The annual Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCAs) highlight the incredible work carried out by institutions for their students. Due to Covid restrictions, this year’s awards were not collected on uni campuses as usual, but instead based on submissions from institutions, which were then judged by our special student panel.
2021 WUSCA winners
My overall experience is amazing. Everyday I wake up looking forward to what we are going to learn next. Whether it is the basics of scriptwriting or basic lighting setups, there is a practical exercise in every lesson and this is what I enjoy about my time in Raindance so far and long may it continue
During the 9 weeks I have been on this course I've learned so much about the industry I never knew. I've already come across so many opportunities and now I am at the point where I'm directing my first two short films in early 2019. In the first few weeks there are lessons that are dedicated to the skillset needed for each role within the film industry and I have capitalized on what I have been taught so far as I'm now part of a group of indie filmmakers that create content on a regular basis
The thing I like most about this course is that it is very practical. While I accept that there is a need to study the theory behind filmmaking I am a person who learns by actually doing it and if you are like me then this is definitely the course for you. Nearly each week there is an exercise where we have to shoot a scene and it is set up like a real world film shoot. Also the lecturers are very supportive and are willing to give you advice at any given moment. Plus they are heavily involved in the industry themselves and there has been countless opportunities for us student to collaborate with them
We don't have a Student Union as such but there are class representatives that meet at the end of term to discuss what is working and what needs to be improved. I am one of them and all discussions we had has been heard and have been put into place. Here at Raindance they genuinely do care
I feel that Raindance's facilities could be better but in saying working with what we have has taught me valuable lessons, such as making films on a budget, utilizing the resources that you have available and most important of all teamwork
Raindance is based right next to Trafalgar Square and it is always bustling with life. Even if you're in the area late at night there is still so much to do. There are cinemas that are nearby, plenty of restaurants and the train is literally two minutes away from Raindance.
I work full-time and although the workload can get a bit much at times, my lecturers have offered me advice on how to break up my workload and if I do need extend the deadline for a few days then all I have to do is inform them and give them a valid reason why.