1,989 students from 27 counties, 9 countries and 4 continents graduated from Mary Immaculate College over 3 days this week.
BA graduate in English and Media & Communications and filmmaker, Jason Reddan from Limerick City, was one of them. Jason’s path to graduation wasn’t easy as he left school before his Leaving Certificate but thanks to an access programme at MIC (the Foundation Certificate for Mature Learners), he was not only conferred with a degree in Liberal Arts but got an Award for Outstanding Achievement in recognition of his creative media achievements.
An up and coming writer/director and producer, Jason left secondary school early and decided to return to education as a mature student in 2013 when he embarked upon the Foundation Certificate for Mature Learners at MIC. On successful completion of the programme, he then went on to pursue a degree in English and Media & Communication Studies (Liberal Arts degree) at MIC.
Jason successfully juggled his studies with a rising career in film production and his many directorial and writing credits include Who Cares (2015), Streetlights (2016) which won the world’s biggest short film competition MyRodeReel, and more recently Soviet City which appeared at the Richard Harris International Film Festival this week. Jason has also won a number of national writing competitions including the Hotpress Magazine ‘Write Here Write Now’ short story competition in 2018 for his story ‘What’s on your mind’ with the award being presented by the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, at the Dublin Writers Centre. More recently, his short personal story was selected by the American Film Market and was awarded a platinum pass to the world’s biggest film market in LA this November.
For more on Jason's journey to graduation, watch video here.