University applications, producing a short film & life at Dv8…
We recently heard that our Level 3 Media Production student Jordan had received some brilliant news about her university applications. We caught up with her to find out about her good news, her journey at Dv8, and her top tips for young aspiring film makers.
Irregular Choice visits Dv8 Sussex Fashion Students
At the heart of what we do is helping our students get real work experience and give them a true insight into what it’s like to work in the creative industries. We believe that by the time you finish college you should have experience meeting and working in a professional creative environment so you can go on to thrive with experience under your belt from an early age!
Highlights from our Careers Day 2018, Brighton & Bexhill
The Dv8 Careers Day was held across both Brighton and Bexhill campuses to give students the opportunity to explore what options and pathways are out there for their next steps in work or education. We had careers hubs, university talks and lots of guests speakers from various creative industries and practical workshops for students to take part in. Read on below for a small insight into what both days held and some of the excellent advice and discussions that took place.
On Monday 29th January we had the pleasure of welcoming Justin Welch, a Sessional Musician into the Dv8 Bexhill campus. Justin popped in for a morning session to share the story of his immense success within the music industry.
On Tuesday 30th January we welcomed Elijah, the Director of independent Record Label Butterz into our Brighton campus. Elijah swung by to give an honest insight into the world of music and to share his top tips for breaking into it and succeeding.
Trying to get some work experience is often seen as a scary task for young people, but it really doesn’t have to be! One of our student’s recently got himself a work placement for a couple of days and we wanted to share his experience so that other young people can see that these opportunities start just by asking a simple question!
In the lead up to Christmas we had three events this year to celebrate the end of term and the start of the festive holidays. One game-tastic event, and two music showcases. Big thanks to everyone that came to see what our students have been working on and to support creative education!
At Dv8 Sussex we offer a Level 2 Fashion & Design course at both our Brighton and Bexhill campuses. Our course allows you to build on your experience and enthusiasm for Fashion & Design by learning the skills to put your ideas into practice. You get to work in a small, personalised group setting with real-life industry briefs and work experience opportunities. What really makes our course so special is our wonderful Fashion & Design tutors Sharon and Lou.
Fashion and Design have truly been on a journey this year. Some of our students hadn’t so much as picked up a needle and thread when they first started, and now they’re designing and putting together their very own outfits. Read on and flick through the galleries to see some of the wonderful memories, experiences and projects our students have been involved with this year.
That’s a wrap! Another truly wonderful year full of passion and creative energy is coming to an end. To celebrate in style, we held our annual End of Year Showcase at Brighton Youth Centre (BYC) on Wednesday 28th June. The showcase is an opportunity for all of our students to get together and share their hard work and achievements with peers, friends and family.
Get the support you need to progress into work, apprenticeships or other training. A part-time 4 week programme to develop your employability skills through Creative and Digital Media. Gain a Workskills qualification with the option to add a qualification in your area of interest such as Customer Service, Business Admin, Digital Marketing and more!
Timelines – Performance showcase by Live Events student Adam
On Monday 8th May Events student Adam put on his first ever event. Having spent the first term learning the fundamentals of event production and promotion Adam decided to work towards a nostalgia themed event for his big show and chose the Latest Music Bar as the venue after scouting out the best that Brighton had to offer.
Brighton students from our Introduction to Music, Media & Digital group produced and presented their first ever radio show on 1 Brighton FM. The show featured exclusive plays of their own productions made in class, interviews with the students and DJ mixes. On hand was our awesome tutor and regular 1 Brighton FM presenter Joe Newman, AKA J-Felix to show the students the ropes. We’re super proud of the students and think they did an exceptional job! Producing a radio show to the local community isn’t the easiest of tasks!
As you may have seen or heard, we have now officially moved into Bexhill Hive in the town centre. Our Bexhill DV8 students can now make the most of brand new, purpose built classrooms, student support, green screen room, computer rooms and the main common room. It looks great…. if we do say so ourselves!
Dv8 Sussex’s Employability Week ran from Monday 20th March to Friday 24th March. A chance for our students to access invaluable work placements plus workshops, trips. Plus to finish off the week in style we held our annual Creative Careers Day at Komedia Brighton, featuring all manner of exciting industry professionals. Read on below for a taste of the magic that unfolded…
On Friday 4th February Director, Producer and Actor, Simon Drake presented our Media Production students with a guest talk offering a unique insight into the film industry. Including an exclusive summary of the production, post production and distribution process for his latest full-length feature film ‘Darkest Day‘ and brilliant tips for budding Dv8 film makers.
Continuing our stellar guest line-up we welcomed Brighton’s legendary Live Music Promoter Anna Moulson, from Independent Promotions Company Melting Vinyl. Anna has been working in the industry for over 18 years and has a wealth of experience she was happy to share with our determined Live Events and Music Production students.
Today marks the start of a new series of student spotlights! We’ll be regularly celebrating and sharing with you the stories and journeys of our creative, passionate students and the work they are producing both at Dv8 Sussex and outside of college. We’d like to start by introducing, Charlie!
On Friday 27th January, we warmly welcomed Founder, A&R and co-owner of Brighton-based independent record label Tru Thoughts, Robert Luis. Rob joined our Music Production, Live Events and Media Production students to give a thorough and personal account of his inspirational journey into the music industry, and what our students can do to make it there too.
Fashion & Design student Thomas was asked in his English lesson to produce a piece of creative writing using persuasive techniques. He sure put those techniques to good use, just have a read of this fantastic piece about his experience studying at Dv8!
Fashion & Design student Thomas, with his latest corset design.
“Young people should join Dv8 because of its energetic, passionate and distinguished vibe. Everybody that comes here is guaranteed to have an amazing time. People that come here leave with qualifications, friends and a step closer to their dreams. What more could someone want out of a college?
At Dv8 there are many things that go on, with students always active and learning something new to add to their list of skills. The staff are brilliant at what they do, helping their students to do well for the future and helping them. Dv8 has a very homely feel to it with a lounge where students can go and take a break from the stress of everyday life, make a coffee, and just relax.
There are no pressures here, every student is looked after with the highest standards, with teachers making sure that every student is progressing at their own speed. The overall atmosphere at Dv8 really helps them to focus and learn in a calm and friendly environment. All students at Dv8 are outgoing and communicate well with other students and teachers, which makes the overall atmosphere great. Coming to Dv8 would definitely benefit young people, now and in the future.
One of my favourite moments at Dv8 was when I spent four weeks crafting my Trashion (fashion made of trash) piece, and then we put them on display and watched as people observed our amazing work.
Each year our Live Events & Promotion Intermediate (Level 2) students are given a brief to create a Christmas party for Dv8 students, staff, friends and family. It’s not enough for this to be just a Christmas party, it needs to have an original theme, a great line-up of acts, a variety of fun activities, plus it needs to take place at a venue outside of college. For many of the Live Events students this was their first experience of organising an event and boy did they do themselves proud. This is the story of Aloho-ho – the Hawaiian vibes Christmas party…
There’s only one way to end the year at Dv8, and that’s with a celebratory showcase extravaganza! The Live Events team put together an engaging evening of live entertainment, showreels and smiles. We had electrifying guitar solos, captivating and beautiful acoustic sets, dynamic media films, exhibitions of deep and thoughtful photography work and 3D artist profiles, and a booming house set to get you bouncing out of your seat!
The sheer amount of wonderful and imaginative work being produced in the classrooms is somewhat overwhelming. That’s why we’ve put together this blog, ‘A day in the life of a Dv8 student’ to give you just a small glimpse of the magic our students are surrounded by and a part of each day. We want every student to have a dynamic, varied and exciting experience every single day!
To help the students understand how shutter speeds effect the outcome of images (and because it’s just fun to play around with), the Media crew are using long exposures (30 seconds), laser pointers and torches to “paint with light” to create these images.
The Bexhill group carried out a location recce by exploring The Hive. Know your hazards from your risks! Some exciting film projects on the horizon… watch this space!
The Fashion team are learning to pattern cut a corset on mannequins using the ‘moulage’ technique. This is where the fabric is draped on the mannequin, taped with masking tape, and pinned to create the parts of a garment. This is then laid flat on paper, markings for details and darts are added, as well as a seam allowance of a centimetre. The students can make their garment out of any fabric of their choice. There are some amazingly intricate designs, progress is fast, and we can’t wait for more!
The Live Events students continue to scope out the endless possibilities of the Brighton events scene. There’s a venue for everyone and everything! Venue recces included Coalition, Latest Music Bar, and Patterns!
The budding Bexhill events team have also been busy with their own venue recces and market research visiting the likes of De La Warr Pavilion and Music’s Not Dead. The purpose of these trips was to think creatively about how different spaces suit specific contexts and types of events.
Brighton evens team are planning a Hawaiian Christmas themed party with live music, DJs, spoken word, food, drink, and all manner of Christmas joy! Whereas this year the Bexhill Live Event’s teams are in the middle of planning an electrifying End of Year Christmas showcase not to be forgetten! Both Brighton and Bexhill students are taking into account programming and producing, health and safety, marketing, press, and budget management.
The Music, Media & Digital students get up to a multitude of dynamic tasks throughout the day. The Bexhill students spent a session getting to grips with a ton of analogue music equipment, and the new Brighton students took their first steps to becoming seasoned photographers, experimenting with camera angles and lenses.
Below is a short video created by Bexhill student Charlotte as part of her Introduction to Music, Media & Digital course. She was working to a brief where she had to include a specific number of shots and use a variety of camera angles and techniques (zoom, panning, tilt, close-up, long-shots etc). She even wrote the track that accompanies the film too – amazing work!
Collaboration project in the making! The Music and Media students have been organising a photoshoot for the music team’s upcoming album release ‘Bounce and Burn‘ (more on this soon!). The group is called ‘Odd Socks Collective’ as there will be an eclectic mix of genres featured on the album. Two classes working together wasn’t enough, so the Fashion team are also hard at work designing the socks for the music student’s shoot which will also feature on the album cover along with a group shot of the music artists.
Over in Bexhill the music team have been designing their own synthpatch‘s to accompany their House compositions. They’re also heavily into practising for the upcoming Bexhill Christmas show. Tracks being rehearsed include Sam Smith’s Stay With Me and Snow Fairy Full.
Tutors and students have been having tasty sessions with cake (because cake makes everything better!) Students have been working out how to construct pie charts, or in our case cake charts. They’ve also been working with tangrams to encourage logical reasoning and utilise problem solving skills to improve resilience and the ability to look at problems from a different angle.
Problem to solve: I have to cut my cake into six pieces, what size angle will each piece be? If they can construct the pie (cake) chart correctly and cut out one piece accurately the tutor will exchange it for real cake!
Lunch Time Games Club
Bexhill students and tutors have even introduced a lunch time games club to keep their brains stimulated! Chess, Backgammon, Battleship, Uno, Boggle, Sudoku… Who said you have to be glued to a screen constantly to have fun? Bringing back some classic pastimes for sure.
If you want to be a part of something this special and exciting, why not apply to join us in next September? Apply here!
What an absolute pleasure the first term at Dv8 Sussex has been! There’s been a continuous buzz of non-stop, action packed creativity and there was no better way to share everyone’s hard work and achievements than to host an end of term showcase (planned by our very own Live Events students) to celebrate. This year FRESH was hosted at surroundings of the quirky and retro Rialto Theatre in Brighton. We bussed the Bexhill students over and held an afternoon of showreels, exhibitions and live performances.
The Fashion students exhibited their innovative and experimental Trashion dresses and accessories (made from rubbish and recyclables collected around Brighton) in the theatre’s picturesque lobby. Rubbish never looked so good! See all of their designs in our Trashion blog here.
Our Live Events Intermediate students spent the first four weeks working with unlimited finances, locations and all the artists you could ever dream of, alive and dead, as they planned their fantasy festivals. Culminating in a wonderful and varied selection of posters and mood boards on display at the event it was brilliant to have an insight into what these young promoters may achieve in the future.
We had an eclectic array of music performances across the Intermediate and Advanced students. Bexhill bought double whammies of electric guitar pieces, and even more noise from Bexhill’s very own ‘Grunge n Roses’ (we’re surprised the roof remained intact!). Sometimes all you need is a piano and an incredible voice as Georgia proved silencing the room with her version of Summertime. Brighton’s Music Advanced crew cut an imposing sight on stage, you can’t beat wearing sunglasses indoors to really capture the serious musician vibe, before launching into a funky time signature shifting synth hip hop epic… #psychedelic. Final music performances were complete with visuals of the band courtesy of your Introduction to Music, Media and Digital groups. More solo singers alongside a vast array of funny, moving and exciting films, it was brilliant to see Rialto turned into a true multi-media experience. Sampled beats, visuals, guitar solos and heartfelt vocals, all put together in just four weeks!
The Media Production students from Brighton and Bexhill showcased a selection of short films / trailers. See below a mashup of their creativity!
None of this would have been possible without the amazing organisational prowess of our Live Events Advanced students who spent the first four weeks of term planning this all down to a tee. Front of house, back of house, marketing, promotion, technical and production management, they did it all with maturity and flair. We can’t wait to see some of the other projects they have up their sleeves come to fruition later in the year.
If you want to be a part of something this special and exciting, why not apply to join us in next September? Apply here!