On 12 April the Northern Ireland Film & Television School Featured on Good Morning Ulster
Radio Ulster's Sara Neill popped down to interview some of the NI Film & Television School second year students for a special programme. Good Morning Ulster's broadcast came live from the Strand Cinema in East Belfast to celebrate NI’s burgeoning film and television production industry. Sara spent the morning with the students down in the NIFTS studios, getting a flavour for what the course entails.
Sara caught up with HND student Stephen Parker who talked her through the workings of a Sony FS7 camera and NIFTS graduate and SERC's new Media Technician, Angie Eadie, who told Sara about her journey from mother of four young children back into education via NIFTS and a whole new career in the film and television industry. Angie also freelances as a sports camerawoman and has spent the past two years filming the Belfast Giants' home games at the SSE Arena.
The Northern Ireland Film & Television School is based at SERC’s Bangor Campus. It offers a part-time HNC and HND in Creative Media Production. NIFTS provides first class training from industry experts, preparing students for work in the film and television industry via a mixture of lectures, workshops, master classes, industry placements and production residentials. It attracts a diverse range of applicants each year from school leavers with an A-level in Moving Image Arts to mature students that are seeking to change career.
The two-days a week delivery offers students a flexible approach, allowing them to balance existing work and family commitments while also helping accommodate those that are already working in the independent production sector but want to broaden their skills.
This year’s production residentials saw the HNC students filming documentaries in the Mournes while the HNDs produced a Short Drama in the hills overlooking Marbella.
Part-time fees are approx. £900, payable in instalments, while those applicants that don’t have an existing qualification higher than an A-Level or Level 3 may be eligible for full funding, equating to the first two years of a degree for free.
For more information please contact Alison Thompson via email at ALThompson@serc.ac.uk