For millions of football fans around the country, tuning in to watch Super Sunday, Match of the Day or the BBC’s Football League Show is a ritual. Luke Cardwell, a former Media Production student at Rotherham College, is the man behind the camera who captures the pictures for football fans to enjoy.

Luke works for the BBC filming football, an opportunity provided to him by his course tutor, Sara Hall, who offered Luke and the rest of his class the opportunity to do media work experience at Rotherham United Football Club. Luke says: “Sara offered everyone in the class the chance to go and do some work experience for the BBC and I didn’t think twice about putting my name forward. You need to embrace opportunities like this to get your foot in the door of the media industry.”

Luke was a student at the College for over five years; he started as a Level 3 Media student and progressed to a BA (Hons) degree in Media, Moving Image and Photography.

“My Level 3 course provided me with the skills and knowledge I needed to go on to Higher Education; you learn the expertise you need to make that step up”, he said.

The tutors on his course supported Luke throughout his time at the College and recognised his commitment to learning, even when not in the classroom. He has been involved in a number of projects at the College such as making a promotional video for the Rotherham Institute of Obesity, producing a promotion video for the College and creating an awareness video for Harmless, an organisation for self-harm.

The opportunities offered on his course have helped Luke put theory into practice and gain vital work experience with real clients.

The commitment he’s showed has paid off and he’s now gained BBC accreditation and is filming football matches on his own for the BBC.

Luke believes the high standard of teaching and world class facilities played a big part in his success.

“I’d recommend any media course at the College because it offers everything you need to get started in media. You work on lot of live client briefs, which provides you with the opportunity to gain vital work experience”, he said.

“The teaching on the course is exceptional. Tutors like Sara have been out into the media industry, so you get taught the very latest techniques that are employers are looking for.” He added: “If I didn’t do a media course at Rotherham College, I wouldn’t have got the opportunity to work at the BBC.”

Luke has aspirations to progress to doing more creative camera operating and he hopes the skills he has learnt at College and in the workplace will support him in achieving his goals.

“If I didn’t do a media course at Rotherham College, I wouldn’t have got the opportunity to work at the BBC.“

Luke Cardwell
BA Hons degree in Media, Moving Image and Photography

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