Cre­ativ­ity be­gins young

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - HIGHER EDUCATION -

FE­BRU­ARY 27 wasn’t your usual Satur­day morn­ing as stu­dents from sec­ondary schools across the Klang Val­ley flocked to IACT Col­lege for the edi­to­rial boot camp 2016.

The boot camp of­fered a sim­u­la­tion of the cre­ative com­mu­ni­ca­tion in­dus­try to the par­tic­i­pants, es­pe­cially in the world of Broad­cast­ing where pre- pro­duc­tion ( scriptwrit­ing, sto­ry­board­ing and recce), pro­duc­tion ( di­rect­ing and film­ing) and post- pro­duc­tion ( edit­ing) oc­cur in phases.

This boot camp helped par­tic­i­pants to dis­cover their cre­ative tal­ents and in­ter­ests while briefing them on in­dus­try ex­pec­ta­tions.

The boot camp kick- started with an in­tro­duc­tion by a se­nior lec­turer at IACT Col­lege, on the his­tory of edi­to­rial along with cre­ative writ­ing tips.

She em­pha­sised that edit­ing does not only ap­ply to mag­a­zines and the pub­lish­ing in­dus­try but can also be widely ap­plied in the world of com­mu­ni­ca­tions. Broad­cast­ing and video & au­dio pro­duc­tion, for in­stance, are in­dus­tries where ed­its are cru­cial in scripts. Par­tic­i­pants were to craft a story based on the given theme – Life.

Af­ter the story- craft­ing phase was com­pleted, the par­tic­i­pants pro­ceeded to the ba­sic tenets of film­ing where they used their smart­phones to shoot their story. Seg­re­gated into groups, the stu­dents filmed their short sto­ries within the IACT Col­lege cam­pus us­ing a va­ri­ety of shoot­ing lo­ca­tions rang­ing from the li­brary to class­rooms to the main lobby and the cafe­te­ria.

The fun did not end there as the par­tic­i­pants had one fi­nal round to ac­com­plish – the edit­ing phase, which they were re­quired to edit the videos us­ing their smart­phones. The fi­nal videos were then posted on IACT Col­lege’s Face­book page.

Al­though the judges chose three schools as the win­ners of the com­pe­ti­tion, each group cre­ated in­cred­i­ble videos in terms of sheer ef­fort and cre­ativ­ity.

Peo­ple al­ways say that “Youth is wasted on the young,” but IACT Col­lege be­lieves that “Cre­ativ­ity is har­vested from the young”, as it is when young­sters are filled with cu­rios­ity and are open- minded to cre­at­ing so­lu­tions, thereby us­ing cre­ativ­ity to sate their sense of cu­rios­ity.

IACT Col­lege’s Open Days in con­junc­tion with its spe­cially de­signed “My Cre­ative Type” Work­shop ( March 26), cel­e­brate a month of cre­ativ­ity in March to fur­ther as­sist young­sters in dis­cov­er­ing their strengths and cre­ative in­ter­est. This work­shop gives par­tic­i­pants the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence real- world sit­u­a­tions in the fields of film­mak­ing, graphic de­sign­ing, jour­nal­ism and ad­ver­tis­ing.

Reg­is­tra­tions for the work­shop are in progress. Call IACT Col­lege Ad­mis­sions at 03- 7954 1909 or visit http:// iact. edu. my/ open- day for de­tails. TO find your soul­mate school, think about what you need in three dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories – academics, cul­ture and fi­nan­cial aid.

You don’t need to de­clare a col­lege ma­jor un­til your ju­nior year, but you're more likely to suc­ceed if you’re ex­cited about and en­gaged by the op­tions avail­able.

Con­sider your learn­ing style and look for the aca­demic ex­pe­ri­ence you’ll need to feel chal­lenged and en­gaged, and what sup­port you'll need for suc­cess.

As­sess­ing your chances of ad­mis­sion can be a good way to iden­tify a strong aca­demic match ( and, of course, your col­lege list of dream and safety schools).

Most ad­mis­sions coun­sel­lors say your GPA and cal­i­bre of your high school classes are the most im­por­tant el­e­ments of your col­lege ap­pli­ca­tion, with stan­dard­ised test scores not far be­hind. Check out the av­er­age num­bers of the most re­cent in­com­ing class and see how you mea­sure up.


IAcT col­lege or­gan­ised an edi­to­rial boot camp for sec­ondary school stu­dents.

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