If you tune into the radio or turn on the television on a daily basis, you’ll no doubt have heard the voices of numerous University of Glasgow staff. Academics across the College of Arts regularly offer expert opinion on a range of topics of the day, and not just in Scotland. Our academics are also often called on to comment on Scottish history, politics and culture to international audiences. The breadth of knowledge in the College ensures that they also often insights on other parts of the world in which they specialise to domestic and international broadcasters.
The College of Arts is ideally located in Scotland’s media capital. We have links with BBC Scotland, Scottish Television (STV) the Glasgow Film Theatre, Scotland’s touring cinemas, the Edinburgh International Film Festival as well as a host of film and television companies in the Pacific Quay area and nearby Film City. However, our partnerships and research extend well beyond Scotland and the College of Arts engages on a global scale. Current members of staff are board members and/or trustees of the Africa in Motion Festival and the Document UK Human Rights Film Festival.
Due to our many close links and partnerships, our students are also able to gain practical experience of the industry via, for example, collaborative doctoral awards (students studying towards a PhD). Events and screenings are also organised regularly in association with numerous festivals in our Gilmorehill cinema.
Many of our former Film and Television Studies students hold prominent positions in film and broadcasting institutions in Scotland – from production staff to presenters, casting directors to film festival directors. They regularly return to the College to pass on their experiences to current students, helping them to make a start in these competitive industries.
Through Film and Television Studies and the Centre for Cultural Policy Research, we also conduct extensive work into film and broadcasting. This includes desk-based research into specific films or programmes, critical production studies, reception of films and programmes and studies into cultural policy.
We are keen to deepen and strengthen the existing strong links that we have with the film and broadcasting industries in Scotland and further afield, but we are just as keen to forge fresh ones. In the next few weeks we will be highlighting some of our existing links with non-academic partners in film and broadcasting. If you have an idea for how we might work together, we’d very much like to hear from you.
Text by Dr David Archibald – Film and Broadcasting Knowledge Exchange Theme Lead, Lecturer (Theatre, Film and Television Studies)
View David’s video on Film and Broadcasting in the College of Arts
To learn more about Film & Broadcasting or to discuss developing a partnership with the College of Arts please contact Dr Fraser Rowan the College of Arts Business Development manager by email or phone (0141 330 3885).