Students in the Department of Arts and Media benefit in many ways from our professional relationships with the creative and cultural industries. They directly impact on the relevance of our course content, offer employer engagement opportunities and improve the future employability of our students.
As a result our students develop entrepreneurial skills and attitudes expected to succeed in the sector. For example, high-achieving graduates from the BA (Hons) Game Cultures course, Erlend Gresfrud, Kalli Karllson and Rohan Feldmesser, were all offered places on the LSBU Enterprise Associate Scheme which supports entrepreneurial students to explore and develop the commercial potential of their final year projects. Successful applicants receive financial, mentoring and training support.
Our staff are very active in their creative fields as practitioners, photographers, artists, DJs, film makers, and musicians. You'll find they also act as consultants and Board Members, ensuring that course curricula remains in tune and relevant to the employment market. Many staff are active in professional employer networks, including the Higher Education Advisory Panel, UK Film Council Educational Advisory Panel and Sector Skills Councils.
We have successfully secured collaborative grants and research funding and have worked with some of the capital's major art institutions. For example, we were awarded a major AHRC grant for Tate Encounters, a collaborative project with Tate Britain and Wimbledon College of Art. Our students and Tate employees explored the role that museums play in the lives of ethnic minority students.
LSBU is now the leading UK University for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), with an enviable track record established over 30 years. An ongoing KTP for the department involves a London-based media and communications company.
The department is working to create effective web-hosted video content through this Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP). Working with some of our arts and media academics, they have created a corporate film capability that is set to become their business's biggest income generator. It's anticipated that the KTP will allow the company to significantly reduce costs by relying less on 3rd party suppliers, increasing investment in the business, ensuring better quality control and giving them the opportunity to become even more competitive.
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LSBU is also a key player in the regional knowledge transfer programme, Knowledge Connect, funded by the London Development Agency and European Regional Development Fund. Knowledge Connect specialise in helping businesses develop new products, services and organisational processes to improve their efficiency and competitiveness. The Department of Arts and Media currently has projects with:
We make the most of being located in the centre of London by tapping into the city's creative and cultural industries. This enhances our student experience through guest speakers, visits, and practical or research projects.
Gaining entry into creative work requires graduates to be resourceful and willing to undertake placements to gain necessary experience. Students on our digital media courses have opportunities to undertake work placements, either on a voluntary basis or through project work. Recent placements have included BBC, British Film Institute, Buena Vista, Channel 4, Endemol, Mobix International, MySpace, Sega, Tiger Aspect and Universal Studios.