New North Somerset Creative Campus for Nailsea

New creative courses are on offer for sixth form students at Nailsea School.

New creative courses are on offer for sixth form students at Nailsea School. - Credit: Archant

A creative campus has been created at Nailsea School offering new courses to students and links into art and media industries.

Nailsea School and boomsatsuma have teamed up to run the North Somerset Creative Campus at the school’s sixth form.

It is the first of the kind in the area and the new partnership will give students the chance to study applied creative courses including creative media production, professional acting and games virtual reality (VR) and visual effects (VFX).

The diplomas can be taken alongside other courses such as A-levels and are the equivalent to 1.5 A-levels.

An extended diploma in creative media production, which is based part-time at the Curzon cinema studio, is also on offer for those students who would like a full time course equivalent to three A-Levels.

Headteacher Dee Elliott said: “By creating the North Somerset Creative Campus together with boomsatsuma we are giving post 16 students an effective way to enter a dynamic and interesting industry - an industry that Bristol is renowned for internationally.

“Our students will be able to use these courses to gain vital experience, build relationships and network with these unique business partnerships, making our students some of the most employable in the area.”

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The courses will be primarily based at Nailsea School sixth form and students will have access to other organisations in the industry.

boomsatsuma has ties with leading applied creative centres including the Bottle Yard TV and Film Studios, The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Ashton Gate Media Centre and Bristol’s creative and digital hub at the Engine Shed.

Directors Mark Curtis and Stuart Wood from boomsatsuma said: “Our courses are designed to prepare students for the working world.

“The creative industries are a prime export for Bristol, which secured UNESCO city of film in 2017.

“Our courses directly feed into the creative industries, which includes the exciting addition of gaming VR and VFX.

“We look forward to working alongside Nailsea sixth form in helping students realise their potential and their aspirations.”

Students can find out more at the sixth form’s open evening on November 22.