We want to see our graduates succeed, preferably spectacularly. We want them to be collecting Baftas, Golden Globes®, Oscars®, maybe even the odd Razzie for light relief. But what we really want is for you to be in paid employment, using the skills and knowledge you’ve picked up during your time here.
Which is why substantial professional development is built into our programmes, designed to help you harness your abilities. That includes entrepreneurship and opportunity-recognition, because your creativity will need an outlet, and sometimes you need to develop that yourself.
What else? Live Briefs, Personal Professional Development (PPD), work placements, shadowing roles and mentorships are key, and presentations, seminars and workshops, presented by industry professionals and our own returning graduates, are central to our courses, designed to inspire you.
There’s even more. One to one coaching and group sessions are delivered in partnership with organisations such as ITV, Facebook, the BBC and The Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse to help you prepare for entry-level job applications.
We make sure you’re plugged into the right networks. We organise trips to the Royal Television Society careers fair in London, the Edinburgh Festival, and Salford’s Media City, as well as taking you to meet production staff at Warner Bros Studio.
“The lecturers have so much professional experience, and what you’re aiming to do they’ve already done. So they really try to use their experience and contacts to help you get into the industry.”
And then there’s our annual Unlock Your Potential event. It brings industry speakers to you for a full schedule of workshops, talks and activities, drawing names from across the world of film and television, including presenter Katie Thistleton (CBBC/Radio One), Blue Peter editor Ewan Vinnicombe, documentary maker Helen Littleboy (The Hotel, Channel 4), award-winning drone operator Carys Kaiser, and Steph Bannister aka social media phenomenon Scouse Bird.
We’re all connected now. With technology turning bedrooms and back rooms into virtual studios, the time has never been better for technically-skilled creative graduates to plough their own furrow, to collaborate, or even to offer their media skills to non-industry organisations. And there’s a ‘non-creative’ skills gap within the creative industries, which needs addressing, and is often that foot in the door. Yes, we’ve helped our students secure graduate positions at organisations like ITV, Planet Shine, Warner Bros and BBC Children’s Television, but there’s a whole world of other opportunities in which you can succeed. Preferably spectacularly.