Our school is developing future film and TV producers, multimedia journalists and digital media producers, to name but a few roles.
With nearly 250 students engaged in the creative arts, we pride ourselves on giving our students the best possible start to their future career. The UK Creative Industries is valued at £91.8bn, with sustained growth over the last five years. There are jobs and opportunities readily available in all sectors of the industry, and it is our job to nurture, encourage and train you, to give you the head start you need to become successful.
We all love what we do and this radiates to our students. Our resolve is to share this passion with our students, using industry experience and examples to nurture, challenge and train our students to ensure they are in the best possible position to forge a career within the industry. We ensure students have the connections, the character strengths and the right qualifications to succeed. Coming to college should be a positive and enjoyable experience, but also challenging and meaningful – every student should leave our classes with something new to work on and continue to grow and develop as the term continues.
The School offers qualifications from Level 1 through to Level 4, with students on all courses given the opportunity to collaborate within a creative hub. For example, Level 2 Media students may work with Level 2 Music Production students to create a film, using visual and audio. The Multimedia Journalism students may then review this, with the Level 4 Creative Arts students then managing online promotion and links to businesses. In essence, we have our own in-house creative hub, allowing students to build from an initial concept in to a fully completed production - view our documentaries about the production of the short film, Maximus which has had incredible success on the short film circuit and an example of the types of projects we aspire to create. Check out our website too, to see examples of some of other projects and student work: www.digitalsaint.wsc.ac.uk
We deliver our courses using an escalator model, whereby each level has a specific focus to enable the student to fully prepare for their next level of study / employment. This links to assessment design and projects which take place across our courses. While the main focus is on the creative industries, we realise the need to develop our students’ personal and social well-being, developing specific character strengths at a given level of study:
Our expectation is that students continue to work through each level, upon successful completion of a course, and complete at least 15 hours additional study outside of timetabled sessions.
Career and progression guidance is integral to the delivery of each course. What we teach, the projects we design and the experience given to our students prepares them for the industry. Students are given careers guidance as part of the course. We set targets, review aspirations and ensure students all have a clear path for their next area of study or employment. In year two (Level 3) we spend the first term looking at Universities and UCAS and help students apply. A number of students continue to study with us on one of our Level 4 courses (which is free if the student is under 19 when the course starts) and then either progress to University or straight in to freelance work.
Our alumni are working in top industry jobs around the world. We have ex-students working on Hollywood sets, producing VFX for feature films and producing television programmes. We have hundreds of students working in the industry in a wide range of other roles such as set runners, floor managers, gaffas, legal and administrative and wardrobe, to name just a few.
The first step is to make an application for the area you are interested in. You will have the opportunity to discuss the different course options available during the interview stage and staff will confirm which course is suitable for your future plans.