From photography to television production, four undergraduate and one postgraduate degree at the University of Gloucestershire have been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick, the industry kite mark of quality.

The courses have been rigorously assessed against strict industry criteria, and the award can help potential students, parents, employees and freelancers make informed decisions about their studies while focusing industry funding and support.

BA (Hons) Photography-Editorial and Advertising, BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography, BA (Hons) Television Production, BA (Hons) Film Production and MA Visual Communications have been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick, the industry kite mark of quality, following a rigorous assessment process by experts working in the creative industries. The Broadcast Journalism Training Council, which is recognised by Creative Skillset, already accredits the BA (Hons) Journalism course.

The Creative Skillset Tick is awarded to practice-based course which best prepare students for a career in the industry.

The University is part of the Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Skillset Media Academy, which aims to deliver the right people with the right skills to the right jobs in the media and creative industries in the region.

Anne Dawson, Head of School (Media) at the University of Gloucestershire said: “We are delighted that Creative Skillset has recognised the quality of our courses, our very strong ties with the media industry and how well our graduates do in their careers. We have a fantastic team here and a wealth of prestigious supporters from across the industry who regularly visit and advise and inspire our students.”

The Creative Skillset Tick is awarded to courses and apprenticeship provision that has been throughout assessed against strict industry criteria. It is the quality mark for employer approved provision in the Creative Industries

About the University of Gloucestershire

The University of Gloucestershire gained official university status in 2001 but has existed as an educational establishment for nearly 200 years. Our heritage lies in the Mechanics Institutes of the 1830s, with our Francis Close Hall campus founded in 1847 as the Cheltenham Training College.

Today, we have three thriving campuses, Francis Close Hall and The Park in Cheltenham, and Oxstalls in Gloucester, which are occupied by approximately 10,000 students. In 2010, the University invested £5 million in teaching facilities including a new, state-of-the-art media and art and design studios.

The University of Gloucestershire delivers approximately 100 undergraduate course choices including accounting, law, business and management, fine art, TV production, humanities, leisure and tourism, social work and education plus and a diverse range of postgraduate and research degrees, and professional courses.

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Source: University of Gloucestershire