The 43 students, accompanied by six members of staff, flew to the east coast of America on April 25, returning on April 30.
The group’s activities included making a film in the iconic Central Park, visiting the Museum of the Moving Image and boat and walking tours.
“The trip was an amazing experience, and one of the best parts of the course,” said second-year Level 3 Media student Pablo Brown-Jennett, who won gold at the WorldSkills UK finals in November.
“To get to shoot a film in Central Park was incredible, and it’s an amazing thing to be able to put on your CV that you’ve worked internationally at this stage of your career.”
Pablo, who is going to the University of Gloucestershire in September to study Film Production, said he had also been able to hone his photography skills ready for starting his degree.
First-year Games Design student Jasmine Read added: “The trip was the best part of the year so far.
“It was also really useful to go with the Media team, because it gave me a good understanding of their discipline too, and how I might work with people in that field in the future.”
Graham Chalk, Deputy Head of Department, said the annual trip is aimed at helping students continue to develop their technical skills and to gain an understanding of their context of their work.
“We do that by trips to places like the Museum of the Moving Image, which really helps to contextualise things for them,” he added.
“We also focus very strongly on the students working self-sufficiently to get them ready for their careers or university – so planning and filming in Central Park is a big part of that.”
Photographs courtesy of Pablo Jennett-Brown