Creative Industry Hopefuls Invited to Take Part in Dundee Showcasing Event

Students and non-professionals looking for their big break in the creative industries have been invited to take part in an event allowing them to showcase their talents to possible employers.

Next Level Dundee will see participants tasked with producing various pieces of creative work – including games, film and websites – to be shown to the likes of Dundee Contemporary Arts, local screen commission, Tay Screen, and games developers, Realtime Worlds.

Due to run at the beginning of next month, the one-week event held at the University of Abertay in Dundee will include hands-on involvement from various organiserations – such as the DCA – plus guest mentor lectures by, among others, animator, Fraser MacLean.

The hope is that some of the resulting work will then by taken to a digital arts festival, also in Dundee – the NEoN Digital Arts Festival – later this year. This is the second outing for Next Level Dundee.

In a statement from the university, Next Level Dundee founder, Iain Smith, is quoted, saying: “Last year’s [event] was a huge success, giving hugely talented people looking for their break into the creative industries a chance to work alongside professionals, and have their work showcased to the public at the NEoN Digital Arts Festival.

“This year we’ve recruited more varied industry mentors, and are looking for a wider range of skills including art, film and animation. I’m expecting very exciting, very interesting work to be produced by all the successful teams.

“I set up Next Level Dundee to help give skilled, hard-working individuals the opportunity to create a portfolio piece, attract the attention of employers, and give people the chance to work in a challenging team environment.”

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