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Pictured: UTC Sheffield student Molly Keyworth, 17, collecting her award from Principal Nick Crew

Students’ Showcase At Showroom Shorts

Banner image: Pictured: UTC Sheffield student Molly Keyworth, 17, collecting her award from Principal Nick Crew

Pictured: Student Molly Keyworth, 18, whose work will be screened at Showroom Shorts, with UTC Sheffield Principal Nick Crew.

Creative and digital students at UTC Sheffield will be showcasing their work at an event this month celebrating local filmmakers.

Showroom Shorts takes place on February 17th at the Showroom Cinema, Paternoster Row, and is being organised with South Yorkshire Film Network. Audio-visual work from 17 UTC Sheffield students will be screened at the free event including film trailers and music videos created during their course in response to a brief set by Warp Films.

The award-winning Sheffield-based independent production company creates pioneering British cinema, short film and music videos and is famous for This Is England, Submarine and the Arctic Monkey’s video When the Sun Goes Down. Students were set a challenge by Warp Films of making a trailer or music video.

Student Molly Keyworth, 18, produced an art house music video for local band The Sherlocks in response to the brief. It was officially released by their record label as the group’s official music video for the song Live for the Moment, and will be shown as part of Showroom Shorts alongside other students’ work.

Molly said: “This has been an amazing opportunity. It has been brilliant to have the chance to meet, and create something for, a top film company and local band. We have been really lucky to be able to use the professional set up at the UTC in order to do this as part of our studies.”

UTC Sheffield, for 14 to 19-year-olds, 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. Students complete traditional academic courses, including GCSEs and A Levels, as well as a technical qualification.

Nick Crew, Principal, UTC Sheffield, said: “Employers are an integral part of the UTC curriculum, shaping the technical skills development and learning of our students. This creative and digital industries project is testament to the success of that approach.”

A taster evening is being held this week for parents and young people, aged 13 and 14, interested in joining UTC Sheffield in Year 10 this September. The Year 10 Showcase event takes place at UTC Sheffield, Matilda Street, on Thursday February 12th from 6pm to 8pm. Book your free place here.

There will be advice about GCSE choices and information about what makes UTC Sheffield different. Guests will find out about study and career paths in the creative and digital, and advanced engineering and manufacturing industries, and have the chance to meet the Principal, talk to employers, take a tour and try out some hands-on activities.

Employers are involved in the curriculum, and set work projects and briefs as part of students’ coursework. Some also provide work experience and placements. The facility, which opened in September 2013, has overall capacity for 600 students. View the UTC Sheffield film here.

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