Lights and cameras for summer pupils

FVC Principal Dr Ken Thomson with all the students, staff and volunteers of the Creative Industries Summer School.
FVC Principal Dr Ken Thomson with all the students, staff and volunteers of the Creative Industries Summer School.
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Pupils from Falkirk were among those taking part in a special summer school giving an insight into film-making and the visual arts.

It was the result of a partnership between Forth Valley College and Creative Scotland and culminated in a celebration at the college’s Stirling Campus.

The summer school was aimed at fourth, fifth and sixth year pupils from the ForthValley area and ran over ten days in July.

Ali Warner (15), a pupil at Braes High School, said: “It has been amazing and I had a really good time. They don’t offer these types of classes at school and I think it has inspired me to go on to pursue a Creative Industries course in the future.

“I will definitely think about coming to Forth Valley College’s Stirling campus to study.”

The course was supported by Cashback for Communities through Creative Scotland’s Cashback for Creativity Programme.

The 24 participants had a taste of several disciplines including photography, art, sound production and produced short films and radio podcasts around the theme of the environment. 

Dr Ken Thomson, Forth Valley College principal, presented end of school certificates at the event. 

Gail English, media lecturer within the department of Creative Industries at Forth Valley College, said: “We wanted participants to recognise the wide range of exciting careers available in the Creative Industries and our programme touched on many different areas including film-making, editing, graphics, photography and art. 

Laura Black of Creative Scotland, said: ““We are delighted this has offered further opportunities for young people in the Forth Valley area to participate in two weeks of film making and visual arts activities. This summer school not only introduced young people to new courses and skills in the Creative Industries, it has also created a space to build confidence in young people to move onto further learning and training.”