Leeds School of Arts

Broadcast Media Technologies Students benefit from long-running partnership with BBC Introducing

The long-running partnership between Leeds Beckett University and the BBC Introducing project has provided our students with numerous opportunities to work with up and coming artists over the past few years.
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At the start of this year, Broadcast Media Technologies students led by senior lecturer Ashley Dean, collaborated across the school with Music Production’s Bob Brazill to shoot a pilot music TV show, in partnership with Bob's label Monomyth Records. 

It was a cross-level collaboration on the Broadcast Media Technologies course and covered a range of skills for the students, such as Live Event Coverage, Studio Broadcast and Post-Production. Around 20 students have been involved at some point in the project so far and 10 students worked on the shoot and the edit of the TV show. Students helped film the show then spent a few weeks taking part in class editing clubs where they would all work on different elements of post-production, such as constructing sequences, colour grading, and adding animated effects. 

The show aims to showcase the best of the independent Leeds Music scene and all the industries that surround it. The students will be shooting more live performances in the future, but also making short documentaries about poster artists, gig venues, fans, and artists. 

Experiences, like the BBC Introducing project, are key on the Broadcast Media Technologies Course as experiential learning is embedded into most of the modules and the course tries to offer as many external opportunities such as this when it can. Students tend to learn much more by doing than they can by reading or watching videos on the theory behind how things get made. Group work is a massive part of the course and students get a lot out of it from the University. The industry partners often inform the tutors that the ability to work well in groups is their number one skill they look for in graduates. 

Ashley Dean, senior lecturer said, “ It's been a great partnership working with the BBC Introducing project, the students get a real hands-on experience from it and their staff are often only a few years older than our students, so it’s great for the students to see what kind of jobs they might be able to be in when they graduate.”

Charlotte Tomaney, a student involved in the project said, "I really enjoyed the BBC introducing project. Not only was it a great experience working with a company like the BBC, but it was also great to work on a music show as it’s different to anything I’d done before. Working with real clients gave great first-hand experience on what working in the industry could be like and a good idea of how a producer might work in the industry. I really loved being able to work with different year groups, I hadn’t met many of the people in other years on my course and now I feel the course is a lot closer because of this project."

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