The recent open day at WCFE Waterford www.wcfe.com was well attended with a good level of interest in all of the courses on offer. The Journalism room/sound engineering room was manned all morning by an enthusiastic bunch from media studies all eager to help, nothing was too much trouble. Of particular interest this year is the new and exciting course: Advance certificate in audio/visual media. With the onslaught of social media this exciting new course is ideally suited to anyone who wishes to pursue a career in journalism, music, game design, visual arts or creative multimedia. It will focus on documentary production and storytelling, communication through wave form and music, creation of soundscapes for games and films and experimentation with audio/visual technology. It’s a one year fetac level 6 course and students will have access to a professional recording studio and digital radio facility on campus and can also avail of NUJ membership for the duration of the course.
The college is fortunate to have its own recording studio. Regular tours were brought from wcfe to Johnstown where staff and students were on hand to go through the equipment and deal with questions.
Upstairs in the beauty room the girls were busy with treatments galore to choose from!! The theatrical makeup under Peggy’s guidance was absolutely stunning ladies – one any professional makeup artist would be proud of. Whilst across in the photography room there was always someone on hand to go through the equipment and answer any queries.
Tea coffee and scones were laid on in the canteen as the corridors were filled with the excited chatter many of them soon- to be newcomers. Teachers and current students helped out tirelessly answering questions and allaying fears that newcomers may have had – there’s nothing like information from someone in the front line who knows what’s going on.
The following day – wcfe Xmas day- had a definite festive feel to it. Food and drink were laid out in abundance. Santa was spotted on more than one occasion, Xmas jumpers assaulted you from every corridor. I’ve never seen so many Rudolph antlers in one place at one time creepy thing was how normal they looked on some of the lads makes you wonder…. The main event of the morning was when some of the braver teachers put themselves forward to be dunked. All in aid of a good cause I hasten to add – this year all monies raised went to river rescue. Thanks to all for supporting a great event!!