ScreenSkills awards quality mark to 21 higher education courses

ScreenSkills has accredited 21 higher education courses in June 2019 as being of value to young people intent on working in the screen industries.

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The ScreenSkills quality mark - devised in consultation with industry and education   recognises courses within the UK that provide the most up-to-date and relevant industry skills and knowledge.

As part of the process, courses undergo rigorous assessment by industry experts. The quality mark assures employers that the students completing accredited courses have the skills industry requires from employees. At the same time, it signposts prospective students and their parents to industry-relevant courses, making employability after graduation more likely. The continuous review of industry engagement within curriculum design also helps higher education institutions enhance their curricula in line with ever-changing industry requirements.

The 21 courses that have been successful in the June accreditation round are located throughout the UK and cover subjects ranging from film directing and TV production, to character animation, VFX and motion graphics.

Industry evaluator Ben Cowell-Thomas, 3D generalist at the VFX and animation company DNEG, said of the process: “In a crowded field of education opportunities, and given the costs, it’s important that prospective students can understand which course provides the best employment opportunities after graduation... The fact that the accreditation process is ongoing, and that courses are re-evaluated, ensures that university courses keep pace with a rapidly evolving industry.”

Fellow industry assessor Michelle Stein, producer at Escape Films, added:When assessing courses via the ScreenSkills accreditation process I keep employability in mind. The primary question is: ‘Does it prepare students for entry into industry?’ For film this can be a complex question, as ‘industry’ can mean a lot of different things, so some discretion is needed… I find the ScreenSkills team very knowledgeable.”

We would like to congratulate the following courses for obtaining the ScreenSkills quality mark:

  • De Montfort University – BA (Hons) Game Art
  • Edinburgh College of Art – MFA/MA Film Directing
  • Edinburgh Napier University - MA Film
  • Edinburgh Napier University - MA Screenwriting
  • Edinburgh Napier University - BA (Hons) Television
  • Glasgow Clyde College - HNC/HND Creative Industries: TV
  • Nottingham Trent University - BA (Hons) Design for Film and Television
  • Solent University - BA (Hons) Television Production
  • Solent University - BA (Hons) Post Production for Film and Television
  • Solent University - BA (Hons) Television Studio Production
  • Teesside University - BA (Hons) Computer Character Animation
  • University of Gloucestershire - BA (Hons) Film Production
  • University of Gloucestershire – BA (Hons) Television Production
  • University of South Wales - BA (Hons) Computer Animation
  • University of South Wales - BA (Hons) Film
  • University of South Wales - BA (Hons) Visual Effects and Motion Graphics
  • University of Sunderland - MA Radio
  • University of the West of England - BA (Hons) Filmmaking
  • University of the West of England - MA Animation
  • University of York - BSc (Hons) Film and Television Production
  • University of York - MA Film and Television Production

A complete overview of courses that currently hold a ScreenSkills quality mark can be found here.

Institutions that are interested in accreditation can apply by 8 November 2019 to be included in the autumn/winter accreditation round, or by 24 April 2020 to participate in the spring accreditation round. For more information about the quality mark, please contact Victoria Trachy, Head of Vocational Skills at

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