South Essex College students go back in time for retro end of year show

Students go back in time for retro end of year show


The Back to Your Future event was held at the College’s Southend Campus on Wednesday and saw Broadcast Media, TV and Film, Animation, Print Media, Music, IT, and Games Development students come together to display their work.

For the throwback theme, the students transformed the College’s Media Centre into an 80s treasure trove. They built their own Zoltar fortune telling machine from the hit film ‘Big’ and decorated areas of the centre with plenty of neon and retro items. They also constructed part of the fallen Berlin wall to mark significant events from the decade. Music students also entertained visitors by holding their very own ‘Live Aid’ concert.

To make the trip back to the 80s possible, students also built a Flux Capacitor from the classic 80s film Back to the Future. Students and staff also donned 80s themed outfits for the event which was sponsored by and Wickes.

Visitors to the event navigated through the centre to see the students’ work on display in a range of media formats alongside activities and games.

Tutor Paul Cousins said it was a fantastic event.

He said: “All of our students have worked incredibly hard and it was a great way for them to reflect on their achievements and look forward to their future.

“The throwback theme was a great way to bring everything together and it certainly got people talking. Visitors were really impressed with the showcase and the quality of our students’ work. Well done to everyone.”

You can view images from the event on the College’s Facebook page here:

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