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How Maria's HND helped her enter the film industry

"This HND has taught me everything I need to know to be work ready for the film industry, as it has both a practical and academic focus. This year I was a director on a multi-camera shoot working with professional actors, and am currently developing a short fiction film."

Maria Sloan had the opportunity to have work experience on the set of Bloodlands whilst the production team filmed at the Titanic Quarter campus. This is just one example of the opportunities offered to students, and the lessons learned on set helped Maria to understand the production process and helped her to gain the skills and experiences to become more employable in the ever-growing media industry here in Northern Ireland and beyond.

Maria highly recommends the course and said of her work placement, “The opportunity to work on the set of Bloodlands as a first-year film student was fantastic. It taught me so much about the day-to-day operations on a set and how production crews work together. Everyone was hands on and so efficient. This was a major BBC production and although the set was incredibly busy, the cast and crew made time for us workplace students. They gave us advice and real-life industry experiences and I was offered an additional week’s work on set. To me, this demonstrates their passion for encouraging future talent in Northern Ireland. I loved every minute of it.”

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