These guidelines are designed to provide guidance for courses that will be applying for ScreenSkills Select endorsement or renewing their existing endorsement during the academic year 2019/20. It gives information on the criteria, application and assessment process, the timelines and the people involved.
The guidelines provide information about the criteria and application and assessment process. Once you’ve read these guidelines, in conjunction with the application form, please contact ScreenSkills Select with any questions and to talk through your own individual course application.
ScreenSkills Select Team
t: 020 7713 9800
Please read these guidelines in conjunction with the ScreenSkills Select application form 2019/20.
ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based creative industries - animation, film, games, television including children's TV and high-end drama, VFX and immersive technology. We work across the whole of the country to ensure that UK screen has access now, and in the future, to the skills and talent needed for continued success. As part of our remit we work with undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational courses that supply talent to the screen industries. ScreenSkills Select endorses and enhances screen courses that develop industry-ready students and industry-leading professionals. Each course undergoes a rigorous assessment by industry professionals in order to be ScreenSkills Select endorsed.
The aims of ScreenSkills Select endorsement are to:
To qualify for ScreenSkills Select endorsement, courses must have:
All courses must:
Precise timelines for the below stages will be agreed with course leaders following the submission of the Expression of Interest form.
As outlined above, at the application stage courses are asked to submit an application form along with some supporting evidence.
The application form should be self-explanatory, but please contact the ScreenSkills Select team at any point for advice and guidance if unsure. It requires narrative answers against the employer engagement criteria below and tabled information on graduate/leaver employment rates, work experience, staff experience, staff/student ratios, lists of industry input as well as cohort profiles (application/enrolment/retention numbers and diversity information).
The list of supporting evidence below consists of all the additional mandatory information that we need in addition to the application form. In exceptional circumstances additional pieces of information can be submitted by the applicant but these should be discussed with the ScreenSkills Select team in advance.
Course Content and Structure:
Course Monitoring and Development:
Facilities and Equipment:
For those courses that produce actual artefacts (e.g. set design, production design etc.) – only digital images/videos should be provided to support the application at the first stage. A sample of actual artefacts could then be presented to the Industry panel. For courses submitting games or digital student work, the application form requires you to detail any specialist software industry evaluators will need in order to view the material (e.g. engines, 3D models, specialist video).
We require an electronic copy of your application and supporting materials:
The application must clearly reference the provided supporting evidence. ScreenSkills Select may reject any applications which do not comply with the submission recommendations, in which case it will need to be returned to the applicant un-assessed for re-formatting and referencing.
If you have any questions about this Policy or concerning your personal information please contact ScreenSkills, Data Protection Officer(s) at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by post to Data Protection Officer, ScreenSkills, 94 Euston Street, London, NW1 2HA.
The ScreenSkills Select endorsement criteria outline the standards of excellence required by employers to produce graduates who are creative and highly skilled in their specialisation. They also highlight the necessary professional skills to enter the industry, including entrepreneurship, leadership skills, awareness of ethical, legal, and compliance issues. The criteria define the outcomes of course design, curriculum and delivery that will meet these challenges and needs as follows:
The following criteria which is assessed at each stage of the process is designed to enable courses to demonstrate how they have a specific focus towards:
The ScreenSkills Select application form will take you through each section of the criteria and provide you with guidance on how to submit evidence that your course meets the criteria.
Criterion: Provide evidence of successful progression of students into or towards the screen industries.
Criterion: Demonstrate that student work produced on the course is appropriate for the level of the course and the discipline.
Criterion: Demonstrate effective and fair recruitment, selection and training procedures to increase participation from students from diverse backgrounds who wish to embark upon or further develop careers in the screen industries, and to encourage the development of appropriate behaviours and attitudes for working positively in a diverse setting.
Criterion: Demonstrate close links and interaction with the screen industries
Criterion: Ensure that all practice staff have credibility as practitioners and are up to date with contemporary industry practices.
Criterion: Provide a track record in high quality education relevant to the screen industries.
Criterion: Have resources which will enable students to practise their skills in environments which reflect screen industry practice.
Many thanks for your interest in ScreenSkills Select. We feel that it’s important to tell you exactly what we charge and what you get in return, making the whole process open, honest and easy to understand.
If you are interested in endorsement of vocational or further education courses, please contact email@example.com for information on fees.
All fees detailed here are exempt from VAT charges.
Fees consist of a Stage 1: Application fee and Stage 2: Industry panel presentation fee followed by a rolling annual monitoring and support fee.
Stage 1: Application/Re-endorsement fee
The application/re-endorsement fee of £605 incorporates a review of your application form and submitted evidence to help us make an initial, desk-based assessment and decision on whether or not to progress to a Stage 2 Industry panel presentation. This is a one off and non-refundable fee.
The Industry panel fee of £2,394 incorporates the Stage 2 panel meeting, which will make a decision as to whether or not the course can be endorsed, as well as subsequent access to ScreenSkills Select benefits. This is a one off and non-refundable fee.
The total application fee therefore totals at £2,999.
For institutions wishing to submit multiple applications/re-endorsements we offer a discount (applicable for Stage 2 fees only) ranging from 10% for 2 courses to a maximum of 40% for 5 or more courses.
For institutions submitting one course:
For institutions submitting two courses:
Institutions submitting two courses receive 10% discount off the endorsement fee.
For institutions submitting three courses:
Institutions submitting three courses receive 20% discount off the endorsement fee.
For institutions submitting four courses:
Institutions submitting four courses receive 30% discount off the endorsement fee.
For institutions submitting five courses:
Institutions submitting five courses receive 40% discount off the endorsement fee.
The 40% discount applies to five courses or more.
NB: If you would like to further discuss arrangements for multiple applications/re-endorsements, please contact the ScreenSkills Select Team directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to the discount package for multiple courses, ScreenSkills can offer a staggered payment plan in regard to the Stage 2 Industry panel fees. If this is something you would like to discuss please contact a member of the ScreenSkills Select team at email@example.com
A course annual monitoring fee of £980 per annum contributes towards the costs of monitoring and support, including a course annual review meeting with an evaluator and benefits to help you enhance your course with regular industry engagement. This fee will only be charged if the course is successfully endorsed. Course leaders are requested to submit an online course annual monitoring form in March each year, at which point the course annual monitoring fee is invoiced in year two, three and four of the course endorsement period.
At the end of the 4-year endorsement cycle, courses can apply for re-endorsement by following Stages 1 and 2 above. The ScreenSkills Select team will notify you well in advance of when your endorsement is due to be renewed.
Support visits are offered to provide extra guidance and advice to a course either prior to the endorsement application, or in addition to the monitoring visits once a course is endorsed. Please contact ScreenSkills Select team at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss this option.
The fee for an appeal is £250. All fees for appeals are refundable if the appeal is upheld.
At each stage, we cannot process your application until payment has been received unless a staggered payment plan has been agreed. Once your application has been submitted, we will send you an invoice. Please forward payment to ScreenSkills. The preferred method of payment is via BACS upon receipt of a sales invoice but cheques will be accepted. All payments are non-refundable. Please email email@example.com for more information.
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