Issue date: 25 February 2013
New flagship media facilities and equipment at UWE Bristol are amongst the best in HE in the UK, bringing practical benefits to students and to their learning.
The recently opened state-of the-art facilities costing £2.2 million enable students studying creative industry courses to develop hands-on skills that will prepare them for the competitive world of work.
The new facilities, based at the University's Bower Ashton Campus, are being used by students studying journalism, media, film and other subjects. Students can make use of a whole range of studio, editing, camera and technical equipment, ensuring that they have practical experience of the key skills that employers are looking for.
The new facilities include a TV news room, with fixed cameras, green screen and interview area; broadcast quality radio studios for news and interviews, which can be self-operated, or producer operated; post production facilities for editing; mixing desk; dubbing facilities and grading suites for adding or changing colour.
Students work on a range of projects depending which course they are following from TV and radio news stories, to documentaries, films, wildlife programming, as well as multiplatform digital content, animation and graphic design.
In addition the students learn alongside the best in the world as the undergraduate and post graduate courses are taught by leading industry practitioners – including producers, designers and editors from the BBC's world famous Natural History Unit, international leaders in animation - Aardman Animations, multi award winning visual effects and graphics business BDH and leading post production house, Films@59.
Lynn Barlow, UWE's Director of Creative Media, says, “The facilities students are now using are industry standard which enables us to match the level of skill and experience of the professional world with the talent of the future.”
Chris Hanson, a second year journalism student, said, “The new facilities really give us the chance to see what life is like in a real newsroom. To be able to use the same level of equipment as journalists do at the BBC or ITV will make life easier when we are applying for jobs.”
The new facilities also benefit the local community through projects and placements carried out by students for charities and local organisations.