Southern Regional College is well situated to be equipping the next generation of creatives. Between Game of Thrones, Line of Duty, Linen Mills Studio and all of the studios in Belfast, the whole creative sector is on the up - making it an obvious location for film production. “In Northern Ireland especially, the demand for skill in the creative industries, media and film has really boomed,” explains Chris Hobson, Curriculum Area Manager at Southern Regional College. “I understand around 3.1% of our GVA now comes from the creative industries.”
The College has six campuses - Armagh, Kilkeel, Lurgan, Newry, Portadown and their brand new £15m campus in Banbridge, County Down is now fully set to reflect the local need for media, games and creative computing students and graduates.
The College sought to create a new state-of-the-art studio, complete with audio rooms and the ability to create live broadcasts. The multi-use space would host a lab with VFX, Virtual Production and VR capabilities and tracking motion capture for two users simultaneously.