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Forces Media Academy’s first graduates make the grade

Forces Media Academy’s first graduates make the grade


10 Aug, 2018

The inaugural intake of Service leavers and Veterans to graduate from the Forces Media Academy were recently congratulated by The Duke of York at a graduation ceremony.

The Forces Media Academy offers Service Veterans the opportunity to study for a Higher National Certificate qualification in Creative Media Production, to gain access to an industry where, historically, people with a military background have been under-represented.

Former Royal Marine bandswoman, Poppy Pawsey, is one of the graduates to complete the ten-month course. Remarkably, she recently picked up a global radio award in New York for co-producing I Am Unconquered, a documentary about Invictus Games athletes, which was broadcast on Forces Radio BFBS. Says Poppy, 'I have really enjoyed working on radio and film documentaries - telling a story about something I am passionate about, and delivering it with emotion and heart is very important to me. This course has opened my eyes to another world, it has given me the foundation skills in all aspects of media and I am looking forward to exploring them more.'

The FMAís principal charity partner, The Royal British Legion, supported all of the students with an £18,000 bursary towards living costs, and the course was also free, thanks to funding from the Chancellorís LIBOR Fund. Both the bursary and funding have been offered to the next intake of students who will start at the Academy in September this year.     

CEO of the Services Sound & Vision Corporation (SSVC), Simon Bucks, says: 'These Veterans took a completely new direction as they transitioned from Service life to study alongside our media professionals here at SSVC. Their successes during this course demonstrate how the skills they have learned in their military careers can be transferred into very creative fields such as digital, TV and radio production.'

For more information about applying for the Forces Media Academy, visit Applications for the 2019/2020 course open on 1 September and close on 31 January 2019.

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