AN exciting new summer school partnership between Forth Valley College and Creative Scotland launched yesterday (Monday 20 July) at the College’s Stirling Campus.
The summer school will offer a fascinating insight into filmmaking and the visual arts and is aimed at fourth, fifth and sixth-year pupils who are considering further study in these fields.
Over the eight full days of the summer school, participants will be introduced to filmmaking and editing techniques and will develop skills in camera work and editing software.
They will also learn to research and script films with the core aim of working in teams to make a short documentary about life in the Forth Valley.
They will also develop visual art skills by creating an exhibition in the form of posters, photographs and other visual materials to promote their documentaries.
The summer school will also include guest speakers, visits and a special end-of-course film festival to celebrate the completed works.
The initiative is being supported by Cashback for Communities through Creative Scotland’s Cashback for Creativity Programme.
Stephanie Toms, curriculum manager in the Department of Creative Industries at Forth Valley College, said: “Our summer school has been developed to provide a real flavour of working in the creative industries and the types of careers out there.
“It also offers young people the opportunity to do something worthwhile with their time during the summer holidays.
“We have an exciting programme lined up which will offer them the chance to learn new skills and gain valuable experience.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for young people who want to kick start their career in their creative industries.”
Eva Crawford McKee (15), a pupil from Bannockburn High School, is taking part in the summer school. She said: “It’s brilliant spending time with like-minded people and learning a new skill.”
And Kyle Bogie (16) from Wallace High School said: “It was great to be doing something productive during the summer holiday.”
Laura Black, development officer at Creative Scotland, said: “It is fantastic that CashBack for Creativity is helping to support this new training and employability initiative for Forth Valley, to deliver fully-funded places on the Creative Summer School training programme.
“With collaborative working through partnership support from Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Stirling Councils, this course will support young people to access creative learning opportunities and break down barriers to participation for marginalised young people.
“Young people will explore their local communities through the camera lens while learning a range of artistic, technical and production skills, and participants will develop a range of invaluable transferrable skills including team-working and communication as well as boosting their self-esteem and confidence.”
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