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JAMES accreditation for six UCLan courses

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has become one of only three universities in the UK to receive a prestigious accreditation after its College of Culture and the Creative Industries was confirmed as a JAMES Integrated Learning Centre.

JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support) provides a link between education and the creative industries. It praised UCLan for its ability to meet industry needs and prepare students for careers in their selected field.

Six courses within the School of Film, Media and Performance received JAMES accreditation: BA (Hons) Music, BA (Hons) Music Production, BA (Hons) TV Production, BSc (Hons) Media Production, BA (Hons) Animation and BA (Hons) Games Design.

The panel of assessors also stated that the courses were a benchmark in which other courses could be measured.

Dennis Weinreich, JAMES chair, said: “We found that the depth of planning, forward-thinking student collaboration and comprehensive industry links have created a benchmark in courses relevant to our industries. The courses, along with others in this college at UCLan, represent a very impressive and integrated programme.

“A JAMES Integrated Learning Centre acknowledges a significant level of collaboration across disciplines at an institution and recognises what we feel is the best preparation for a career in content creation and creative technology.” 

The courses, along with others in this college at UCLan, represent a very impressive and integrated programme.

Paul Greene, Principal Lecturer and Academic Group Lead for Performance within the School of Film, Media and Performance led the project. He added: “Employability is key to this accreditation and we ensure that students work in an environment which mirrors real-world industry environments. Becoming a JAMES Integrated Learning Centre not only commends our techniques, practices and facilities but also indicates to employers the high standard of knowledge, experience and expertise they can expect from our graduates.”

JAMES is made up of music and entertainment industry organisations promoting excellence in education. Its key aims are to provide supportive links between industry and education, equip students for a rapidly changing industry and ensure that many years of industry experience are not lost to future generations. 

Press Office | 13 May 2016