Newry’s aspiring young creatives urged to check out new Screen Academies website

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Wednesday, August 19th, 2020
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A new online resource to guide young people into a career in the screen industries has been launched by Northern Ireland’s Creative Learning Centres.


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The Screen Academies website ( highlights industry-led courses to train young people for jobs in areas such as film-making, animation, games development, and set design.



Applications are currently open for 16-19-year-olds not attending or enrolled at university for the BFI Film Academy, Games Development Academy and the second phase of the Foundation Academy for Animation.

Speaking to Newry Times, Jennifer McAlorum, Screen Academies Manager at Nerve Belfast Creative Learning Centre, said, “These are exciting opportunities for young people to get hands-on training in the creative industries, to meet like-minded people, network, and learn from industry professionals.

Introducing new talent

“Our ultimate goal for the Academies is to introduce new local talent to the sector,” she added.

The website features six Screen Academies including the BFI Film Academy, Games Development, Foundation Academy for Animation, Visual Effects, Production Design and Film Construction.



Website visitors can apply for courses and view work by previous students.

They can also access profiles of the industry professionals who deliver the Academy training sessions and are drawn from Northern Ireland’s growing screen sector.

Exciting opportunity

Richard Williams, Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Screen, said, “We want more young people coming into this exciting industry.

“The Academy model is specifically designed to give them real, hands-on experience with award-winning and extremely successful companies who are already working across Film & TV, Animation, Gaming and VFX,” he added.



The Screen Academies are delivered by Northern Ireland’s three Creative Learning Centres: Nerve Belfast, Nerve Centre and AmmA Centre.

The Screen Academies are supported by the Department of Communities through Northern Ireland Screen, and part-funded by the BFI and Belfast Harbour.

The Screen Academies based in Belfast are further supported by Flax Arts Studio management of Havelock House. 


Tall Paul Marketing, Freelance Northern Ireland Copywriter, Blog Writer, Content Writer, Blog Writer, Content Writer


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