UAL Awarding Body Students at Westminster Kingsway
London Screen Academy (LSA) are working with UAL Awarding Body to equip a new generation of 16-19 talent for a future in the creative industries. UAL’s Level 3 qualification in Media Production & Technology will form a core part of the LSA curriculum at the state-of-the-art school, which particularly encourages applications from those with backgrounds under-represented in film, television, visual effects and gaming. The new academy will draw diverse students from across the capital and prepare them for higher education and screen-based careers.
Based in Islington LSA founders include the successful production company Working Title films, EON Productions (creators of Bond), Heyday Films (producers of Harry Potter) and producer Lisa Bryer. LSA is a state-funded Sixth Form. In its first year (2019) LSA will open with 300 students and it will grow to a maximum of up to 1,000 students from across the capital. LSA’s curriculum developed in tandem with UAL Awarding Body will provide the foundation for pursuing careers or further study in film, television and video-making from scriptwriting to post-production.
UAL Awarding Body Director, Ross Anderson said: “UAL Awarding Body and Working Title have worked together over the last ten months and we’re excited that the UAL Awarding Body Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology will be at the heart of the LSA’s curriculum. It supports the specialist technical skills needed to work in the screen industry but equally the wider soft skills young people will need to develop in order to adapt to the demands of their evolving and changing careers within the wider creative industries and beyond.”
Specifically developed to fuel and grow the UK’s supply of creative talent, the LSA was announced in March as part of the Government’s Creative industries: Sector Deal, which sees £150 million being jointly invested by the Government and industry to help boost cultural and creative businesses across Britain.
LSA students will have a genuine passion for film, television and other screen sectors. The curriculum is designed to develop critical, reflective, problem solving and independent learning skills, complementary to the technical knowledge, with storytelling as an integral part of the visual creative process.
The UAL Advanced Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology was developed in collaboration with UK schools and colleges and industry practitioners. It is designed be future-proof, engaging and versatile and student experience is central to the approach. The qualification focuses on nurturing creative ideas alongside the development of hard and soft skills which are transferable across different media as well as other creative industries.