Creative and Digital Students Showcase Talent
UTC Sheffield students have been recognised at an awards ceremony celebrating their emerging talents for the creative and digital industries.
Awards were presented to the most outstanding, promising and improved students at UTC Sheffield, Matilda Street.
The event also celebrated the creative and digital skills of Year 10 and Year 12 students, recognising animation, comic strip, photography, radio, music video, television, graphic design, computer games pitch and best film trailer coursework.
Parents and employers attended the ceremony, on Thursday 26 June, which was opened by special guest Shamir Masri of BBC Look North.
Student Molly Keyworth, 17, who won the Year 12 ‘Most Promising Student’ Award, said: “I’m really pleased to have been given an award. I like the fact that you get the best of both worlds at the UTC by doing academic and technical qualifications. I really enjoy the focus on real clients.”
Brigidin Crowther, Assistant Principal, UTC Sheffield, said: “The UTC aims to connect with the local digital economy and find routes into this dynamic and growing sector for our students. Events such as our awards ceremony show that connection is happening fast, and becoming a reality.”
Victoria Allen, Curriculum Director Creative and Digital Media, UTC Sheffield, added: “I am proud of the exceptional achievements of our students, and was delighted by the turnout from our creative and digital employer partners.”
UTC Sheffield is the first institution of its kind to open in Yorkshire. It specialises in two key sectors that have been identified for growth. They are the creative and digital, and the advanced engineering and manufacturing, industries.
UTC Sheffield offers young people, aged 14 to 19, traditional academic courses, including GCSEs and A Levels, and technical qualifications that employers need. Employers are involved in the curriculum, setting work projects and briefs as part of students’ coursework, and some also provide work experience and placements.
Creative and digital employers supporting UTC Sheffield include Sumo Digital, the video game developer, and Warp Films, an independent production company, which set two of the award winning project briefs.
Warp Films visited students to present to them and they were all then given the opportunity to create an original trailer to produce and present to the film company. “It is brilliant to have the chance to meet, and create something for, a top film company,” added student Molly Keyworth.
Sheffield Live, which is launching the city’s first digital television channel this September, is also supporting the UTC. Sheffield Live TV will cover Sheffield news, events, music, sports and culture. It is part of a new cross-platform media partnership comprising radio, television web and mobile.
Sangita Basudev, Chief Executive, Sheffield Live, who attended the awards ceremony, said: “The work that’s been presented at this ceremony is excellent. It’s very exciting to see so many young people coming through developing these technical skills.”
For more details of employer inputs and special opportunities for Creative and Digital Media students at the UTC over the past academic year 2013/14 please visit: