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The Creative Skills Academy for Higher Education

The Creative Skills Academy for Higher Education

Helping Londoners get jobs in film, television, animation, visual effects and games

The GLA (Greater London Authority) Creative Skills Academy (one of four in the capital) is a partnership between Middlesex University, London Higher, Film London and the Capital City College Group.

We are proud to be part of this new initiative for the screen sector, which employs more than 211,000 people and has a turnover of £40 billion per year.

Our Creative Skills Academy for Higher Education connects and equips students and graduates who have traditionally been under-represented in the sector. We are helping them with opportunities for placements, work experience, employment and freelance work.

The demand for screen content has never been greater: this is creating thousands of jobs and a significant need for skills development, with 70% of the 24,000 businesses operating in London and the South East. The screen sector currently has an acute shortage of technical and general skills across all areas including production, post-production, animation, games, costume, hair and make-up as well as accounting, legal, set-building, electrics.

Vacancies exist at all levels from new entrant to management.

Support for getting into the screen sector

If you want to find out more about working in the screen sector, the Academy partners can provide information, careers advice and guidance and tailored employability workshops.

Whether you are thinking about starting your career in the screen sector and you are wondering what training and qualifications you need, you have just completed a university programme or are about to, you want to know how to set up as a freelancer or you are wondering whether the skills you acquired working in other disciplines such as business, finance, or legal, could be transferred, the Creative Skills Academy can help.

As part of the Academy, we have been working with London Higher, Film London’s Equal Access Network (EAN) and the Capital College Group (CCCG) to provide practical training which is directly linked with leading industry employers and vacancies.

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London Higher courses for students and graduates

We will be adding details of training courses to this page as they become available, so please do continue to check back. In the meantime, please sign up to our LinkedIn Group here, to find more information and resources.

In addition to these courses, our Academy partner Film London is running practical training that helps participants secure work in the Film & TV industry.

You can also find out about courses and services offered by our Creative Skills Academy partner the Capital City College Group.

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