St Martin’s Institute of Higher Education has signed an agreement with Birmingham Ormiston Academy, UK, to organise the Malta Film School in the spring of 2014, with two further repeats in autumn 2014 and spring 2015.

The Malta Film School will be an intensive, two-week, full-time boot camp, with a total of 20 students, 10 from St Martin’s Institute and 10 from Birmingham Ormiston Academy.

The school will be led by television journalist Nathan Dodzo who will be joined by four specialist lecturers from both institutions.

This initiative is being funded by UK-managed European Funds, and the school is supported by the Malta Film Commission.

The films will be produced, shot and edited on site. The role of St Martin’s Institute students and staff will be to introduce creative computing techniques to the development and the propagation of the resulting films.

St Martin’s Institute was selected as a partner in this project because of its achievements in the area of creative computing and St Martin’s Institute students will be selected from students reading for a BSc (Hons) in Creative Computing.

The Film School will provide further vocational exposure to the academic rigour already provided in moving imagery, sound, CGI and animation by St Martin’s Institute as part of the creative computing units in the degree.

Having Mr Dodzo leading this film school is an opportunity to strengthen the extracurricular programmes, complementing the annual Games Development Challenge, led by British expert Gareth Lewis.

St Martin’s Institute has always felt that its graduates must be educated holistically. The correct formula is to offer extensive and rigorous academic knowledge which is strengthened by meaningful practical assignments where students are asked to work in teams.

The Computing and Information Systems Department at St Martin’s Institute is in the process of setting up further focus groups schools, thus increasing the range of expertise of its graduates. The strength of the degree programmes offered at St Martin’s Institute stems from the fact that while students are offered the opportunity to specialise, they are still exposed to main subject areas. This formula has guaranteed an employability rate of over 90 per cent to students upon successful completion of their degree.

All degrees taught at St Martin’s Institute are conferred by the University of London. Students reading for University of London degrees may study at off-campus locations all over the world, such as St Martin’s Institute.

St Martin’s Institute students reading for University of London computer degrees have, year on year, achieved high classifications, with an average of half of the graduates attaining a First Class Honours.

St Martin’s Institute of Higher Education is recruiting students for courses starting in autumn.

For more information, call 2123 5451 or e-mail infodesk@stmartins.edu.

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