From Alicante to Plymouth - a year of studying abroad with Erasmus
Erasmus exchange student Claudia Mohedano joined us for a full year of BA (Hons) Film study from Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche in Alicante, during which time she created a short film that was screened at a number of festivals.
Claudia’s film, Batido Verde del Dia (Green Smoothie of the Day), was selected for screening at Vagabond Film Festival and nominated for a Royal Television Society Devon and Cornwall Student Award for Entertainment and Comedy 2019.
The story tells the brief encounter in a coffee shop between two friends who haven’t seen each other in a long time: Maria, an extrovert girl who has just come from an Erasmus trip, and Carlos, a self-focused boy who works in the coffee shop. While Carlos is trying to unlock a client that is stuck in the bathroom, they talk and share their experiences, lost in their own world.
We caught up with Claudia to find out more about her experience as an Erasmus student in Plymouth...
How did you hear about Plymouth College of Art?
As an Erasmus partner institution, it was listed as an Erasmus choice for my degree, I studied Audiovisual Communication at my university in Alicante. In fact, this was the first year it was offered to students, so I jumped at the chance.
What made you decide to study here?
Originally the placement was just for one semester, but I ended up staying the whole academic year, specialising in screenwriting and directing. I wanted to study in the UK and I really liked Plymouth as a city, it seemed calm and peaceful. It wasn’t too busy with people, it is near the sea and is very sunny! Also, Plymouth College of Art looked very artistic and inspirational.
What did you enjoy most about studying Film at Plymouth College of Art?
I really appreciated the teacher’s feedback on the course, they were always trying to help us and encouraging us to do our best. I enjoyed the college’s facilities so much, it is incredible and has so many options, you can spend the entire day there learning new things. There are workshops where you can learn different things even if the subject has nothing to do with your course, I loved that. Being at Plymouth College of Art is very inspirational, there are so many interesting students.
Did you take part in any group projects or go on any trips with the course whilst you were studying here?
We went to Mount Edgcumbe in Cornwall to make a short film, and I also took part in some group projects to create some short films.
How did you feel when you found out that your film had been nominated for an RTS award?
I was so happy about the nomination because I have never been nominated before. It made me very proud and motivated me to keep making films.
What did you enjoy about living in Plymouth?
The city is very calm and very sunny, I loved spending time near the lighthouse, at the port or visiting Whitsand Bay. It is a small city but very comfortable and nice. I had so much fun the day it snowed and everything was white, no one expected that and everyone was playing outside. The people of Plymouth are so friendly!
What are you doing now that you've graduated?
I am currently studying a screenwriting Master at Escola de Cinema de Barcelona in Barcelona (Spain). After that, I will search for a job in Barcelona related to film or advertising. But meanwhile, as I am writing my first script for a long film, I want to keep doing that until I find the opportunity to produce it and film it.
The Erasmus+ programme enables higher education students to study in a European partner university as part of their degree course. We offer outgoing students at Plymouth College of Art the chance to spend usually one semester studying at one of our European partner universities, and incoming students (students who originally enrolled at one of our European partner universities) the chance to spend between three and twelve months studying here at Plymouth College of Art.