Media students ask ‘What the Health?’

8th December 2022

Digital Media Production students from Stratford-upon-Avon College have created a topical miniseries titled ‘What the Health?’ to discuss important subjects like mental health, nutrition and fitness.

Using the College’s state-of the art TV and Radio Studios, the students created a six-part TV series and also broadcast live from the Radio Studio with a full-length show.

Tv studio series

The students were split into six groups and each group were assigned a theme of fitness, mental health or nutrition. Each group was required to make a 15-minute episode of the TV show with a focus on appealing to teenagers. The episodes had to include at least one pre-recorded element as well as a live interview or demonstration in the studio.

The students got the chance to work on a range of tasks. Caitlin Booth enjoyed the research element: “Researching our topic was really fun, as well as looking at and deciding on content for the show. It has also been fun learning how to be creative in a way that benefits the project.”

Tom Bracke was the director of his episode and wanted to ensure his episode was entertaining and engaging: “We wanted to make sure it was relatable to our audience – teenagers. We wanted to provide professional advice but also keep it light and entertaining.”

Victoria Humphries loved the creative freedom: “It was a very creative project. We got to put our own style on it and create our own content. It was also wonderful collaborating as a group and so lovely to work with people who have similar minds. Everyone worked well and supported each other.”

Episodes included film reviews, interviews with local mental health charity Lifespace Trust, blind taste tests and cooking segments to name a few.

Have a peek at some of the production stills below:

Digital Media Production lecturer, Sarah Downing, was delighted with the students’ work: “They’ve developed a range of production skills that are industry relevant as well as communication and organisational skills. This was a big project for them which combined a lot of elements, and I was impressed with how the students worked together to produce a variety of fun and informative programmes.”

Find out more about the College’s Digital Media Production course: Digital Media Production courses