Live broadcast experience for TV students

City of Glasgow College was the host venue for this year’s AES UK Christmas Lecture.

The lecture was broadcast live from the college’s City campus TV studio with television students taking the opportunity to put learning into practice.

A total of five BA TV and eight HND TV students worked on the production, covering key roles including production manager, vision mixer, and director.

As well as ensuring the seamless operation of the event by operating all the technical equipment in the studio, the students also produced a video that highlighted facilities at both City of Glasgow College, and event partner, the Glasgow School of Art, and which was shown prior to the lecture beginning.

James Wilson, Curriculum Head for Broadcasting at City of Glasgow College, was very proud of the students’ efforts, saying:

“It was a really intense learning experience but our students worked well together, proving themselves to be excellent ambassadors for their course as well as the College. We have received nothing but compliments from our partners, Glasgow School of Art, and AES Scotland Group.

“It was a pleasure to work with AES again and our students consistently benefit from interacting with the depth of expertise the organisation offers. This was a major event for us and stretched staff and students at a difficult time, but we'd do it again in a flash.”

BA TV student, Ryan Montgomery, who took on the role of director, commented:

“I am very grateful for the experience that AES and my lecturers allowed me to have as it really helped me grow my confidence as a director. There were set backs due to Covid-19, but it all went well on the day thanks to a stellar crew, presenters and college staff, I couldn't have asked for a better team. I hope to continue working with the AES in the future.”

BBC Sound Engineer, Jim Hunter, speaking on behalf of the AES Scottish Group, said:

“As ever, City of Glasgow College students stepped up to the plate and delivered a very polished result. Also, to deliver a high-quality product like this during a pandemic is no mean feat, they are a credit to the college and should be proud of themselves.

The theme for the AES UK Christmas Lecture 2021, hosted by AES Scotland Group, was ‘Inside the Black Box of AAA Game Audio’. It was presented by: Dr Jessica Argo, Leader of the BDes Sound for Moving Image Programme at Glasgow School of Art’s School of Simulation and Visualisation; and Alexander Horowitz, a game audio specialist and composer based in the South-East of England. He is the Audio Lead at Studio Gobo in Hove, working on the upcoming Warner Bros title, Hogwarts Legacy.