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New academy aims to help young people thrive in creative and digital sector

Cinemagic has launched a Creative and Digital Technologies Academy, which aims to help young people "thrive in a career in the creative and digital sector"
Marie Louise McConville

A new academy which aims to help young people "thrive in a career in the creative and digital sector" has been launched.

The Creative and Digital Technologies Academy will be delivered by Cinemagic with Belfast Metropolitan College and North West Regional College.

Supported by the Department for the Economy, it will run over the next four months with 40 young people - aged between 18 and 25 - from across Northern Ireland benefitting from practical online master-classes hosted by film and television experts, culminating in the production of two short films and a behind the scenes documentary.

Participants will also achieve a BTEC Level 3 qualification in production.

Joan Burney Keatings, chief executive of Cinemagic, said the aim was to "help young people develop new skills, explore opportunities and give them the confidence to thrive in a career in the creative and digital sector".

"This is especially important in a time where the digital industries are playing a significant role in re-shaping how young people can access learning and gain invaluable insight which will help facilitate entry to this type of employment," she said.

Anyone interested in signing up for the academy, which is free of charge, is asked to submit an online registration form to by 5pm on January 21.

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