Industry links

Sidney Cooper 

Media industries

The Department recognizes the importance of maintaining close contact with the media industries its students aspire to work in. It has cultivated a number of strong links with industry, which have led to many of our graduates occupying prominent positions.

Visiting professionals

Visitors, from industry specialists to independent artists, play an integral role in all of our courses, offering contemporary perspectives on life at the cutting edge of the rapidly evolving media industries.

Canterbury Anifest

Canterbury Anifest has grown from strength to strength supported by a number of partners including Canterbury Christ Church University. The Department of Media, Art and Design has taken an active part on the festival's advisory committee and has provided facilities for animation workshops with local school pupils. CCCU sponsors AnimatED, a festival event attended by some 400 pupils from local schools.

The Whitstable-based animation company that co-ordinates Anifest, Animate and Create, is run by graduates from our Film, Radio and TV Studies programme. The partnership between the University and Department, and Animate and Create won a Canterbury Culture Award recently.


Industry Advisory Panels

To ensure close ties with the media industries, the Department has links with a number of experienced, established professionals, including our own graduates, who advise on the very latest developments.
Industry Advisory Panel members include:

  • Annie Caulfield (freelance writer, producer)
  • Stuart Clark (Animate and Create)
  • Jon Dennis (freelance director) 
  • Andy Garland (Senior Broadcast Journalist, BBC Radio Kent) 
  • Jon Holmes (writer, comedian, presenter) 
  • Paula Moore (Jumping Astronaut)
  • Jackie Sheppard (Footprint Films)
  • Jan Dunn (Maeve Films)
  • Martin Hobbs (former graduate, Managing Director VFX & View D. London, part of Prime Focus)
  • Garret Keogh (the former head of digital content at MTV and cross platform director at Zodiak Media Group, has teamed up a number of partners to set up Telegraph Hill)
  • Phil Gallagher (former graduate, children's TV presenter best known for his role as Mister Maker on CBeebies, writer, producer and performer)
  • Gemma Johnson (Transition Co-ordinator)
  • Tim LeLean (Managing Director Year One Consulting)

View March 2011 Panel »|

BBC Radio Kent

The BBC runs a studio from within the Department's home building. A number of our students are given the opportunity to work in the studio, an experience that has helped many gain employment with the BBC.

Three internships at Telegraph Hill for FRTV students of the Department of Media, Art and Design

Three Film, Radio and Television students have gained internships at leading social media and multi-platform content provider Telegraph Hill|


Rebbecca Pattinson & Elliott Gonzalez, FRTV Year 3 students at Telegraph Hill HQ

Rebecca Pattinson, Syd Heather and Eliott Gonzalez, three FRTV students on the Professional Perspectives module gained prestigious internships at one of the fasting growing social media companies in the UK. Based near Silicon Roundabout in London’s East End, the company have been responsible for all the social media content of the recent BBC 1 series The Voice.

After a two stage interview process Rebecca, Syd and Elliott began their internships at the end of May and have been involved in all aspects of the company’s work from shooting on location to building an online audience for BBC 3’s Free Speech.


 Syd Heather (Year 3 FRTV student) in background enjoying the interaction with company founders, Barry Pilling (left) and Garret Keogh (right)

Garret Keogh and Barry Pilling, co-founders of Telegraph Hill said: “We are delighted with the way Rebecca, Syd and Elliott have integrated with the team and feel very comfortable assigning to them jobs with real outcomes.”

Garret and Barry are members of the FRTV Industry Advisory Panel who set briefs for the students as part of their assessment for Professional Perspectives and were so impressed by the level of student presentation they put in place an internship scheme with the Film, Radio and Television Programme at Canterbury Christ Church University. Dr. Ken Fox, module leader, said: “Developing this on-going relationship with Telegraph Hill is a great incentive for students who can see their University work has real currency with media industry experts.”

Department lecturers visit Martin Scorsese

In 2009, lecturers Eddie McMillan and Bryan Hawkins visited the set of Martin Scorsese's new film Shutter's Island. Eddie and Bryan were invited to meet Scorsese's Oscar-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker-Powell (an Honorary Fellow of the University) on location in Boston.

'It was the most amazing, enlightening and inspiring experience and one which we shall treasure for many years to come. To see such a great artist and team at work was such a great privilege', Eddie explained. Bryan also took inspiration: 'We were inspired by the intensity, passion and precision of the complex creative process unfolding on location in Massachusetts'.

The visit was to consolidate the continuing relationship between the Department, Schoonmaker-Powell, and Scorsese. Eddie and Bryan continued: 'We had a very productive meeting with Thelma that will allow for more Powell and Scorsese related events to happen in the Department, the University, and the city of Canterbury'.

Thelma Schoonmaker interview with Eddie McMillan