College skills create fundraising video for local charity

City of Glasgow College student, Marc Harvey, has successfully completed his BA (Hons) Television.

The 21 year old from Royston initially joined the college to study for an HNC in Television which led to HND and then BA (Hons) where he’s achieved a 2:1.

Marc has long been interested in working in television, initially wanting to become a director.

“During my time at college I found I really enjoyed the planning process, so my aspirations have changed more towards being a content producer. During my first year graded unit, I created a five minute documentary and just loved planning and preparing for it. It was my first crack at a solo project and I feel it was my strongest period at college.”

Growing up in Royston, where he attended St. Roch’s High School, Marc became involved in local charity, Royston Youth Action, when he was just 10 years old.

“The club is there to help the local community and families. I used to go there at the weekends. They do a lot to support young people, and have certainly helped shape me into the person I am today. Without their help I may not have got into college,” explains Marc.

“I recently applied for a job with them and although I didn’t get it, they asked me to keep in touch. Then Coronavirus happened. Once lockdown measures began to ease, I volunteered to film their activities as I thought a video package might help with funding – and it was a great opportunity for me to use my skills,” said Marc.

Sharon Kelly, who is the Manager at Royston Youth Action, said: “The video Marc compiled for us has been a massive help as it’s allowed us to show funders and the public what we are about and what we’ve been doing during the pandemic. It's hard to convey in a report the amount of work we do, but Marc captured it all perfectly in his video. Having been one of our young people, and passionate about the work we do, Marc was able to show just how much Royston Youth Action means to local people.”

Kate Cotter, Lecturer & Programme Leader BA Television at City of Glasgow College, added:

“Marc has an admirable work ethic and it’s a real testament to his drive that during lockdown he completed all his BA TV final year projects successfully and, on top of that, made this thoughtful and valuable film.”

“I definitely made the right decision going to City of Glasgow College. It gave me the best overall experience, and has fantastic facilities including a fully equipped TV studio,” said Marc.

“We were given work experience opportunities at college and I got my first ever TV credit during a placement I did with Purple TV. The programme, which was shown on BBC Alba, was about two women who started Glasgow City women’s football team.”

This experience led to Marc being offered a role as videographer with the team, to film all their games once they are able to play again.

“As far as my future plans are concerned, it’s hard to say at the moment. We just don’t know what the television landscape will look like, but in five or 10 years I hope my skills will lead me to working with either BBC or STV."  

Please follow this link to view Marc’s fundraising video for Royston Youth Action.