360 Panorama of the British Council's Great Creator, UK Graduate Show 2015 in Beijing. Taken by David Hilton.
360 Panorama of the British Council's Great Creator, UK Graduate Show 2015 in Beijing. Taken by David Hilton.

Creative media lecturer’s feminist punk game wins global award 

A feminist punk game created by creative media lecturer, Dr Hannah Wood and her studio Story Juice, has won a Global Women in Games 2022 Award for Best Representation of Women in a Video Game. 
The mobile augmented reality game, The Glass Ceiling Games, won the public vote celebrating the achievements of women and organisations working in the games industry all over the world. Story Juice is also a Games Award finalist in the Barclays Entrepreneur Awards 2022, and was a finalist in the Creative Technology category in the Tech South West Awards 2022.
“This recognition means so much to us as a small studio supporting the underrepresented voices and careers of women and marginalised genders in the games industry. The game emerged from my research into how to use game mechanics for storytelling and we’ve been delighted with the positive responses from players of all ages and genders.” Dr Hannah Wood

Danny Cooke: capturing the moment

“For the University of Plymouth to premiere my new film over 10 years after I graduated was a humbling experience, the reception and turnout was amazing! Looking back at their hospitality and interest in where I am today reminded me why I chose to take the course in the first place. The friendly lecturers and staff moulded my hobby as a casual artist and gave me all the tools needed to pursue a professional career as a filmmaker.”
Danny Cooke is a multi-award winning freelance film-maker who has worked with famous personalities including Tom Daley, Sir David Attenborough and Michael Morpurgo, and has created media for major clients like Sunspel Clothing, California Lottery, and Jameson Irish Whiskey. His 2014 film 'Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl' recorded the haunting landscape of the Chernobyl exclusion zone using a drone to show the area from the air for the very first time.
Danny Cooke

Bob and Marion

Cine Sisters SW, a collective of women working in film in Devon and Cornwall held its first awards ceremony in March at the Barn Cinema, Dartington. 
BA Creative Media and Filmmaking Associate Lecturer Amanda Bluglass was awarded 'Best Narrative Film' for the 5 minute short, Bob and Marion.
Co-directed by Callum Earnshaw, shot and edited by University of Plymouth alumnus and lecturer Danny Cooke, with additional camerawork by Callum, Matt Cranfield and Corey Milo, the film stars 80-year-old runners Bob and Marion Luker. Set across Dartmoor's epic landscape, it tells how a lifetime of running marathons has staved off depression and kept Bob from being "a grumpy old man". The film is threaded with their tales of extreme running, picking up personal bests and trophies along the way. 
Bob and Marion film poster

A Step In Time: Imperfect Cinema returns!

After a two-year hiatus, Imperfect Cinema returned for our inaugural ‘Home of Movies’ micro-cinema event A Step in Time! Many joined us for an evening of film and fun in the atmospheric surroundings of The Old Morgue Cafe.
The event featured bespoke programmes of short films made by First Year BA (Hons) Creative Media students in response to our Home of Movies project, the long-awaited return of the Open Reel (bring your films on a memory stick – 3 minutes or less) and of course Imperfect Cinema news (there’s lots!). Bringing the evening to a close was a special screening of our 2014 film Tamar with a wonderful score by The Imperfect Cinema Orchestra (now Imperfect Orchestra). 
Old Morgue, Plymouth 13 May 2022.
A step in time, Old Morgue 2022 Image credit: Imperfect Cinema
A step in time, Old Morgue 2022, Image credit: Imperfect Cinema

Cure The Climate

Featuring interactive workshops, exhibition pieces and a range of multimedia works the event by second year creative media students aimed to help spread awareness of issues relating to our planet such as climate change and ocean pollution. Students worked with Plymouth based Community Interest Company Fotonow to develop participatory work for a diverse audience.
Climate change is a serious issue we face and ocean pollution is something we hold very close to our hearts as residents of 'Britain’s Ocean City'. In recent years these issues have begun to feel overwhelming, so for our event we have decided to do things differently, to create a collection of work that shows climate change and ocean pollution in a new light so people can feel more positive about what they can do to make a difference.
Roland Levinsky Building Atrium, 6 May 2022, 14:00–17:00.
Benedict Wilson The Bottle 2022, Image credit: Ryan Cheetham Fotonow CIC
Benedict Wilson The Bottle 2022, Image credit: Ryan Cheetham Fotonow CIC

MyCareer Chatbot: Alexander Jones

The University of Plymouth’s careers team has recently introduced AI technology to the MyCareer app to increase the interactivity of their student support services. 
To promote this AI and its ‘chatbot’ feature, the careers team turned to final year Media Arts student Alexander Jones to create an engaging video to demonstrate the bot’s abilities, with support from the University's career service.
The project was hugely successful for both Alex and the careers service team. As a passionate creative, working on the video gave Alex a platform to apply his artistic skills to a professional project which he can use to expand his portfolio. 

Lonely Not Alone project

In stage two of the course, as part of the ‘social context’ module, students get the opportunity to work with a socially engaged partner organisation, charity or social enterprise – to make a real difference to communities. In 2021 creative media students have been involved the ‘Lonely Not Alone’ project where they worked with specialist co-production agency Effervescent and a group of vulnerable young people, to look at ways to beat the stigma of youth loneliness. The resulting national campaign ‘Lonely Not Alone’ reached almost seven million people, with 4,000,000 video views. 

The Lonely Not Alone project is a great example of how you can use your media skills, to make a positive difference to society. The fact that two students gained paid employment from the project was a real bonus.

Find out more about the project

Creative media project lonely not alone - campaign image for news page.
Image courtesy of the 'Lonely Not Alone' project

Meet Media Artist Jiaxin Wang

Jiaxin Wang will be exhibiting work at this year's Graduate Show.
“Learning media arts at the University of Plymouth has given me a different view of computer technology itself. I started to reconsider how new media changed people's life.”
The Graduate Show Class ’19
This year's show is packed with a spectacle of work including still and moving image, installation, VR, experimental, sound and other forms of inventive works. Set up, planned and curated by the students themselves, this final exhibition is the culmination of the skills, theories and practices explored whilst on the course. 

Media Arts' Annual Takeover 2019

See this year's exhibition dates below:

BUFFL – 8 May 2019
Stage two Media Arts, in collaboration with Effervescent, present their new app in an immersive exhibition at Radiant Gallery.
Full details

Label – 10 May 2019
Stage two Media Arts, in collaboration with Fotonow, present Label - a celebration of gender and sexual identity. This exhibition opens on 10 May at St Saviours.
Full details

BYOB vol. 1 – 15 May 2019
Stage one Media Arts are at the Old Morgue hosting Plymouth's first 'Bring Your Own Beamer' event. Come along to view or take part, it’s a public participatory event.
Full details

I am a label - media arts takeover 2019
Image courtesy of I am Label Plymouth

Media Arts winners at 2019 Royal Television Society Devon and Cornwall Student Awards

Congratulations to two of our Media Artists who won awards at the 2019 Royal Television Society Devon and Cornwall Student Awards. Love Island star and social media influencer Laura Crane hosted the ceremony, which was held at the Jill Craigie Cinema, University of Plymouth.
James Cox won the Craft Skill Award for Graphic Design with his film, How to be Funny. James graduated last year from Media Arts and is now enjoying employment with TwoFour.
James Cox Media arts
Simon Cohen Media Arts
Credit: Gavin McCrae
Simon Cohen won the Short Form award for his film 'Becoming the Medium', which he created in his second year. With dissertation complete, Simon is currently working on his latest work which will premier at this years Graduation Show.
This is eight years in a row that Media Arts students have won RTS awards.  

Media Arts at Illuminate Light Festival

Artist and Media Arts Associate Lecturer, Rachael Allain's film/installation Epipelagic Drifters was shown for the duration of the Illuminate Light Festival at Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard, 22–25 November.
Additionally, there was a film screening by six Media Arts students – Rebecca Brown, Sira Eriksen, Harry Foreman, Danielle Knight, Rufus Scott and Phoebe Summers.
Epipelagic Drifters,
Rachael Allain
Epipelagic Drifters, Rachael Allain
A Drop in the Ocean – Rebecca Brown, Sira Eriksen, Harry
Foreman, Danielle Knight, Rufus Scott and Phoebe Summers.
A Drop in the Ocean – Rebecca Brown, Sira Eriksen, Harry Foreman, Danielle Knight, Rufus Scott and Phoebe Summers.
The film has been developed as part of the BA (Hons) Media Arts Independent Practice module with Rachael and fellow lecturer, Tim Mills. 
See more information on the Illuminate Light Festival website.
Read about our Fine Art students' work displayed at the festival.

Student animation success in Athens

Media Art student Courtney Bell’s 3D stop-motion animation, Chasing Plastic Jellyfishes, screened at an international competition at the Animation Marathon 2018 Festival in Athens, on Wednesday 21 November. 
Chasing Plastic Jellyfishes is a stop-motion animation which explores current ecological issues regarding plastic.
Chasing Plastic Jellyfishes
Chasing Plastic Jellyfishes 2
“Right now, an estimated 12.7 million tonnes of plastic – everything from plastic bottles and bags to microbeads – end up in our oceans each year.” (Greenpeace, 2018) 
Courtney's animation uses plasticine to bring a playful and colourful quality to the piece in order to educate an eclectic audience about the dangers of plastic waste for marine life.
This is the third year running that animated films created by Media Arts students have been selected for the Animation Marathon.

Former student returns to university for special screening of star-studded film

Media Arts student turned award-winning director, returned to Plymouth to host a preview screening of his first major feature film.

Dom Lenoir graduated from BA (Hons) Media Arts in 2008. Ten years later he came back to present Winter Ridge, a dark psychological thriller filmed in north Devon, in a special screening and Q&A at the University.

The film, Dom’s first big feature-length work, has already been a hit on the festival circuit on both sides of the Atlantic, with 12 awards and counting.

See an interview with Dom on London Live.

Winter Ridge
Media Arts graduating student, Jake Giddy, receiving The Moment Digital Media Award from Head of Production, Alice Kilpatrick (right). Jake was also awarded Media Arts Student of the Year by Programme Leader, Phaedra Stancer (left). Congratulations Jake.
Media Arts graduating student, Jake Giddy, receiving The Moment Digital Media Award from Head of Production, Alice Kilpatrick (right). Jake was also awarded Media Arts Student of the Year by Programme Leader, Phaedra Stancer (left).

Jake Giddy wins graduate award

Two graduate awards were sponsored by The Moment again this year. 

The Moment is a Creative Engagement Agency: Creating and delivering video, digital and VR (Virtual Reality) from their offices in Plymouth, London and Philadelphia. 

They are one on Media Arts partners and supporters from the media industry.

Jake Giddy won The Moment Digital Media Award for his final year project, Through The Looking Glass, a multi-sensory, digital installation. 

Maker Memories

In 2017, Maker Memories collaborated with 2nd year BA (Hons) Media Arts students and Fotonow CIC to develop a number of responses to Maker. The students produced a series of short documentaries, films and still photography which were shown on Plymouth's Big Screen.

Our students gained an insight into the history and creativity of our local communities and engaged with people from a range of different backgrounds.

A Journey to Rural Nostalgia

Dmitri Domoskanov: winner of the RTS Student Award for Animation

BA (Hons) Media Arts student, Dmitri Domoskanov, has won the regional 2018 RTS Student Award for Animation with his stop-motion animation, Metamorphose. This is the 7th year in a row that a Media Arts student has won an RTS award and the first time we have successfully claimed the Animation Award. Many congratulations to Dmitri and his collaborator Calum Clark, this is a fantastic achievement.

Watch Metamorphose on Vimeo 

Dmitri’s experimental stop-motion film-making has already achieved international success and was featured in the Animation Marathon Festival in Athens, Greece last year.

The winners were announced by film and TV director Nigel Cole (Made In Dagenham, Last Tango In Halifax). Nigel was so impressed, he has agreed to come back to Plymouth to give a guest lecture to Media Arts students next year.

RTS judges notes on Metamorphose:

The panel found Metamorphose curiously mesmerising. The visuals and sound held their own weight, in a challenging and jarring film that kept its edge throughout which lent a powerful sense of story to inanimate objects.

Metamorphose by Dmitri Domoskanov, winner of the regional RTS Student Award for Animation.
Metamorphose by Dmitri Domoskanov

Tony Hill's new short film, Why Can’t We Get Along

BA (Hons) Creative Media Associate Lecturer and legendary rig master, Tony Hill’s Rigs are the focus of a new short film, Why Can’t We Get Along, made for fashion house Rag & Bone. The film, premiered in New York in February 2018. It was directed by Benjamin Millepied, Aaron Duffy and Bob Partington, working with celebrated cinematographer Darius Khondji. The sound track is a new song by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke.

To find out more about Tony Hill and his work, visit his website http://www.tonyhillfilms.com.

A behind the scenes video of the production, 'Why Can’t We Get Along – Rig Film'.

Rag & Bone Films say:

Legendary camera rig master, Tony Hill, has been making innovative camera rigs since the 1970’s. A total of five camera rigs were used to create this rag and bone film–three of Tony’s originals and two custom designed in partnership with Tony by Aaron Duffy, Bob Partington and Gamma Fabrication. All rigs held multiple cameras and iconic cinematographer, Darius Khondji, brought the film to life through incredible composition and dramatic lighting. The rig film gives insight on how this rag and bone film, 'Why Can’t We Get Along', was made.

A Portrait Of: John Matthias and Jay Auborn

Village Green Recordings released the e.p 'Pretoria Remixed' by John Matthias and Jay Auborn on March 2, which is taken from their 2017 album, 'Race to Zero'. The e.p features remixes from John Cummings (Mogwai), Moongangs (Beak>) and CUTS. 

For more information please visit the Village Green Recordings website.

This article from Self Titled reviews the Moongangs remix and premieres a short documentary about the some of the processes used to make 'Race to Zero'.

A Portrait Of: John Matthias and Jay Auborn
Jay Auborn and John Matthias in the studio

In The Cloud

Media Arts, Associate Professor, John Matthias and Jay Auborn have written the score to the feature film 'In The Cloud' starring Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects) and Laura Fraser (Breaking Bad) which premieres on 8 February 2018 on the US Sony Crackle online TV channel. The film explores some of the darker consequences of Virtual Reality and the score features the Vitosha Philharmonic Orchestra (Sofia, Bulgaria) and the Exultate Singers (Bristol, UK) together with extensive use of the Neurogranular Sampler, an instrument incorporating a tiny artificial cerebral cortex designed at the University by John Matthias and Jane Grant. Research Processes involved the creation of a sound world for a 'digital requiem' and the development of sonic/ musical representations for moving between virtual worlds.

John Matthias and Jay Auborn in the studio
Jay Auborn and John Matthias in the studio

Sean Valentine nominated for a national award for his documentary Wild Swimmers

BA (Hons) Media Arts graduate Sean Valentine has been nominated for a national award at the National RTS Student Television Awards Ceremony on Friday 16 June 2017. Sean’s is one of only three videos from across the country to be shortlisted for the factual award. He has also been nominated for the Craft Skills Camerawork and Craft Skills Sound categories. It is a huge achievement to be shortlisted and we wish him all the best on the night. 

Sean has settled in Plymouth and has been working with Fotonow as a filmmaker since graduating. Wild Swimmers was produced by Sean in the Independent Practice module in his final year of Media Arts. 

It showed me how important it is to put effort into every work. It means a lot to me that the animation I produced during my university course went to the animation festival. It has encouraged me to take every opportunity that is being offered, always stay truthful and passionate to art and work hard for it.”

Estonia-born Dmitri says it was always his ambition to study in the UK: 

“My dream was to study in England, which has given me not only the opportunity to practice languages but also an invaluable experience. Although I miss my friends and family, I know that it is better for me and my future career, and I will never regret my choice of studying at the University of Plymouth, because the people I meet and projects I make here help to evolve my skills and expand my area of interest.”

Animation tutor Dr Kayla Parker, said: 

“I am so proud of Terry and Dmitri. They have both worked incredibly hard to develop a distinctive and professional style as animators. It requires such a lot of commitment and perseverance to achieve the very best results in stop-motion film-making, which is a difficult technique to master – a high level of professionalism is very hard to accomplish when frame-by-frame methods. It is really rewarding that their achievement is being recognized at an international level, and I hope their success will inspire others - we have some amazingly talented animation students working with us on media arts.”

BA (Hons) Media Arts students are introduced to a range of animation techniques by tutor Kayla Parker at the beginning of their second year of study, and all are encouraged to develop their own, individual style. Stop-motion techniques are popular, with students using professional Dragonframe capture software in the studio, along with other computer programs, to make animations in modelling clay, plasticine, or found objects, pixillation films with human performers, or creating time-lapse on location. Another recent graduate from Media Arts, Anna Louise Day, has now completed a masters degree in Experimental Film at Kingston University, London, and continues to make a name for herself as an artist, creating distinctive animation films using macro-photography. Anna’s latest film was selected for the It’s LIQUID Contemporary Venice exhibition held at Palazzo Flangini in Venice during December 2016 and January 2017.

International success for media arts animation students

3-D animated films created by two BA (Hons) Media Arts students have featured in the recent Animation Marathon Festival last month in Athens, Greece. The festival took place in Ρομάντσο, the former printing plant of the once famous Romantso magazine, situated in the historical center of Athens which now functions both as hub for start-up companies within the creative industry and as a cultural centre, organizing and hosting a variety of events accessible to the wider public.

Terry Burrows, who graduated in 2016, presented his final year film The Spider, a model animation about fear, exploring the irrational thoughts that pop into your head when faced with something that might cause you embarrassment or for other people to have a lesser opinion of you. 

As Terry explained: “The thought of what we might be facing is often more scary than what we actually encounter... it’s the idea of the spider that scares you - so in this film, the spider is a metaphor for any situation we might find ourselves in, no matter how big or small.”

Terry joined the University of Plymouth in 2013. After his first year on the BA (Hons) Media Arts course, Terry began to study animation and went on to produce several short films including The Jungle and The Use of Sound. During his time at the University, Terry founded his own animation company, Walnut Productions, which provided an outlet for his films and a professional identity. Terry is currently developing several projects with Walnut Productions, which specialises in humorous, quirky, original short films made from the recycled objects and materials you would find in your home. On the experience of screening his film alongside professional from around the world, Terry said: “To be involved in a festival makes me feel I'm part of an industry.”

Student Ambassador Dmitri Domoskanov, currently a second year BA (Hons) Media Arts student, is delighted that his film Rock Matrix, a virtuoso claymation inspired by the Eastern European Surrealist tradition of experimental stop-motion film-making, is achieving international success. He said:

“University is the place where students are given a possibility to take as much as they can while they are still students. To me it was extremely important to constantly ask tutors for help, collaborate with course mates and make the best use of the University’s facilities and equipment. Thanks to that, I managed to produce an animation piece that was screened in Athens alongside professional animated films from across the world.

Social justice award for Plymouth media arts lecturer in New York

Associate Lecturer in Media Arts, Amanda Bluglass was honoured last week at the 2016 Parity Awards in New York city for her commitment to social justice in elevating LGBTQ people of faith through documentary film.

Parity is a faith-based advocacy organisation which works to create a world where gender and sexual identities are not barriers to lives of observance, faith and religious affiliation.

Amanda Bluglass and Rev Bertram Johnson at the Parity Awards 2016.
Amanda Bluglass and Rev Bertram Johnson at the Parity Awards 2016.

Executive Director of Parity, Rev. Marian Edmonds-Allen said:

"Amanda's tremendous film, Out of Order, captures what Parity stands for: LGBTQ people reconciling their sexual and gender identities with their faith. The film shows the struggle of emerging pastors as they face discrimination and uncertainty within their faith communities. It also shows the fellowship that is built into the affirming space of Parity’s pastoral retreat, allowing these young leaders to develop their gifts, and to serve their congregations and the larger society. Throughout her career as a BBC news reporter, TV producer, radio journalist, university lecturer and award-winning filmmaker, she has created compelling portraits of other hidden individuals, including a punk octogenarian and a pioneering deep-sea diver. For these achievements, and all her work to highlight social justice issues through her art, she has our gratitude and profound respect."
The 2016 Parity Awards took place on Thursday, November 17 at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in New York City. 

Amanda's documentary Out of Order, which is currently doing the international film festival circuit, was shot over four years across eight states within the USA. It follows the lives for four aspiring LGBTQ ministers in their journey towards ordination during key moments in US history. It was funded by crowdfunding and support from partners including the University of Plymouth Media Arts staff development fund.

It has been recognised with two Official Selections: Atlanta's LGBT Film Festival 'Out on Film, 2016; and Palm Springs 2016 'Cinema Diverse' Film Festival.

It is due for release in 2017.

Media Arts Associate Professor, John Matthias and Jay Auborn (dbs Plymouth) have written part of the score to the new feature film, 'Poor Boy' directed by Robert Scott Wildes which features performances from Michael Shannon and Dale Dickey (well-known for her work in 'Breaking Bad'). 'Poor Boy' is having its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, New York City on April 13th 2016.
The film, shot in the American Desert follows the story of Romeo and Samson Griggs, two reckless, misfit brothers living on the outskirts of town, who survive by hustling, gambling, and thieving. The score also features music by Thom Yorke, Jon Hopkins and four tracks from John Matthias and Nick Ryan's 'Cortical Songs' including Media Arts Lecturer, Andrew Prior's 'Thimble taps' Remix. 
John Matthias

Media Arts at the British Council's Great Creator UK graduate show 2015, Beijing

Our very own Doctor David Hilton, Media Arts Associate Professor, was one of only three academics representing Arts Higher Education in the UK at the British Council's Great Creator UK Graduate Show in Beijing. He ran a workshop for delegates exploring the medium of 360 cinema, his specialist field. 
We're also proud that BA (Hons) Media Arts graduate Tenzinsedon was selected to exhibit work in the graduate exhibition. Tenzinsedon graduated in 2014 and went on to win numerous awards both in the UK and in China for the outstanding documentaries she produced while a student on BA Media Arts at the University of Plymouth.
Great Creator, UK Graduate Show took place on 30 and 31 October 2015 in Beijing attended by the British Ambassador, with the well-known fashion shoe designer Jimmy Choo (another UK graduate) and multi BAFTA award winner Graham Fink, contributing to the event. After the event, Fraser Deas of the British Council China said:
"We are incredibly grateful to you for giving up your time to be a part of the event, which attracted nearly 50,000 people over the weekend and a further 700,000 people online, not to mention media circulation upwards of two million, including a report on CCTV’s national news channel. This would not have been possible without your attendance and your inspiring master class, which was very well received by all the students and members of the public who joined."

Media Arts students win YCN award

Congratulations to second year students Adam Read, Conor Carroll, Jasmine Casey and Matthew Chappell who won a YCN award for their Idle Man advertising campaign.
To have a win from our first set of YCN entries is fantastic! YCN competition briefs were only introduced to the second year Media Arts Collaborative Practice module this year with the intention of giving students live brief experience working as small, collaborative production teams.
Still from award winning Idle Man advertsing campaign.
Still from Idle Man advertising campaign
Media Arts students Adam Read, Conor Carroll, Jasmine Casey and Matthew Chappell at the YCN awards London 2015
Media Arts students Adam Read, Conor Carroll, Jasmine Casey and Matthew Chappell at the YCN awards London 2015
In September Adam, Conor, Jasmine and Matt attended a special YCN award ceremony in London. They were delighted to also receive the overall category win for their campaign for the Idle Man clothing company.
You can watch the Beyond the Rail video produced as part of the winning campaign on YouTube.
Media Arts students on Question Time

Media Arts students go behind the scenes at Question Time

Our students spent time on set of long-running BBC political debate programme ahead of filming in The House at the University of Plymouth.

Chernobyl video goes viral

Danny Cooke, Media Arts Associate Lecturer and graduate filmed the haunting video 'Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl', while working on a '60 Minutes' segment for CBS News about the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. 
Released on 23 November 2014, the video had 7 million plays on Vimeo in the first week. 

Media Arts produces Random Acts with Calling the Shots

Media Arts is to work with the production house Calling the Shots on Channel 4’s Random Acts series. 
Random Acts is a daily arts strand on Channel 4, late nights. Television as art, rather than about art, Random Acts will enable a diverse supply of both established artists and emerging talent to create their own pieces. 
This partnership will open up lots of exciting new opportunities for our students.
Still from Rob Potter's Bitter Natives
Still from Rob Potter's Bitter Natives

Graduate shortlisted for Hollywood

Graduate Lexi Gilbert is now the only UK contender left in the running for a place at one of the world's top cinema make up schools in California. She entered the competition after working as a trainee special effects artist on the cult series Game of Thrones. BBC Spotlight interview

Rob Potter continues to win awards for Bitter Natives

Rob produced the short drama, Bitter Natives, as a final year Media Arts student. The film has since won online awards and been screened at international festivals.

Media Arts news

  • Jonathan Brough

    Jonathan Brough graduated with a First in Media Arts

    and was announced Student of the Year at the Media Innovations Awards.
  • Media Arts graduate Tenzinsedon

    Tenzinsedon, winner of the Best Factual Video award

    at the Royal Television Society Devon & Cornwall student awards ceremony.
  • Vince Knight, Media Arts graduate, at the Golden Eye International Festival of Cameramen in Georgia to receive the award for Best Student Film

    Vince Knight, Media Arts graduate, at the Golden Eye International Festival of Cameramen in Georgia

    to receive the award for Best Student Film

Media Arts student wins Media Innovations Award

The Media Innovation Awards celebrate the innovative use of media and design across the South West of England. At the 2014 award ceremony on 27 November 2014, Jonathan Brough, Media Arts recent graduate was announced winner of the Student of the Year Award.

Royal Television Society Student Awards

Tenzinsedon, a recent Media Arts graduate from Tibet, won the award for Best Factual Video at the Royal Television Society Devon & Cornwall student awards ceremony on 19 November 2014. The ceremony was part of the careers event Breaking into Media, an annual event sponsored by the University of Plymouth. This is the fourth year in a row that Media Arts has won an RTS award.

Vince Knight wins International Cameraman Awards

On 18 October 2014, Vince Knight, Media Arts graduate, was at the Golden Eye International Festival of Cameramen in Georgia to receive the award for Best Student Film.
On 22 October 2014, he was in York, where he took first place at the Guild of Television Cameramen University Awards.
After graduation in 2012 Vince went on to do a Masters at Bournemouth University. In addition to building up an impressive list of DOP credits, Vince continues to work all over the world with Drift Allstars, the company he first contacted in his Media Arts Collaborative Practice module. Read the Guild of Television Cameramen article.

Viva. Punk Rebel, 82

Media Arts Associate Lecturers Amanda Bluglass and Danny Cooke are continuing to grow an award-winning partnership with their latest successful collaboration, having scooped four international awards with their latest short documentary collaboration ‘Viva. Punk Rebel, 82’
The film has won official selections at:
  • Lunafest 2014
  • Bafta-supported Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2014
  • Best Shorts Awards 2014
  • San Francisco International Festival of Short Films 2014.
Still from ‘Viva. Punk Rebel, 82’ short documentary by Media Arts Associate Lecturers Amanda Bluglass and Danny Cooke
Image from Viva. Punk Rebel, 82
Image from Imperfect Cinema

Two new participatory cinema experiences by Imperfect Cinema

Tamar, a live screen/sound performance is a collaborative project between imperfect cinema and the imperfect cinema orchestra. Director, Allister Gall also recently facilitated Walk On Film, a project in partnership with the British Film Institute, South West Film and Television Archive, iDat and the River Tamar Project.
Imperfect Cinema’s co-founder Allister Gall is a Media Arts Associate Lecturer and PhD student.
Find out more at www.imperfectcinema.com

Beneath360 wins Media Innovation Best Film Award 

Media Arts associate lecturer Amanda Bluglass, together with graduates Vince Knight and Danny Cooke, won Best Film award at the Media Innovation Awards 2013. Their film, Beneath 360, was commissioned by ICCI, the Arts Council and the cultural Olympiad 2012 and features high board Olympic diver Tom Daley. 
Image from Beneath 360 featuring Tom Daley
Image from To the Dogs, award winning film by Media Arts students
Still from To the Dogs

Media Arts students win Royal Television Society Student Award 2013

For the third year running Media Arts won at the regional RTS student awards. Ben Hancock and Will Jenkins’ superb drama To the Dogs took first place in the fiction category. The film, which was made as part of Media Arts third year Collaborative Practice module, was a truly outstanding achievement.

New Book by Media Arts Graduate Fashion Photographer Tim Walker

The Granny Alphabet, the latest book by leading fashion photographer and Media Arts graduate came out in November 2013. Tim’s stunning fashion photography continues to take lead place in Vogue magazine as it has for over a decade. 

Media Arts graduate and leading academic Adrian Athique publishes new book

Digital Media and Society: An Introduction was published in September 2013. In the book Adrian kindly acknowledges the role of Media Arts staff in the early development of his career. Adrian also contributed to our new graduate brochure.
“…thanks again for all you guys did for me at Media Arts, still the best degree I have been involved with.” Dr Adrian Athique, Chair of Arts, Waikato University, New Zealand

PUMA take on Plymouth Raiders

Media Arts new commercial production house PUMA was commissioned to produce a video to launch the new season for Plymouth Raiders.
As we have PhD student and ex-Raiders captain Allister Gall on the PUMA staff, this commission was a great one for us to take on. Allister worked with recent graduates to produce the piece which has been followed up by highlight videos throughout the season.

BBC takes Media Arts graduate to Nashville!

BBC Introducing took three artists, nominated by their local BBC Introducing show to the Americana Music Festival & Conference. Eloise Rees, Media Arts graduate and very talented musician was selected to play the Hard Rock Café, Nashville with her band, The Giants. Eloise said:
“I did an interview with Elexu PR in London and when asked what would be the absolute zenith of my ambition as a young singer/songwriter, I replied ‘to play live in Nashville’. This was truly a dream come true.” Read the full interview.

Panel for Media Professionals with the Media Innovations Network

BA (Hons) Media Arts students took part in their first panel for media professionals on 22 April 2015. This was a joint initiative with the Media Innovation Network made possible through the School of Art and Media, creative partners scheme.

The session was designed to help students understand the wide range of career opportunities within the media sector and to get advice on their own career ambitions. Panel members offered this wonderful opportunity on a voluntary basis.

Each of the panel members gave a short presentation on their educational background, how they got into the industry and their career progression. This was followed by one to one meetings with individual students. During these sessions the students were be able to ask questions and discuss their career aspirations allowing the panellists to offer specific advice and inspiration.

Feedback from the panellists has been very positive with a number offering to keep in touch with the students in the build up to their graduation. This is an offer that the students are more than keen to take up. 

The Media Innovation Network includes a wide range of professionals who value the opportunity to share their expertise and experience with those who are about to embark on their careers. The Creative Partners agreement provides a framework for the Network to make this happen. The agreement also helps facilitate a large annual careers event called Breaking into Media for media students across the South West. Both of these events offer invaluable advice and support to students trying to find their way into a complex and competitive field of work.