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BAFTA SCHOLARSHIPS The deadline for applications to the BAFTA Scholarship programme is fast approaching. Develop looks into what successful applicants could gain and catches up with a few previous BAFTA Scholarship winners


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he deadline for the annual BAFTA Scholarship programme is fast approaching, with just one week left to apply (UK – Monday 12th June 2017 / China & Hong Kong – Friday 9th June 2017). As part of their Learning and New Talent initiative, BAFTA awards three UK nationals ‘Prince William Scholarships’ to support postgraduate study in film, television or games. Each BAFTA Scholar will receive up to £12,000 towards their annual course fees, as well as mentoring support from a BAFTA member and free access to BAFTA events around the UK. Supported by Warner Bros., the successful applicants will additionally receive a short funded work placement within the Warner Bros. group of companies, access to a Warner Bros. mentor, and invitations to a series of industry masterclasses. Applicants can choose from a list of eligible courses on the BAFTA Scholarship website (courses are required to have received an accredited Creative Skillset ‘tick’ in order to qualify for consideration). These include specific game courses such as, MProf in Computer Games Development (University of Abertay Dundee), MSc Music and Sound for Film and Games (University of Hertfordshire) and MSc Games Programming (Tech Path) (University of Hull). Successful applicants from previous years include Liz Mercuri who has just started a role as educational evangelist at Unity and Sam Browne, co-founder of brand new Londonbased indie studio ‘Three Knots’. Scholar Sam Browne believes his experience with the BAFTA Scholarship programme has been responsible for helping drive his current studio. “The Scholarship has changed my life in numerable ways. I

would not have met my business partner if I hadn’t been able to attend the school,” says Sam Browne, MA in Game Design & Development (The National Film & Television School). Liz Mercuri agrees: “I quite simply wouldn’t be in the awesome position that I am in without the scholarship. I met my current boss through my BAFTA Mentor and the scholarship, through masterclasses and networking events, gave context to my studies,” says Liz Mercuri, MSc Computer Game Software Development (Sheffield Hallam University). Similarly, Scholar Sam Hughes found the connections he made through the programme to be invaluable: “Due to the scholarship, I was able to network with fantastic

people within the games industry and I have gotten more work and contacts through the events and initiatives run by the programme. I was on set for Kingsman: Secret Service with my awesome BAFTA mentor Simon Hayes. I managed to sit in on sessions and screenings at De Lane Lea, thanks to my WB mentor Helen Alexander. I worked a placement at Tt Games for 3 months after my course, I went to the Edge of Tomorrow premiere and the San Andreas premiere, which were awesome. After that I could tie almost every opportunity back to my scholarship.” says Sam Hughes, MSc Post Production with Sound Design (University of York). “Being an outsider without industry contacts makes it impossible to break into the entertainment industry. The


BAFTA Scholarship made it happen,” says Bradley Morgan Johnson, MA Moving Image & Sound (Norwich University of the Arts). As part of BAFTA’s more recent focus on global links, prospective applicants can also now apply to study at institutions in China and Hong Kong. Supporting UK-Asia cross-cultural exchange, the programme offers British nationals the opportunity to study in China or Hong-Kong and gives Chinese nationals the chance to study as an international student in the UK. Successful applicants to the China/ Hong Kong Scholarship programme receive financial support for course fees and overseas living expenses, as well as mentoring from industry pros and access to BAFTA events. Be sure to apply before the deadline. ▪ JUNE 2017

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Develop 183 June 2017  

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