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University invests in industry standard film sets

The University of Salford has invested in a new space for film students to use industry standard sets.

Based in the Newton Building on its Peel Park campus, the university has repurposed a former Aeronautics Hall, with 4 film sets, dressed with props donated from Creative England.

The sets consist of a pub, a street scene complete with car and phone box, a living room with a kitchenette and a separate bedroom and hallway set.

“With the film sets now built, our programme is continuing to go from strength to strength. According to Data HE, we are market leaders in the programme that we offer and the results that we get and I think our competitors will be hard-pressed to catch up with us now that we’ve got these facilities,” said Debra Prinselaar, Director of Film and Broadcast Media at the University of Salford.

“It enhances an already successful programme and if anything, makes it even more attractive to future students. It’s a stepping stone to even greater things.”

The sets were built by university staff alongside specialist set construction company Take 1 Scenic building.

“When we first visited the site, it was clear that a lot of work was needed to make it a workable space. However, we could see beyond the clutter and imagine what it could offer to our students and how exciting it would be for them to have an industry standard space,” added Thomas Kirby, Programme Lead for BA Film Production.

“This space is transformative in terms of what we can now do for our teaching. Our students will get the sense of what it is like to work in industry rather than trying to simulate this in the classroom.

“They will get the chance to really grow here, try out new ideas and understand how to use the spaces properly so when they step out into industry, they’ll be ready to go with all this experience in their pocket.”

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