Camden Summer University

Staff and students at London Met collaborated with Camden Summer University on a number of film courses.

Date: 8 September 2017

Staff and students from London Met collaborated with pupils on a number of creative courses as part of this year’s Camden Summer University programme.

Irina Socola, Ignacio Bazan and Abigail Marke, second-year students from Film and Broadcast Production BA, worked with pupils attending a poetry writing workshop, led by poet Jacob Sam-La Rose, to produce a poetry-film for their piece ‘Our Legacy Lives’.

Student Ignacio Bazan said: “It was an amazing period with great people who gave me the opportunity to learn a different way to work.”

Abigail Marke said: "I thought that the project was a great experience. We met lovely people whilst making the film and we thought that the two ladies that feature in the film, Tiffany and Ewura-ama, were brilliant."

Irina Socola said: "The project was a great, new experience I had the chance to collaborate in, working with talented young poets that inspired us during the whole production." 

As part of the Summer University, Camden-based pupils also took part in a TV Studio Multi-Camera Production course held at the University’s Holloway Road campus. The group produced a documentary, titled ‘Uni or Not?’, which explores whether degrees are still relevant to young people and what alternatives exist.

The course, which ran in conjunction with The Cass Summer School, was facilitated by Suzanne Cohen, lecturer in Digital Media at London Met, and Charlotte Gaughan, Widening Participation Officer, with help from three student ambassadors.

The documentary features interviews with Liz Routhorn from the University’s Widening Participation team and Danny Baker, Sports and Activities Development Co-ordinator at London Met's Students' Union.

Suzanne and Digital Media MA graduate Candi Bloxham, in collaboration with the Wellcome Collection,  also worked with young people with autism and Asperger's syndrome to create an animation film project, titled 'Urban Human, Urban Animal', based on Wellcome’s summer exhibition, ‘Making Nature – How We See Animals’.

All the films were screened at the British Museum, organised by Suzanne Cohen, as part of the Camden Young People's Film Festival 2017 on 25th August.

The Camden Summer University offers over 70 free activities, many of which provide accreditations, over the summer period to young-adults between the ages of 13 and 19 years old who live or go to school in the London Borough of Camden.