Nova students star on stage

Release Date: 18 May 2017

Having contributed to a live, nationally-networked talent show in the US, a group of D&A students took to the stage in Dundee to describe their trans-Atlantic educational experience at North Virginia College on the outskirts of Washington DC.

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Back from three months study in the US (from left) – Scott Guthrie, Keiran McManus, Tasha Smith, Matthew Milroy, Darren Forbes-Kinklen and Jessica Dunne.

HND acting and performance students Tasha Smith, Jessica Dunne and Darren Forbes-Kinklen joined Scott Guthrie, Matthew Milroy and Kieran McManus, who are enrolled on the HND interactive media programme, on a three-month exchange visit to Nova (North Virginia Community College).

From arriving at the end of January until their recent return, the students attended full-time classes alongside their US counterparts and enjoyed a real taste of the NOVA curriculum.

They also took part behind the scenes of Nova Idol, an annual singing competition open to all its students – not only across its six campuses but also those learning on-line across the whole of the US.

The competition was webcast across the US and Jessica swapped backstage for front and centre when she sang ‘Let it Be’ at the end of the show.

Along with Tasha and Darren, Jess also took part in a National Forensics in a nation-wide public speaking competition and were part of the team who won seven gold medals!

They weren’t the only prize-winners however, the Interactive media students took part in a variety of projects designing marketing materials such as websites, posters and logos for local businesses and Matthew won a design competition.

With that experience the students shrugged off any nerves when delivering a presentation to describe their experience at college in the US.

The D&A College-Nova student exchange programme is supported by Erasmus (European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students), an EU-funded programme.