How to pre­pare for a ca­reer in film,

The Jewish Chronicle - - JC SPECIAL - BY BOBBY BRUCH

HE PAGEANT which opened the Lon­don Olympics was a show­case of Bri­tain’s creative en­ter­prise.WhetherWest End theatre or TV drama like Down­ton Abbey, our entertainment in­dus­tries en­joy a global rep­u­ta­tion. But they also make a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to the econ­omy.

And along­side tra­di­tional art forms such as theatre, come new dig­i­tal plat­forms — in­ter­ac­tive games, apps or vi­ral videos. While there may be no set route into a creative ca­reer, stu­dents can take spe­cial­ist ed­u­ca­tional path­ways to pre­pare for it.

The El­stree UTC (Univer­sity Tech­ni­cal Col­lege) opened last year with a fo­cus on the vis­ual and creative arts. Its part­ners in­clude the BBC, the in­de­pen­dent TV pro­duc­tion com­pany, En­de­mol and the world-renowned El­stree film stu­dios.

For GCSE, pupils at El­stree UTC fol­low an aca­demic cur­ricu­lum com­pris­ing English, maths, science and com­put­ing science, sup­ple­mented by creative sub­jects which in­clude pho­tog­ra­phy, mu­sic, drama or film stud­ies. Ex­tracur­ric­u­lar op­tions of­fer ex­pe­ri­ence in a range of fields such as an­i­ma­tion, pod­cast­ing, app devel­op­ment or ra­dio pro­duc­tion. The A-level pro­gramme has a sim­i­lar ori­en­ta­tion.

As a univer­sity op­tion, Mid­dle­sex Univer­sity, whose £80 mil­lion art, de­sign and me­dia build­ing in­cludes a news­room, record­ing stu­dios and edit­ing suites, of­fers BAs in 3D an­i­ma­tion and games, graphic de­sign, il­lus­tra­tion, pho­tog­ra­phy, film, tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tion, theatre arts and dance: you can even do BAs in jazz or pop mu­sic. There is also a mas­ter’s de­gree in creative tech­nolo­gies which cover a range of ap­pli­ca­tions such as sound engi­neer­ing or vis­ual ef­fects.

H e n d o n - b a s e d Mid­dle­sex also caters for bud­ding im­pre­sar­ios with BAMBAM — BA in mu­sic busi­ness and arts man­age­ment. If you pre­fer do­ing a more tra­di­tional de­gree first, you can still take an MA in arts man­age­ment.

An A-level in drama or me­dia stud­ies, for ex­am­ple, may not be nec­es­sary to get on to a re­lated de­gree course but ap­pli­cants in some cases may have to

‘Stu­dents will have to in­vent new ways of work­ing’

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