Media & Journalism

In 1985 the College set up the Betacam Video Commercial Production Unit, funded by the Technical Vocational Education Initiative (TVEI). The Commercial Production Unit undertook the first major commercial projects, building links with other colleges and commercial companies, producing educational training videos. It received European funding for work with satellite broadcasting and was one of four colleges in the UK to be funded to undertake commercial work with the Schools Olympic Broadcasting Association.

With Carlisle being the home of Border Television, the College developed the BA (Hons) Media Production as one of the first degree programmes to be offered by the College and the course quickly gained a local and national reputation.

The first students graduated in 1993 and the College won a prestigious Royal Television Society (RTS) award that same year. The course has grown consistently over the years and with this growth came further success at the RTS with a total of 20 awards and commendations up to the present time. Specialisms in television drama and documentaries have been developed and students have progressed to a wide range of careers in media organisations.

As Media grew and developed, it became clear there was a demand among students to learn more about magazines, newspapers and the factual areas of radio and television. As a result, in 2000, BA (Hons) Journalism was launched. This course has regularly won national awards and its graduates are working in print and broadcasting in all parts of the UK.