Lachlan Scott decided to study the Certificate IV in Screen and Media after attending Melbourne Polytechnic’s Open Day and seeing work that resembled his own talents and passion.
Since then, he’s made a television show with his classmates and discovered his own voice.
“Be prepared to do the hard yards, because you never know what’s going to happen. There’s always a chance someone might see you and offer you a job.”
Inspired by student work on display at Melbourne Polytechnic’s Open Day, Lachlan Scott enrolled in the Certificate IV in Screen and Media.
Lachlan was always interested in film and television and when he looked around for different courses, Melbourne Polytechnic simply stood out.
“The course had a highly recognisable screen and media department and a full television studio which no other campus could offer.”
After finishing Year 12, Lachlan first completed Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Interactive Visual Media in which he gained skills across all the Adobe programs.
Then, while attending an Open Day, Lachlan saw student projects that were similar to his own. He decided to enrol in the Certificate IV in Screen and Media and explore a passion that had been with him from a young age.
“I didn’t really know what I was going to get out of the course until half way through the year when I found out there are ten or more different roles in the industry.”
Lachlan found that Melbourne Polytechnic’s teaching style was perfect for bringing creative projects to life, offering a balance between creative boundaries and creative freedom.
“You could tell the teachers really knew what they were doing. They were passionate and loved teaching us all about the equipment and different styles of filming.”
Lachlan’s class created an eight episode series called The Mash Up, which screened on Channel 31. This was a first for the course, a project devised by Melbourne Polytechnic’s Screen and Media Program Coordinator (Nick Lovett) who had joined Melbourne Polytechnic after a successful career at Channel Ten.
“The teachers directed us quite a lot at the start of the year, but by the end, we were given full control.”
One of the challenges Lachlan faced earlier in the course was in having to pitch his ideas to potential clients when not at all comfortable speaking in public.
“A year ago, I couldn’t speak publicly. I had to pitch my ideas to different clients and they all turned me down. I got help from my teachers and eventually got a client, but this course has definitely helped me to open up and speak more easily to people.”
While creating a television show was definitely a highlight of the year, Lachlan credits his peers with ensuring the course remains a memorable experience.
“Meeting people from all around Melbourne just felt like we’d been brought together from such far away places to accomplish something great. And we did! That’s the best thing I’ve gotten out of this year.”
Now enrolled in the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media, Lachlan is keen to hone his skills and keep the momentum flowing. His advice to prospective Melbourne Polytechnic students is to be prepared to work hard, because you never know what might happen.
“We’ve had directors come in and watch us unexpectedly. If you’re doing the best you can, there’s always a chance they might see you and offer you a job!”
Certificate IV in Screen and Media