Falmouth students win bursary from top UK independent TV production
Two students on University College Falmouth's PgDip/MA
Television Production course have won bursaries and a once
in a lifetime opportunity to work with top UK independent
TV production company, Twofour, which has studios in London
Simon Hawtin and Ben Young have both received £1000
from Twofour and the enviable opportunity to get behind the
camera during the Easter and summer holidays, as they join
the team in Twofour's Plymouth studios. Twofour is one
of the largest broadcast television and corporate communication
producers in the UK and a major creative force overseas. It
produces over 200 hours of broadcast programming every year
for leading clients such as terrestrials BBC, ITV, Channel
4, Five and Sky, and more digital channels than you could
shake a boom at.
Simon and Ben are all too aware of the amazing career boost
(and three meals a day opportunity) that they have secured
through their successful applications for the bursary.
"The thousand pounds is obviously fantastic and
means I won't starve this year," jokes Simon,
"but the work placement should be much more valuable
in the long term. Twofour is a massive industry name, so to
get the thumbs up is really encouraging."
Simon will join the Family Forensics production team at the
end of March for the first part of his work experience. The
new show was first produced by the mighty Fox Television in
the US but now Twofour has been commissioned to produce a
new UK version presented by Love Island victor Jayne Middlemiss,
for LIVINGtv. "I'm looking forward to getting
a real idea of life in a professional TV environment,"
Ben on the other hand will get to enhance his experience
of editing and dubbing techniques from the experts in a round
the clock post production facility. "Twofour is
a professional company in every respect, working on programmes
for some of the most watched channels in the country,"
says Ben. "Being able to see how they operate
will be a great learning experience."
Charles Wace, Chief Executive of Twofour is keen to emphasise
that television production is not the sole province of the
major media centres. "Twofour believes strongly
in developing talent in the South West and absolutely in fostering
our relationship with University College Falmouth,"
he says. "We are very keen for Falmouth's
students in Television Production to know that it is possible
to build a successful career here in the South West –
you don't have to go to London."
And a successful career in television starts with a successful
course of learning. University College Falmouth's widely
acclaimed PgDip/MA in Television Production is producing a
staggering number of talented students like Ben and Simon.
The course provides the students with the professional, intellectual
and practical skills needed for a successful career in today's
television industry. Students also benefit from industry-standard
facilities in the College's multi-million-pound Media
Centre and expert tuition from the industry insiders who teach
on the course.
The course also actively encourages students like Ben and
Simon to seek as much work experience as they can, as a crucial
segue into the national media industry. "This is
an amazing opportunity for Simon and Ben in terms of enhancing
their skills, knowledge and career potential," says
PgDip/MA Television Production Course Leader, Dr Chris Truran.
"Twofour is a very important player within the national
media industry. We are very proud to have Twofour as a partner
and very proud of our students' achievements."
Simon and Ben are committed to remaining in the South West
after the completion of their MA, acknowledging the opportunities
that are developing for emerging TV production talent in the
area. Their time at Twofour will be a crucial launch pad.
"I really hope to work as an editor and post production
specialist after graduation," says Ben. "I'm
sure the experience of working at Twofour will help make our
transition from students to professionals all the more possible."
For further information about PgDip/MA Television Production
at University College Falmouth, please contact Admissions
on 01326 211077, email email@example.com
or visit www.falmouth.ac.uk/television.
For further information please contact Jilly Easterby of
University College Falmouth on 01326 212261 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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