YEAR 11 students across the West Midlands are being invited to apply for a new academy specialising in film, TV, online and theatre production, which will open in Birmingham this September.
The latest addition to the BOA Group, BOA Stage & Screen Production is a state-funded academy for 16-19 year olds, based in central Birmingham. It will take an industry-led approach to developing the skills of young people who are passionate about working in the technical, production, administrative and management roles associated with the stage and screen industry.
Through partnerships with leading organisations across the worlds of broadcast media, production and theatre, the academy will provide students with access to high-quality teaching and hands-on experience in real-world settings, equipping young people with transferable skills and providing a stepping stone into work, apprenticeships or higher education.
Students will gain a deep and practical understanding of the stage and screen industry, and the processes involved in both creative and technical production and delivery, whilst working collaboratively on real productions and undertaking work placements.
BOA Stage & Screen Production sister school to BOA, the 14-19 academy specialising in Creative, Digital and Performing Arts, which opened in 2011. The BOA Group also owns and manages the Old Rep Theatre in Birmingham, and is set to open a new academy specialising in digital technologies in September 2022.
Gaynor Cheshire, CEO of the BOA Group, said: “BOA Stage & Screen Production will be the first 16-19 academy of its kind in the West Midlands, working in close partnership with the theatre, film and broadcast production industries to develop the workforce of the future.
“We have seen from the success of BOA over the past decade that developing a curriculum hand-in-hand with industry leaders has a transformational effect on our students’ education, their future learning and employment. BOA Stage & Screen Production’s vocational approach will provide a new opportunity for a diverse range of young people from across the region who are eager to learn and develop within a practical, focused and fulfilling environment.”
Dr Steve Ball, Principal of BOA Stage & Screen Production Academy, added: “We want to equip the next generation of creative talent with the knowledge and practical experience they need to excel in the technical and production aspects of the stage and screen industries.
“Every student who leaves BOA Stage & Screen Production will be ready and fully equipped to pursue their future career and enter the workplace. By studying the stage and screen sectors throughout their time at the academy, students will have a wide range of opportunities to find employment, apprenticeships or enter higher education – as well as using their transferable skills to enter broader areas of work, industry, training or additional study.
“In close collaboration with our industry partners, our focus will be to empower our students with the future-proof skills and training required to thrive in an everchanging and hugely rewarding industry.”
BOA Stage & Screen Production will offer 200 places to Year 12 students starting in September 2021, increasing to 400 places across Years 12 and 13 by September 2022.
Applications for BOA Stage & Screen Production are now open, and can be made via www.boa-stageandscreen.co.uk
If you would like more information on anything that you have read here on this website, then please contact us on the form below.