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Student Case Study

Ryan O'Connor, a male media student, sits in a wheelchair holding a movie clacker in front of a green screen

Aoife Harvey

Course: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media (Film, TV and Radio)

Meet Ryan, a Media student from Limavady Campus. He aspires to be a Film Director and has won numerous awards at independent film festivals.

I've won 11 awards at independent film festivals, including Best Director and Best Short Film. The support I received at NWRC gave me the confidence to pursue my passion.

Why did you chose to study Media at NWRC?

I chose to student Media as I always had a big interest in film and television, from acting to working behind the scenes.

This course gave me the perfect opportunity to learn new skills and use them for outside of education in regard to making short films and writing. It is a very interesting subject. I have learnt a lot and have become even more passionate about the industry. It has been the best time of my life in education.

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Tell us a bit more about your course.

It is a very interesting subject. I have learnt a lot and have become even more passionate about the industry.

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What has been your proudest achievement?

I've won 11 awards at independent film festivals, including Best Director and Best Short Film.

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Are there any tutors/lecturers who particularly inspired you?

My lecturers, Tracy Cullen and Ian Broome were fantastic! They are experts in their field, so inspiring and lovely to work with. It feels a lot more like friendship than student-teacher when learning from them.

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What would you say to someone pondering their post GCSE choices?

Those who have a interest in film, TV shows, gaming and documentaries would be ideal for this course. The support you receive at NWRC will give you the confidence to peruse your passion.

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What’s your plan for the future?

I'm going to be a Film Director or a Screenwriter, and at this moment I’m on course to achieve that future.

Ryan also took part in our 2023 Student Recruitment campaign
Ryan also took part in our 2023 Student Recruitment campaign

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