setlist included Talk to Me, an audience participation song called Breakout which included backing vocals from our very own Music tutor Matt and drums from support worker Matt, plus our personal favourite, Kidney Stones. A song about a relationship the bass player didn’t really like (HA).
To close the show and the end to an incredible year at the Brighton campus, our Managing Director Dan took the mic to thank everyone for their support over the year and to congratulate the students for their passion, commitment and creative work.
We had the best time and we hope all of our friends did too. Until next year…
If you’d like to join one of our creative courses in September, you can quickly apply online here!
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