12th February 2021
York College University Centre is one of four founding members of Screen Yorkshire’s newly established Connected Campus network for FE & HE Colleges in the region. Connected Campus has been devised to give students on film and TV-related courses greater access to industry professionals, to help ensure that Yorkshire is producing the best, most versatile and most industry-ready graduates.
Screen Yorkshire champions the film, TV, games and digital industries in Yorkshire and the Humber, UK. Its aim is to secure and support the very best projects, companies and individuals, helping to make the region one of the most sought-after destinations for production in the UK. Screen Yorkshire’s Connected Campus consortium is one of a number of training initiatives designed to develop new talent and create a skilled workforce for the region’s screen industries. Connected Campus is a consortium of academic institutions, production companies and broadcasters, devised and led by Screen Yorkshire, which supports graduates to better understand the demands of the industry and adapt to the fast changing environment.
Initially, three higher education courses at York College; BA (Hons) in Media Make-up, Special Effects & Hair Design, BA (Hons) Fashion Design & Product Innovation and BA (Hons) Acting for Stage & Screen (ALRA Endorsed)*, have students that will benefit from Screen Yorkshire’s global industry links and expertise. The students will participate in a range of practical and industry-focused opportunities and experiences, including a Q&A session with BBC Talent Managers, attending industry training boot camps and special access to events and industry talent, designed to enhance their skills and boost their employment prospects. York College aims to bring more creative courses into the Connected Campus consortium in the future.
Screen Yorkshire also delivers a range of employment related and educational modules directly to students, helping to increase awareness and understanding of opportunities within the industry. By looking at ways in which different creative disciplines work together, students can better prepare for the world of work.
Sharon Barrington, York College Programme Leader, BA (Hons) Media Make-up, Special Effects& Hair Design, says: “Screen Yorkshire has been instrumental in making Yorkshire the fastest growing region for film & TV in the UK and our students will now have access to their expert knowledge and industry networks through the Connected Campus consortium. This will give them an advantage when seeking employment, developing their industry knowledge and building their confidence to network within the competitive world of television and film.”
Rebecca O’Leary, Programme Leader, BA (Hons) Fashion Design & Product Innovation says: “The College’s Connected Campus membership, with its valuable industry links, will help to support students as they develop their work in the virtual world, and enable them to see how their broad and transferable skills are desirable in film and television.”
James Harvey, York College Programme Leader, BA (Hons) Acting for Stage & Screen (ALRA endorsed)* says: “Our exciting new partnership with Screen Yorkshire will give students the most valuable insights possible into how to forge successful careers in our thriving northern TV and Film industries. Regular classes with current industry professionals will ensure they are learning the most up-to-date skills, and will enable them to meet potential employers and creative collaborators throughout their time studying with us.”
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Glyn Middleton, Head of Skills at Screen Yorkshire adds: “We are delighted York College has signed up to Connected Campus, which is far more than just a network that shares good practice. The programme is encouraged and supported by broadcasters in the region, keen to harness the local talent in the region's colleges. The programme of learning is designed to adapt to the rapidly fluctuating developments in the screen industries, such as skills gaps that emerge as a result of new technologies, or an increase in production activity as a result of new companies or broadcasters migrating to the region.’’
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York College is holding a virtual Creative Taster Event on Wednesday 24th February (6.00pm – 8.00pm), for anyone interested in Higher Education Creative Courses. The online event will include video footage from every Higher Education creative course, as well as Q&A sessions with College tutors. Visit www.yorkcollege.ac.uk for more information, and to register for the event.
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