Creative Break 2016


Students at the Cumbernauld campus have had a taste of working pressures in the TV and sound production industries during a three-day marathon to test their creative skills.

Nearly 40 students from the HND Television and Sound Production courses were given 52 hours to record a short musical video for an up-and-coming musical artist or band in the College’s highly-reputed facilities in Cumbernauld. A separate team of HNC Television students were tasked to produce a behind-the-scenes short video documentary about the project.

Now in its third year, the annual Creative Break project is designed to put the students through their paces in the high-pressure world of music and video production.

Bands and artists taking part this year were Cumbernauld professional pop and rock singer/songwriter Chris Ashton (26) – a graduate of the Cumbernauld HND Sound Production course himself, who recently co-produced work for Scottish 90s pop sensation TEXAS – along with Glasgow psychedelic indie rock band Antique Pony, Kirkintilloch/Lenzie indie funk four-piece band Barbary Coast and Coatbridge indie pop duo Light Arrows – New College Lanarkshire Music students Ursula Fitzpatrick and Courtney O’Neill.

Course Lecturer Andreas Jonsson said:

“The main objective is to more closely simulate circumstances within the working practice of the creative industries.  Deadlines are tight, collaboration and communication is vital and there is a “customer” who is expecting good results from it. It’s a fairly demanding situation but the students really enjoy the chance to get involved.”

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