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Wednesday 8 April 2015

FCI staff team up with international creative institutions

The Faculty of the Creative Industries (FCI) has been hard at work this year building relationships with some of the world’s most innovative and exciting creative institutions.

From South Korea to Spain, FCI’s course teams have been learning the latest tutoring techniques from across the world and encouraging cross-cultural collaboration with Southampton Solent University students back in the UK.

Southampton Solent students working with their colleagues from the Miami Ad School in Madrid

This kind of international outreach is a real benefit to the students here on campus, allowing them to embark on challenging joint projects and learn from the international students’ unique approach to the creative briefs they are set. Past collaborations have led to exciting outcomes including joint exhibitions, specialist international summer school programmes and guest lecturing from some of the world’s top creative talent.

Paul Marchbank was the latest member of FCI staff to embark on an international trip, visiting two South Korean media institutions to give talks and encourage partnership. He said this about his time there:

Paul Marchbank (second left) outside the Busan University of Foreign Studies

“I recently had the privilege of visiting Dong-Ah Institute of Media and Arts (DIMA) and Busan University of Foreign Studies (BUFS). Whilst both institutions are very different in their own ways, the thing which struck me about both was their dedication to aspire to the highest levels of education possible and, similarly, their desire to be at the forefront of technology.

“The latter was certainly clear at DIMA, where I encountered an incredibly impressive array of professional level equipment including three full sized film studios!

“These studios are rented out to South Korea’s professional film industry, creating both income for the institution and invaluable industry experience for the students.”

DIMA’s ‘studio 2’, a full size movie studio

“DIMA is a specialist media and arts institution and covers many of the same areas as Solent – Film, TV, Performance and Music. As such, we are exploring ways we could work together in the future to improve the skill-set of both institution’s students.

“The second institute I visited was the Busan University of Foreign Studies. This University also taught film and television, but is relatively new to the subject and is looking towards their students progressing to Solent’s film and television courses at level 5.”

An amphitheatre at Busan University of Foreign Studies

“Many of the students I met from both institutions are very excited about the prospect of coming to the UK and studying at Southampton Solent.”

To find out more about studying at Southampton Solent University, please visit ourcourse pages or contact the Ask Solent team.