Edinburgh Skillset Screen and Media Academy (ESSAMA)

Project information

Index: 0003R1
Acronym:Creative Growth
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Location UNITED KINGDOM SCOTLAND Start/End date of the practice
Start: In 2005

Topic of the practice

Creative collaborations - education and industry collaboration (Support to SME's)

Good Practice Information

Edinburgh Skillset Screen and Media Academy (ESSAMA) is one of only two dual status Skillset Screen & Media Academies in the UK, and the only one with this status in Scotland. The Academy provides education and training courses. Undergraduate programmes include undergraduate film, photography, journalism and television. Postgraduate programmes are available on screenwriting, production and direction.Short courses, public screenings and Continuing Professional Development workshops and events are also provided in the Academy Production Centre making it a busy hub, catering for industry professionals and the film-going public as well as student filmmakers across both institutions. ESSAMA also provides Continuing Professional Development courses for practitioners.
Main innovative feature: ESSAMA provides education and training and has developed several mechanisms to help students and professionals network. In particular, ESSAMA has run a “creative collaboration” scheme to foster collaboration between students and graduates and the industry.

Evidence of success

ESSAMA is a successful example of creative collaborations and interaction between education and industry-focused CCI's, for example with the programme of Professional Practice development to support student and graduate professional development through interaction with working industry professionals.Since launching in July 2005, Screen Academy Scotland has helped over 200 writers, directors, producers and animators to make their mark on the page, on the set and on the screen with a string of festival screenings, awards and commissions.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Michelle Marcoux

Edinburgh Napier University



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