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Ever wondered what it was like to get into one of the creative industries? Our pick of courses answers some of these questions and gives you a clearer idea of what you might look forward to at university or in your first job, and what part of an industry you might enjoy being involved in. You can take the knowledge you gain from these courses, and the drive and ambition you've shown in taking them along to job and uni interviews to show just how dedicated and interested you are in your profession. 

Innovation: the Fashion Industry

This course introduces a case study showing how Marks & Spencer has been a key innovator in fashion, introducing new fabrics that make our lives easier and more comfortable. You will see how M&S continues to drive innovation to bring consumers new and better products. You will also consider your own clothing and its innovation story, producing and sharing with other learners your research and findings on how a favourite item of clothing is the result of innovative developments in the industry. 

The course is designed to complement your existing studies and helps: provide evidence for UCAS applications and prepare you for university, and gain new skills, think critically and learn independently.

Film Production: Behind the Scenes for Feature Filmmaking

This course demystifies the process of making a feature film. You will discover the key stages of how a film gets made and the different types of production. It explores the different departments, and how they interact and work together, looks at the structure of a film crew - how individual job roles fit into the wider crew - and gets to grips with industry jargon and etiquette. Industry professionals, working in key roles on award-winning productions, will talk about their jobs and give practical insights and tips into how the industry works. 

It would be useful for anyone with interested in working in the film industry giving them an understanding of entry-level jobs and potential career progression pathways. 

Digital Storytelling: Filmmaking for the Web

This course, led by the University of Birmingham, the BBC Academy and Creative Skillset looks at filmmaking theory and practice, and how they interact to produce good and even meaningful stories, helping you develop short films for digital platforms. The courses covers all aspects of production – from how to research your story to adding the finishing touches in the edit, and addresses many issues along the way, including critical thinking; story structure; style; genre; ethics; legalities; and practical techniques for camera, sound and lighting.

Creative Coding

Learning to program is no longer just for computer specialists and software developers. People from many different backgrounds now want to understand the basics of programming, because it’s both fun and an increasingly valuable skill. One of the most exciting ways to learn programming is through authoring your own creative programs. Known as “creative coding,” this growing field uses computer software as a medium to develop original creative expression.

So if you’re an artist, designer, architect or musician who’s interested in how you can expand your creative skills, or even a computer programmer looking to work in creative applications, you will find this course extremely useful.

The course will help you develop practical programming concepts and skills by exploring creative ideas and challenges. It will look at the history and philosophy behind artistic uses of technology, so you can gain a greater understanding of how best to express your own creative vision using the software you write.

Stereoscopy: an Introduction to Victorian Stereo Photography

Following its presentation to the world at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851, the stereoscope – a device that makes images appear 3D – mesmerised Victorians. Collecting and viewing stereo photographs became a craze. This course examines the rise of stereo photography and the work of two pioneering photographers – the Scotsman, George Washington Wilson, and the Englishman, Thomas Richard Williams. It explores how the stereoscope, originally created by inventor Sir Charles Wheatstone to investigate human binocular vision, was improved by scientist Sir David Brewster, to become a vital, elaborate drawing room essential.

An Introduction to Screenwriting

This course introduces you to the basic elements and key concepts behind a professional screenplay and is offered by the University of East Anglia’s School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing. The course is a must for anyone new to scriptwriting and for more experienced writers who wish to raise their scriptwriting to a professional level. It will establish a common vocabulary for approaching the screenplay and form the basis for upcoming courses in dramatic adaptation, the crime screenplay, and other genres and skills.

Explore Animation

This course, delivered by a team of award-winning animators at the internationally acclaimed National Film and Television School (NFTS), takes you through their approach to telling stories and demystify their own animation technique. Contributors will use examples from their own work, as well as the animated films that have influenced and inspired them, to enable you to explore different forms of animation. You'll learn about stop motion or stop frame animation, 2D or cel animation, big-scale animation in the real world, and CGI or 3D computer animation.

Explore Filmmaking: from Script to Screen

A team of award-winning filmmakers at the National Film and Television School take you through their approach to telling stories, as well as demystifying their own filmmaking specialisms - from writing and directing to cinematography, editing and composing. Each week your filmmaker host will use examples from their own work as well as the films that have influenced and inspired them: Introduction: how does a film get from script to screen?; Storytelling: what’s the difference between plot and theme?; Decisions: how to choose budget, schedule, location and kit?; The scene: how does a director make choices on set? Time and space: how does editing affect meaning?; and Sound and music: what is the impact of a film’s soundtrack?

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