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Over the last 4 years, the University Of The West Of Scotland has hosted regular Weds Afternoon collaboration workshops  in our TV studios at UWS Ayr. 

In that time over 400 participants, the majority of them International Students from countries all over the world have participated in the workshops. These student volunteers have collaborated together to record, edit and present the work of the BA(Hons) Contemporary Screen Acting Degree students . 

Full details of the StudioLab process can be found here  

I am pleased to announce that next Wednesdays StudioLab will be the 100th session . We will have a film crew down to record events . Look out for details of how we plan to celebrate our 100th Birthday . 



Contemporary Screen Acting Students in our recent Rail Safety  project 


In schools and colleges all over the country, students interested in the Performing Arts are thinking about what their next step should be.
There have been lots of exciting developments in the performance subject area  at University Of The West Of Scotland in the past year.
We have formed a teaching partnership with the Gaiety Theatre in Ayr.
We have brought BA (Hons)Musical Theatre in-house to our £81 million campus in Ayr.
We have a brand new Technical Theatre Degree delivered through our partnership with the Gaiety .
Most importantly, all our Performance-based degrees are now 3 year Honours with entry levels at second year (Level 8) as well as third year (level 9).
All degrees require an audition, but students can apply to the courses in second year with :

3 Advanced Highers BCC or plus English at Higher level and Maths at Standard Grade 3 or above, National 4 or Intermediate 2.
3 A levels BBC or
An HNC (120 points) or
A B Tec 4 or
Intermediate 2 or
An International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points.

All our degrees also have a level 9 entry with an HND or equivalent to our DRAMA UK recognised degrees.

With all this expansion, we want the best students to come to UWS Ayr. Every year , more and more students apply through UCAS, and the standard of work and quality of candidates is increasing.

Two of our students from Edinburgh College, Emily Barr and Jennie Walker have made a short video about life at UWS.
If you have any contacts at your old college or know of any British or Overseas students who might be interested in a 3 year honours degree, please share this post with them so that they can get an idea of what it’s like being a student at UWS Ayr.

Also, here are the links for anyone of your friends or relatives who may be specifically interested in our 3 years honours degrees.

BA(Hons) Musical Theatre
http://www.uws.ac.uk/ba-musical-theatre/

BA(Hons) Performance
http://www.uws.ac.uk/ba-performance/

BA(Hons) Contemporary Screen Acting
http://www.uws.ac.uk/ba-cont-screen-acting/

BA(Hons) Technical Theatre (subject to validation)
http://www.uws.ac.uk/sp…/technical_theatre_(3rd_year_entry)/

Please feel free to share this and spread the word to your old colleges , colleagues or friends. If you think that your old college would like a visit from UWS staff to talk to students, then please let us know too.
Any questions, email stuart.hepburn@uws.ac.uk


 

Celebrated Scottish actor David Hayman visited University of the West of Scotland’s Ayr Campus recently to take part in the UWS collaborative creative industries project, StudioLab.

StudioLab is an ongoing project where students from all the University’s programmes related to the Creative Industries collaborate together to create recorded work and closely replicates the work of the professional Creative Industries, where teams of different disciplines get together to create a final product.

Hayman was at the University’s state-of-the-art recording studios at its Ayr Campus on 11 March to record a live Q&A session with third year Contemporary Screen Acting and Performance students .

David Hayman, the founder of SpiritAid  urged acting students to “follow their dreams” when he visited the Campus. He enthralled the audience for over an hour telling them of his humble beginnings in the business, right up to recent work with Oscar Winners Michael Fassbender and Marilyn Cotillard.

David Hayman commented: “I was completely knocked over by the talent and enthusiasm of the students and the outstanding preforming and recording facilities at UWS in Ayr. I am already planning my next visit to follow up the wonderful work being done at UWS Ayr.”

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The Photo above was taken by UWS Student Oliver Karaschewski .

It was an inspirational experience for students and staff which we recorded and will publish on our School Vimeo site.

Visits like these are an invaluable part of the process of the students gaining the skills, confidence and insights to enter the professional arena and we are planning more of these for the future. Watch this space for details.


StudioLab is a unique crossover project which allows University Of The West Of Scotland  students from across  all programmes in the School Of Creative & Cultural Industries  to collaborate together to create a live recorded TV Programme.

Over the past  7 weeks, as part of their CSA Research Project, 4th Year Contemporary Screen Acting Students have been tasked with creating a 30-45 minute piece of TV Drama. They are devising , workshopping ,  and will finally  record this programme  live on Weds 11th December.

To do this requires the support and help of students from other programmes to chronicle and record the work. We will be continuing with StudioLab next Trimester at UWS so  if you are a student in the UWS School Of Creative & Cultural Industries and are Image interested in taking part as a Designer, Producer, Director, Runner, Camera Operator, Musician, Digital Artist, Screenwriter or whatever your chosen specialism may be, please come along to our first meeting.

Every Weds, 1.30 PM TV Studio 1, UWS Ayr.

Please email me at StudioLab@uws.ac.uk to book a place.


I am very proud to announce that the Student’s Association of the University Of The West Of Scotland last night awarded me the accolade of their 21st Century Teaching Award. This is voted for by students across the 4 UWS Campuses to recognise innovation in teaching and the use of the new technologies. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the students who voted for me.

I would also like to thank my colleagues within the Performance team at UWS , including Dr John Quinn, Jane Robertson, Jo Ronan, Dr David Overend, Martin McCardie, Michael Hines, Ashley Cowie, Keith Bird and Jamie Hare for their continued help and support. Many thanks to all.

21st Century Teaching & Harris Tweed.

21st Century Teaching & Harris Tweed.


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BAFTA MASTERCLASS: LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU     

THURSDAY 18 APRIL

CCA, 6.30PM

Tickets £5 from CCA Box Office

 

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Do you want to work in TV entertainment?  Are you interested in hearing how some of the biggest hits in UK television were devised?  Get the inside track on how to create and produce award winning TV entertainment with a panel made up of the cream of British television production – Andrew Newman, David Flynn and Karen Smith.

 

Andrew Newman started as a runner on The Big Breakfast before going on to produce The Word and Brass Eye.  In 1998 he became Entertainment Commissioner at Channel 4, overseeing shows like TFI Friday and Da Ali G Show. After a stint at Five, he returned to C4 as Head of Comedy & Entertainment, commissioning 8/10 CatsPeep Show and The Inbetweeners. He joined Objective Productions in 2009 and became Chief Executive in 2011.

David Flynn became joint Managing Director of Remarkable Television in September 2009, after taking over Brighter Pictures in 2007. Most recently, David created and executive produced hit game show The Million Pound Drop Live (Channel 4), and was involved in the show’s international roll out. He also co-created and executive produced daytime hit Pointless (BBC Two), Seven Days On the Breadline (ITV1) and Divided (ITV1).

Karen Smith started as a Day Producer on This Morning, going on to become Editor.  She then joined Endemol, helping to launchComic Relief Does Fame Academy (BBC 1).  In 2004, she joined BBC Entertainment and was the Co-Devisor and Executive Producer of Strictly Come Dancing, one of the biggest entertainment formats in the world.  In 2009, Karen joined Shine and became Joint Managing Director, before starting Tuesday’s Child in 2012.

BAFTA Scotland

249 West George Street, Glasgow G2 4QE

T +44 (0)141 302 1770

F +44 (0)141 302 1771

www.bafta.org/scotland


 Scottish actress Blythe Duff recently visited Contemporary Screen Acting students at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) and took  part in the ongoing StudioLab collaboration project.

Blythe was visiting the studios to record excerpts of Scottish Poetry which will soon be seen on the Infinite Scotland website. Blythe then followed her recording session with a Question and Answer session chaired by UWS Student Natalie Smith, where she answered student  queries on the subject of contemporary screen acting. The entire process was recorded by UWS students and will be edited by the UWS technical team of   Jamie Hare and Keith Bird  and placed online soon.

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Blythe Duff with UWS Filmmaking student Elsi Vehkaniemi.

Blythe said: “I had a fantastic time with the students at UWS. I had no idea that the studio facilities at UWS Ayr were so advanced.The whole StudioLab project where students collaborate with one another across programmes is exactly what the professional business is really like.  I will definitely be back in the future to see how their work is progressing   and wish them all the very best ”

The University’s BA (Hons) Performance, BA (Hons) Contemporary Screen Acting and BA (Hons) Musical Theatre programmes were among the first in the UK to achieve Drama UK Recognition – a New Level of Quality Assurance for Drama Training Providers. This recognition  offers students and their future employers assurance that a course with this award has been through a rigorous assessment including a visit from a panel of industry experts to ensure that it delivers what it promises and provides a real benefit to the industry.

Tutors at UWS are committed to giving students an authentic experience of the contemporary creative industries practice, and structured workshops and visits by practitioners such as Blythe Duff are an essential part of that process.

For more information on Contemporaray Screen Acting at UWS, please click here.

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Very Important day today at UWSAyr in Scotland as it’s the first day of Auditions for the 2013/14 BA(Hons) Contemporary Screen Acting cohort. Drama UK recognition has meant a record-breaking year for candidate numbers ! Good luck to all applicants http://vimeo.com/m/41604817


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James Alexander, Sonja Crisp and Dan Jarvis MP at the Launch of Aesthetica Film Festival (time-4-change.org.uk)

ASFF 2013 Now Open for Entries

An  exciting opportunity for  students at University of the West of Scotland. Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2013 is now open for entries, and they would love to hear from Film students at University of the West of Scotland!

They are looking for films of 25 minutes and under to screen at ASFF 2013: an innovative international film festival that presents a fantastic opportunity for University of the West of Scotland students.

ASFF 2013 is a unique chance for budding filmmakers to connect with new, worldwide audiences and interact with some of the biggest personalities in the film industry today. Over 200 films will be screened at this unique event, in 15 iconic locations across the historic city of York from 7-10 November 2013. It’s a fantastic opportunity for  students to showcase their work in an impressive setting to an international audience. High profile ASFF attendees in 2012 included representatives from Warp, BAFTA, Channel 4 and Raindance.

In addition to great exposure at the festival, the Winner will receive £500 among other prizes and screenings at a number of other UK festivals; the People’s Choice Winner will receive £250. A shortlist of finalists will be included on the ASFF Sampler DVD, which will be distributed with the December 2013 issue of Aesthetica Magazine, the international arts and culture publication. Finalists will also be included in an editorial feature in the magazine, which has a worldwide audience of 140,000.

 

They’ve already had a great response from a range of organisations and filmmakers, both nationally and internationally, and ASFF 2013 is set to be their best yet!

Click here to download a poster to be displayed or to request printed flyers please email Eva Helen here  eva@aestheticamagazine.com.

They are  happy to provide more information and images, so please get in touch.

Entry is £15 and the deadline for submissions is 31 May 2013. For more information, please visit www.asff.co.uk.

Eva Helen

PO Box 371
York

YO23 1WL

01904 479168

www.aestheticamagazine.com


I am copying this email from Bob Davidson, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Chamber Of Commerce.

Renfrewshire Chamber are delivering the Graduate Recruitment Incentive (GRI) – a Scottish Government incentive offering a £3K wage subsidy to Scottish based companies of 100 staff or less who create a new graduate level position

 

The graduates have to be 25 and under – they can come from anywhere in Scotland – must be a graduate

 

To help raise the profile of this amongst graduates and employers – we are hosting an event at my old alma mater – UWS Paisley (Paisley Tech when I was there – BABE ’90 grad)

 

The Chamber has a strong relationship with UWS – so I hope the University is pleased we are holding this event on campus ( thank you to those that have helped us organise the event to date)

 

There are other similar events taking place at the other UWS campus’s

 

More info on this free event (28/2 5-7pm in P block) is here – http://www.renfrewshirechamber.com/event-GraduateCareerZoneRecruitmentworkshop.asp

 

Purpose of this email is 2 fold:

 

1)      To create awareness & support for the event

2)      To ask you to share this with any recent graduates you know that are looking for work – simply forward them this email, encourage them to attend

Bob Davidson
Chief Executive
Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce

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