Award winning filmmaker, Kai Topping, is only in the first year of his HND Media Moving Image course but is already seeing success with the work created through his College projects. His documentary film, a truthful depiction of mental health that centres on his sister’s struggle with anorexia, was awarded Cornwall Film Festival’s ‘Screen Actions Factual Entertainment’ award in 2017.
Although Kai produces documentary films, his real passion lies with producing and presenting radio. After studying an Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production at Truro College, Kai decided that he wanted to focus more on audio for his university course so he stayed at Truro College as it offered a more flexible media degree.
I just love all aspects of radio really; I’m happy to do anything within that field. The tutors really made the HND Media Moving Image course really flexible for me; they let me specialise in audio and because of the small class sizes, they are even able to tailor the lessons to my needs.
Originally from Newcastle and now living in Plymouth, Kai commutes to Truro daily to study for his course because he prefers the community feel of the College environment: “Smaller class sizes are a bonus because you get supported a lot more on a 1-1 basis. You get a lot more dedicated support from the lecturers.”
Although based on the same campus as College facilities, Kai has really noticed a difference in studying at university level: “We all get on in the class, there’s a lot more maturity and people take the work seriously. You definitely notice a change in the level of work you’re doing compared to College studies.”
While studying, Kai also manages to fit life around lectures, holding a part-time retail job in Plymouth to gain some additional experience. However, his main aim is to graduate from his course and to start investing in his future career.
That’s the priority for me: my education.