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Helping Londoners get jobs in film, television, animation, visual effects and games

London Higher, in partnership with Middlesex University, Capital City College Group and Film London, is running the Creative Skills Academy. It is part of the Mayor’s Academies Programme and focuses primarily on the screen sector, which employs more than 211,000 people and has a turnover of £40 billion per year.  

The demand for screen content has never been greater: this is creating thousands of jobs and a significant need for skills development. The screen sector currently has an acute shortage of technical and general skills across all areas including production, post-production, animation, games, costume, hair and make-up as well as accounting, legal, set-building and electrics. Vacancies exist at all levels from new entrant to management.  

The Creative Skills Academy particularly aims to connect people who have traditionally been under-represented in the sector with opportunities for employment and freelance work.  

If you want to find out more about working in the screen sector, the Academy partners can provide information, careers advice and guidance as well as tailored employability workshops. 

Whether you are thinking about starting your career in the screen sector and are wondering what training and qualifications you need, you have just completed a college or university programme, you are returning to the industry after a career break, you want to know how to set up as a freelancer or you are wondering whether the skills you acquired working in other sectors could be transferred, the Creative Skills Academy can help. 

As part of the Academy, London Higher and our members are delivering a range of free training courses for students and graduates considering a career in the screen sector. These courses have been developed together with leading employers and industry trainers, making them the ideal gateway into work. 

You can find further information about London Higher courses for students and graduates below:

How to Be a Great Freelancer (17th November – 2nd December – 40 hrs over 3 weeks) 

Being a great freelancer is more than being great at working ‘in’ the work you want do – you need to be great at working ‘on’ your freelancing. In this six-week programme you’ll learn from author of The Freelance Bible, Alison Grade, how to work ‘on’ your freelancing and prepare yourself so you are best positioned to find the work you want to do. You’ll learn why freelancing is like dating and how you can use this knowledge to be strategic when winning new clients.  

The workshop programme, combining a week of intensive in-person training and online sessions with industry guest speakers, will give you a framework which you can use to build a successful and sustainable freelance career. It is essential for anyone looking to gain work in the creative industries 

If you would like further information about this course of would like to reserve a place, please contact richard.boffey@londonhigher.ac.uk 

We will be adding details of further training courses to this page in due course so please do continue to check back.  

In addition to these courses, our Academy partner Film London is running practical training that helps participants secure work in the Film & TV industry. The training is run by Film London’s Equal Access Network (EAN) and you can find details here.   

You can also find out about courses and services offered by our Creative Skills Academy partner the Capital City College Group here.