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From TV adverts for chocolate biscuits and packets of crisps to thought-provoking pieces tackling subjects such as terrorism and teenage angst, Northampton College students were honoured for their creativity at a glittering awards ceremony.

BTEC Creative Media students saw their work go on show at Booth Lane as part of an exhibition attended by staff and parents ahead of the BMAs – an annual awards ceremony celebrating the students’ dedication and creativity over the past year.

Awards were handed out in categories including Best Music Video, Best Soundtrack, Best Short Film, Best Poster, Best Double Page Spread and Best TV Advert.

Curriculum Manager for Media, Stephen Ratcliffe-Jones, hosted the ceremony and said: “Our students work fills us with awe and admiration. The creative industry is worth an estimated £10m an hour to the UK economy and by encouraging the next generation of content creators we are helping to make the UK a world leader in the digital economy.”

Ben Williamson landed the award for Best TV Advert with his film about Doritos while Ignas Ladyga picked up the Best Soundtrack award.

The Prevent agenda – a programme aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of terrorism and radicalisation among young people – featured prominently in students’ work.

Second year Level Three student Jennifer Norton, aged 20 from Westone, put together a music video to a Clean Bandit soundtrack, featuring a dancing silhouette. She said: “The course has been brilliant, I have really enjoyed learning new skills and having access to the very latest technology.

“I have picked up some really useful techniques, particularly with regards to film editing, which is something I’d like to take further in the future.”

Meanwhile, Musical Theatre students marked the end of term with an annual performance at the Cripps Theatre. The sold-out show, called Just A Touch Of Showbiz, was held on June 16 and 17 and featured performances from shows including Chicago, Sister Act, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Jekyll and Hyde.

For more information about courses available at Northampton College visit www.northamptoncollege.ac.uk

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