A Decade In Innovation

Over the coming decade Northern Ireland is embarking on its 10X Economic Vision to achieve more innovative, more inclusive, and more sustainable growth throughout our business landscape. This will position the country as an elite small advanced economy, the benefits of which will by felt throughout Northern Ireland. The opportunities presented by the creative industries and how we plug the existing skills gaps will be central to economic development over the coming years.

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StoryFutures Academy REPORT 2021

The StoryFutures Academy Immersive Skills Report 2021 explores in depth the opportunities virtual production presents to the screen and gaming industries, and highlights the skills that will need to be developed in order to plug the existing skills gaps at the nexus of production and technology.

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Ulster Screen Academy

The Ulster Screen Academy at Ulster University is the driving force behind Northern Ireland’s fast-growing screen industry. With a world class academic team teaching innovative, relevant and cutting-edge courses the Ulster Screen Academy produces highly skilled, award-winning graduates ready to excel in one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy.

On top of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses, the Ulster Screen Academy is already delivering training programmes to industry professionals in virtual production including a 5-day ‘Stepping Into Virtual Production’ course funded by ScreenSkills UK.

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Creative Industries Institute

Ulster University’s Creative Industries Institute brings together advanced research and teaching expertise in creative disciplines to collaborate with industry, government and communities, focusing on skills acquisition, job creation, policy development and future-led research.

The Institute drives a vision where Ulster University collaborates and consults with industry, government and civic partners to develop advanced research with impact that will innovate and produce industry-ready graduates with the skills and experience required to energise the economic, social and cultural regeneration of the region.

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VP Futures

VP Futures is a collaborative training and development programme aimed at addressing the skills gap identified in 'Virtual Production: A Global Innovation Opportunity for the UK Report’.

Future Screens NI (FSNI) and the StoryFutures Academy (SFA) formed a groundbreaking Virtual Production partnership, supported by world leading VFX company Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Epic Games, the Ulster Screen Academy and the National Film and Television School to deliver targeted virtual production training, development and production support to eight companies from across the UK.

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