UTC students become producers at Sheffield Hallam University film school

Four Year 12 students from UTC Sheffield have taken part in a three-day film school hosted at Sheffield Hallam University.

The UTC students, who are all studying Creative & Digital Media (CDM), joined 15 other students from six schools across South Yorkshire to put their media skills to the test.

Over the three days, the Year 12s created a selection of short films, working alongside students from other schools and using skills they have developed on their CDM course. The students, Mia Fidment, Mady Moennich, Semeion Marquis and Bradley Atkin, were interested in gaining more experience in, and a better insight into, film production, editing and media. The students will all be studying the TV and Film Pathway on their Year 13 course at the UTC which focuses heavily on film, so the programme gave them a taster of what they can expect next year.

The programme also inspired the students to think about studying media related courses at university and gave them the opportunity to learn in a university setting with lecturers and university staff.

Mia Fidment said of the three-days: “It was a great experience and opportunity. I feel that using the editing software will also help me on my CDM courses next year.”

Curriculum Lead for Creative & Digital Media, Alicia Edwards, said: “The students thoroughly enjoyed their time at the film school and benefitted from making local links with industry and the university. This bodes well for their continuing studies at UTC Sheffield and their career aspirations.”

Becki McKechnie, Schools and Colleges Engagement Coordinator at Sheffield Hallam University said: “The students produced fantastic content that clearly demonstrated their creativity and skills. It was great to see the students working together so well with people they’d not met before and sharing some fantastic ideas. The short films they’ve produced really showcase their abilities and enthusiasm.

“The Sheffield Hallam lecturers and staff involved in delivering the programme commented on how talented the students were and how well they worked together developing their ideas.”

The completed films will be showcased in a screening at Sheffield Hallam University, tying in with their Art, Design and Media week in November.

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