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Source: Duncan Tift – Deputy Editor, West Midlands (2013) ‘Ormiston Academy agree new trade partnership with Maltese Institute’, Thebusinessdesk.com, 29 October 2013

From left: Nathan Dodzo, head of broadcast media at BOA, Charles Theuma, principal at St Martin\’s Institute, Gaynor Cheshire, principal at BOA and Dylan Seychell, head of department at St Martin\’s InstituteFrom left: Nathan Dodzo, head of broadcast media at BOA, Charles Theuma, principal at St Martin\’s Institute, Gaynor Cheshire, principal at BOA and Dylan Seychell, head of department at St Martin\’s Institute

Ormiston Academy agree new trade partnership with Maltese Institute

THE Birmingham Ormiston Academy has agreed an exclusive partnership with St Martin’s Institute of Higher Education in Malta.

Students from the two institutions have been commissioned to work alongside the Maltese Film Commission to create a series of promotional videos for the Maltese Tourism Authority.

The videos, which mark 50 years since Malta gained independence and 10 years since the country joined the EU, will explore subjects including heritage sites, festivals and carnivals, and food and culture; and will be used to draw new visitors to the country.

Gaynor Cheshire, principal at BOA, said: “This fantastic new partnership will allow students from both Malta and the UK to learn a lot more about creative media, giving them the chance to build international connections which will be of great benefit to them in the future.”

Over the next 24 months, the 30 creative arts students from BOA will make the trip to Malta in groups of 10, each group staying for two weeks at a time. As well as producing the promotional videos students will also attend a ‘Film School’, hosted by BOA head of broadcast media Nathan Dodzo and supported by the University of London.

BOA is open to students aged 14-18 who are looking to pursue careers in creative, digital and performance industries. It is sponsored by Ormiston Trust and Birmingham City University, with founding partners Maverick TV and the BRIT School.

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Source: / 8 October, 2013

Birmingham Ormiston Academy announces International Partnership

The Birmingham Ormiston Academy has announced an exclusive partnership with St Martin’s Institute of Higher Education in Malta.

Students from the two institutions have been commissioned to work alongside the Maltese Film Commission to create a series of promotional videos for the Maltese Tourism Authority. The videos, which mark 50 years since Malta gained independence and ten years since the country joined the EU, will explore subjects including heritage sites, festivals and carnivals, and food and culture; and will be used to draw new visitors to the country.

Gaynor Cheshire, principal at BOA, said: “This fantastic new partnership will allow students from both Malta and the UK to learn a lot more about creative media, giving them the chance to build international connections which will be of great benefit to them in the future.

“I had the incredible opportunity to meet with the President of Malta, George Abela, during one of our visits. He emphasised the importance of education and has granted our students special privileges in order to make their films even more successful. Not only will the trips to Malta be fully funded, students will have the opportunity to visit Maltese heritage sites otherwise closed to the public.”

Over the next 24 months, the 30 creative arts students from BOA will make the trip to Malta in groups of 10, each group staying for two weeks at a time. As well as producing the promotional videos students will also attend a film school, hosted by BOA head of broadcast media Nathan Dodzo and supported by the University of London.

Nathan said: “While in Malta the students will undertake specialist training in pre and post-production processes before creating industry standard promotional films for a real life client. They will learn how to edit pictures and sound, compose background music and add special effects. The skills they will develop will be invaluable, not only will they gain access to a wealth of knowledge and experience, they will also have the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded individuals from outside of the UK.”

BOA is open to students aged 14-18 who are looking to pursue careers in creative, digital and performance industries and is sponsored by Ormiston Trust and Birmingham City University, with founding partners Maverick TV and the BRIT School.

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Midlands Business News – Birmingham Academy Announces International Partnership
Coverage in Malta
Source: Times of Malta Sunday, August 11, 2013, 00:01

Computing in film

Nathan Dodzo (from left) with Charles Theuma, Gaynor Cheshire and Dylan Seychell.

Nathan Dodzo (from left) with Charles Theuma, Gaynor Cheshire and Dylan Seychell.

St Martin’s Institute of Higher Education has signed an agreement with Birmingham Ormiston Academy, UK, to organise the Malta Film School in the spring of 2014, with two further repeats in autumn 2014 and spring 2015.

The Malta Film School will be an intensive, two-week, full-time boot camp, with a total of 20 students, 10 from St Martin’s Institute and 10 from Birmingham Ormiston Academy.

The school will be led by television journalist Nathan Dodzo who will be joined by four specialist lecturers from both institutions.

This initiative is being funded by UK-managed European Funds, and the school is supported by the Malta Film Commission.

The films will be produced, shot and edited on site. The role of St Martin’s Institute students and staff will be to introduce creative computing techniques to the development and the propagation of the resulting films.

St Martin’s Institute was selected as a partner in this project because of its achievements in the area of creative computing and St Martin’s Institute students will be selected from students reading for a BSc (Hons) in Creative Computing.

The Film School will provide further vocational exposure to the academic rigour already provided in moving imagery, sound, CGI and animation by St Martin’s Institute as part of the creative computing units in the degree.

Having Mr Dodzo leading this film school is an opportunity to strengthen the extracurricular programmes, complementing the annual Games Development Challenge, led by British expert Gareth Lewis.

St Martin’s Institute has always felt that its graduates must be educated holistically. The correct formula is to offer extensive and rigorous academic knowledge which is strengthened by meaningful practical assignments where students are asked to work in teams.

The Computing and Information Systems Department at St Martin’s Institute is in the process of setting up further focus groups schools, thus increasing the range of expertise of its graduates. The strength of the degree programmes offered at St Martin’s Institute stems from the fact that while students are offered the opportunity to specialise, they are still exposed to main subject areas. This formula has guaranteed an employability rate of over 90 per cent to students upon successful completion of their degree.

All degrees taught at St Martin’s Institute are conferred by the University of London. Students reading for University of London degrees may study at off-campus locations all over the world, such as St Martin’s Institute.

St Martin’s Institute students reading for University of London computer degrees have, year on year, achieved high classifications, with an average of half of the graduates attaining a First Class Honours.

St Martin’s Institute of Higher Education is recruiting students for courses starting in autumn.

For more information, call 2123 5451 or e-mail infodesk@stmartins.edu

 

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