I’ve been at Godalming College for three years, and now I’m about to leave for university with A-levels in Film Studies, Drama, World Development and BTEC Media that have provided the means to progress to higher education. My time here has equipped me with the skills and knowledge for my chosen future career.
I had heard fantastic reviews from friends and family about the college, with many different subjects to choose from. I applied to college and was put into the Access year to improve my GCSE results. During that year, my teachers encouraged me to pursue studying and creating film, and my passion grew. The course introduced me to the different types of filmmaking equipment that the department has. This was available to me at any time, whether I needed to edit a film for coursework or if I wanted to shoot a short moving image piece for fun. Film Studies gained me better practice in analytical skills, looking into the different types of camera shots, costumes, acting styles, props and editing techniques. I was then able to apply the knowledge that I’d learnt to create my own film showreel.
It was this time that I decided to pursue my passion for cinema to hopefully find a career in the film industry. My teachers would recommend texts for me to watch and were always available for discussion and assistance. During practicals I had a better chance of getting closer with my class mates and working with people from a variety of different backgrounds, preparing me for what the film industry will be like. Media and Film was also a great way to learn about research skills, essay writing and presentational skills. I do truly believe that Godalming College was a good step for me, to gain a wealth of experiences before heading off to University. I know that I will always cherish my time here and aim to stay in touch with both teachers and peers.