Lockdown may have brought a different way of working to the world – but it didn’t stop students in the School of Music, Media and Performing Arts from creating an incredible array of high quality material, even without access to many of the high quality resources they’re used to using.

A Level Media Studies

Over in A level Media Studies, as part of their course, students were busy making Film Posters – and created some superb designs:

A Level Media Studies Film Poster "The Long Haul" A Level Media Studies Film Poster "The Long Haul" A Level Media Studies Film Poster "The Long Haul"
A Level Media Studies Film Poster "Far Gone" A Level Media Studies Film Poster "Far Gone" A Level Media Studies Film Poster "Far Gone"

BTEC Media

In BTEC Media, talented students used their time to produce some amazing video work, honing their filming and editing skills across a range of styles.

Clip 1 – The Cup of Tea

Conor Banister set himself the task was of maintaining speed and flow with a short edit of making a cup of tea. Connor has gone for a montage editing technique for this production

Video 2 – Trailers – Mini and Finding Aiden

Will Henshall made a nostalgic film trailer for the Mini car showing it still going strong 60 years after its debut at the Monte Carlo Rally, obviously in 1960.

Connor Banister also produced a wonderful trailer for a Thriller called ‘Finding Aiden’

Video 3 – Music Video – In My Bed

Hannah Williams used quick cuts, lighting and really interesting camera movement / angles all from her bedroom to create a music video for an artist called Sabrina Carpenter

A Level Film Studies

In A level Film Studies, talented student Cat Pallant, who will be going on to continue her studies at the University of York on their degree in Writing, Directing and Performance, used lockdown to develop ALL of these skills. Despite the social distancing issues and lack of access to some equipment, Cat made a film. She taught herself how to use a cloning app on her phone as well as how to use online editing software. It’s definitely worth a watch!

BTEC Hair & Media Makeup

Some people may have thought that lockdown may have made it difficult for students on the Hair and Media Make Up courses at Runshaw to produce high quality work – but how wrong they’d have been! All of our students were provided with kits specially made by the staff and produced some incredible work. Level 3 students in particular have been honing their skills ready for university or working life – and we’ve seen some of the best work EVER produced, even despite lockdown.


Lucy Bretherton is currently studying Hair and Media Make Up at Runshaw. Lucy is an outstanding student. She loves the prosthetic element of the course, creating face and body pieces as you can see from these amazing creations below. The first piece is her green eyed monster representing Envy for a topic of the Seven Deadly Sins. Media make-up is her passion and she will go far within this industry. Lucy has applied to Manchester, York, Plymouth, Solent and Leeds.


Lucy Bretherton Hair and Media Make up Case Study

Performing Arts

COVID and lockdowns this year may have interrupted audiences viewing the amazing work that goes on in Performing Arts at Runshaw – but now we’re back, we’re all up and busy rehearsing 3 full shows ready for an audience (if we can have one) or streaming (if we can’t). For everyone who’s been missing the shows this year, here’s a little video showing some of the highlights of the last few years. Runshaw remains the best college in the North of England for students progressing to prestigious Drama Schools, Dance schools and conservatoires – and with 10 full shows every year for the performers to take part in, it’s no wonder that there’s always such a buzz around the place!