The Studio has launched a new mentor programme for students across all year groups as part of The Studio Digital Programme where each student team is mentored by an industry professional to support their chosen pathway, in the build up to a student showcase in April.
This year students have chosen from four pathways:
Game – Create a 2D Game.
Internet of Things – Create Enchanted School Items.
Film – Create a short movie about an aspect of the Studio.
Entrepreneurship – Create an app, website, or monetised blog.
The launch of the new pathways will support students’ career ambitions and widen their horizons.
As part of the process, over 40 professionals from the games, film and digital sector will mentor students from The Studio over the next 12 weeks. These companies include Sony, Red Ninja, Lucid Games, Ripstone Publishing, Mocha Film, Milky Tea Studios, Liverpool John Moores University, Edge Hill University and also our newest partner Shop Direct, who run digital department stores including Very.co.uk and Littlewoods.com.
Most mentors are either senior level executives or Managing Directors of their own businesses, and students have already made a great impression after just the first session.
Kate Rylance, Senior User Experience Researcher at Shop Direct met her team for the first time last week, and was extremely impressed. She said:
“Our User Experience Team really enjoyed the first mentoring session at The Studio and we were blown away by the students’ confidence and the solid concept ideas that they were able to work with.”
Students will meet their mentors every three weeks until the showcase on 1st April. All parents are invited to attend showcase – 2-5pm, to celebrate work completed throughout the Studio Digital Programme.