Recent examples of industry partnerships.
DVD production working with BroadcastLab
A team of students from Bath Spa University led by Creative Studies final year student Ryan Norman completed a promotional DVD for Sure Start South West Bath in Spring 2006. Sure Start is a national government initiative to improve the health and well being of families and children before and from birth, so children flourish at home and when they go to school. The local programme in Bath contacted Bath Spa University to enquire about whether there could be a role for it to play in the creation and production of a promotional DVD. The BroadcastLab lined up Ryan Norman who, as part of his final year Creative Enterprise project, worked closely with Sure Start throughout, building an effective relationship as project manager and client. Supervised by an industry professional and supported by technical and administrative support from Artswork, a highly professional end product was developed following an intensive film production process from storyboarding and filming through to composing and post-production.
Residencies with MusicLab
Renowned music producer John Parish (PJ Jarvey, Eels, etc) and surround sound guru Steve Parr were both resident in the MusicLab during May 2006. Parish ran an intensive three-day residency for which Commercial Music students prepared a number of demo recordings for production in the state-of-the-art recording studio environment Bath Spa has to offer. Parish’s approach – from re-recording the band through to mixing and mastering – provided core industry-relevant experience for students focusing on music production. Steve Parr, having won huge acclaim for his work in 5.1 audo and film projects, ran three workshops enabling students to participate in an increasingly popular and incredibly complex audio medium.
Industry projects with DesignLab
Real industry projects feature heavily in the portfolios of design students at Bath Spa University who explore a range of cutting-edge technologies including motion graphics, 3D graphics, interaction design and locative media. Recent projects include website development for the Holbourne Museum and the Museum of Costume, both located in Bath, and the development of public information systems, children’s educational games and an interactive information kiosk for paleontology displays at Cardiff Museum.
Extended placements with FashionLab
Two high profile fashion houses are currently working with Bath Spa University, having offered extended attachments to two of its students. Typically lasting for a finite period of time during the academic year or over a longer timeframe over the summer months. On this occasion, however, both placements have been extended over the start of the academic year, meaning the students will continue to work in an industry setting for the first six weeks of term. Recognising the importance of such a beneficial relationship, Artswork was quick to support such an initiative and will be looking to develop similar models in the future. Former Foundation Degree Rosie Gibson is attached to Alexander McQueen (London and Paris) and enters the BA (Hons) programme this year and Lucy Randleson, a BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles student, is attached to Stella McCartney (London).