Bournemouth University media students receive BAFTA sustainability certification

More than a hundred Bournemouth University media students have gained an industry-recognised certification in sustainable production from BAFTA (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts).

115 students from BU’s TV Production, Media Production, Film, and Multimedia Journalism courses were among the graduates of the 2021 BAFTA albert Education Partnership, having completed a one-week programme delivered by BU experts. They were joined by postgraduate students in Scriptwriting, Directing, Producing, Cinematography, and Post Production Sound and Editing.

The programme, Applied Skills for a Sustainable Media Industry, aims to educate students in the importance of sustainability and sustainable production techniques for film and television.

Annie East, Deputy Head of the Department of Media Production and co-founder of the BAFTA Albert education partnership, said: “We’re delighted that Bournemouth University media students are positioning themselves at the centre of a sustainable future screen industry through their BU degrees and through professional training like this.

“Our BAFTA albert graduates have learnt valuable industry skills, such as carbon calculation, that are very much in-demand with employers and we’re excited to see where it takes them next.”

In 2019, BU joined forces with BAFTA albert to champion sustainability and the green agenda in the television industry, leading to the creation of the BAFTA albert education partnership.

Working with a number of education organisations, the partnership provides students, staff and graduates with the opportunity to learn about environmentally responsible working practices and ‘contribute to the transformation of the film and television industry’.

Since it launched at BU in 2020 the programme attendance has more than doubled, with cross departmental representation, providing a space for community building as well as diverse discussions and debates.

Guest speaker Emma Peddie, Sustainability Advisor from the BBC, also joined BU to discuss how Albert is used in industry. Following a long career as a wildlife TV producer, Emma now works in sustainability at BBC Bristol.

She said, “It’s great to see how engaged Bournemouth’s film & TV students are in sustainable ways of working. The BBC was a founder member of the BAFTA Albert Consortium and so we’re really pleased to see how successful their online tools are in driving change across our industry.

“Albert in Education is going to equip students with the knowledge of these production processes so that they can hit the ground running when they get jobs, and be part of our green revolution.”