Media students enjoy Hollywood residential

Students studying the Foundation Degree in Media Production at Bridgwater College were lucky enough to go on a residential trip to Los Angeles recently, which was skilfully timed to include a pilgrimage to both the Oscars and the Golden Raspberry Awards known as the Razzies.

The highlight of the trip was having the opportunity to gather outside the home of the Oscars, the Dolby Theatre, and add to the crowd’s ecstatic response to Leonardo Di Caprio’s long awaited best actor Oscar win. The previous day the group experienced the opposite with rewards given for the worst in film at the Razzies.

The group were also able to witness the world of TV production at Warner Bros Studio, where they joined an audience for “The Real”, a nationally recognised celebrity panel show, and met the director and senior producer Adam Spiegelman for an insider’s view of the show.

Other highlights during the weeklong trip included a stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, visiting the Chinese Theatre, a relaxing bicycle ride along Venice Beach, and getting to see the Griffith observatory, Hollywood sign and China Town up close.

Alan Hardcastle, Course Leader for Media Production at Bridgwater College said,

“The aim of the trip was to investigate media production methods in America, a country that revolutionised the industry through mass media, and became a dominant cultural source for popular entertainment.”

Student Chloe Barnes summed up her week long experience,

“This was my first American visit; it definitely lived up to expectations, being able to immerse myself in such a vibrant culture and to see first-hand how the media drives celebrity’s was fascinating.”

If you would like more information about studying Media Production at Bridgwater College please contact our Information and Guidance team on 01278 441234.