The UK Government is backing production company Working Title, Harry Potter producer David Heyman and James Bond producers EON in launching The London Screen Academy, a film and TV-oriented free school for 16-19 year-olds which will open in 2019.

The Islington-based school, which is due to open in autumn 2019, is being set up in a bid to improve skills and diversity within the UK film and TV arenas. It will offer a vocational curriculum including behind the camera skills and teaching from industry professionals, many of whom have worked with the founders.

Classes will range from writing to production design, hair and makeup to VFX. Training in games and VR/AR will be part of a future offering, the founders have said. The school is expected to include a film production studio, workshops, a film theatre and a rooftop courtyard with views over London.

“As founders, we believe that everyone who has a passion for film-making should have the opportunity for a career behind the camera in one of the many jobs in the screen industries,” said Tim Bevan of Working Title.

“We want to make the seemingly inaccessible film and television worlds accessible.”

It expects to launch next September with around 300 students, with a maximum capacity of 1,000.

All students will enrol for a full-time program over two years which combines academic study and practical training.

Ireland has it’s own National Film School but without the Television appendage in which just as much if not more creative work is now being undertaken.

It is though a third level college, part of the Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dun Laoghaire.

 

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