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British Film Commission head becomes Visiting Professor at NUA

Film students in Norwich have been treated to an eye-opening overview of the British film industry by the Chief Executive of the British Film Commission and Film London.

With many students giving serious consideration to how to start their careers after graduation from Norwich University of the Arts (NUA), the guest lecture by Adrian Wootton provided a strong understanding of future employment options in the film and television industries.

A BAFTA and European Film Academy member, Adrian was visiting the NUA campus to mark the commencement of his position as a NUA Visiting Professor – a role which will see him provide two guest lectures a year as well as deliver workshops to students and advise on the content and direction of the BA Film and Moving Image Production degree course. Further lectures will also draw on his experience as an international lecturer, broadsheet writer, radio broadcaster, festival director, programme curator, book editor and biographer.

Adrian Wootton and Keith Bartlett stand outside the NUA Monastery Media Lab

NUA Visiting Professor Adrian Wootton (left), chief executive of the British Film Commission and Film London, with NUA Dean of Media Keith Bartlett.

NUA’s Visiting Professor programme was launched at the start of 2012 to bring high achievers from industry in to interact with students and provide insight into the professional direction of courses. The first Visiting Professor to visit the campus was international music photographer Andy Earl, with two other Visiting Professors confirmed as Sunday Times Design Editor Gordon Beckett and award-winning film and documentary maker Graham Creelman OBE.

NUA Dean of Media Keith Bartlett commented: “We are delighted to welcome such an influential figure from the British film industry to speak to our students. The BA Film and Moving Image Production students were treated to a comprehensive understanding of how the film and television industries are structured and where the opportunities are for new creative graduates starting out in their careers.

“All degree courses taught at with Norwich University of the Arts carry a business and professional skills focus throughout the entire duration of study. Adrian Wootton’s ongoing relationship with NUA as a Visiting Professor will add a significant professional viewpoint to strengthen the already strongly industry-focused curriculum.”

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