Parkside Media Centre

Parkside Media Centre: Innovation in the Arts and Creative Tech. For news and tutorials see our blog Welcome to the Parkside Media Centre.

This page is intended for students and staff who use the facilities within the Media Centre. For commercial enquiries, please search for 'Curzon Street Studios’.

Operating as usual

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Motion FM launches today! A pop-up radio station devised and run by BA Media Production and Media & Communication students focusing on film and TV and playing a varied mix of music. Find them at motionfmradio.co.uk and show your support at

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Looking for unique and locally made xmas presents that don't cost the earth? Visit the Winter Arts Fair at the Moseley Exchange tomorrow 10am-4pm for gifts, cards, decorations and other good by over twenty local artists, including BCC alumni and fair organiser Charlotte Jenkins, current BCU Artist in Residence Jihyun, and collaborative duo Lauren and Liv who make up Pickle Illustration .kim

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Are you struggling with money at the moment? BCU students have three funds that they can apply to for financial support:

Financial Assistance Fund: A fund to help students experiencing genuine financial difficulties due to a shortfall in funding. (The Fund cannot help with the payment of tuition fees.) Applications are open to enrolled home and international students studying an undergraduate or postgraduate course. Applicants must fulfil the eligibility criteria and complete the application and assessment process https://buff.ly/3EXbNKa

Emergency Support: The University’s Student Support Team is available to help current students with immediate financial difficulties. Advisers can offer detailed advice and assess what type of emergency support may be appropriate. This may include a referral to the Student Pantry, short-term local travel passes and/or food vouchers, or in exceptional circumstances small monetary awards https://buff.ly/3ErHiKW

DSA Computer Support Fund
This Fund provides financial help to students who are unable to afford the required £200 contribution towards a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) recommended laptop https://buff.ly/3VoLG4n

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A.i.R HEADS - BCU Artist in Residence Exhibition, Parkside Atrium, City Centre Campus. Featuring work by .237 .kim

07/11/2022

Collaboration with Yoav Hadari + Ruth Hogben + BCU students and staff (including DigiTech’s own Dave Masey and Shah Uddin!)

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Applications Close Wednesday! The DigiTech Team have a number of Student Monitor Vacancies which we're looking to fill. These are temporary, paid roles which involve supporting other students in our studio and workshop spaces in the Parkside Building from 5-7pm (term time only). If you'd like to be considered for one of these positions, please send a CV and a covering letter (outlining your technical and interpersonal skills) to DigiTech Manager Steve Waldron at [email protected]. Closing date for applications 2nd November 2022.

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Studio shoots can be a lot of fun - but it's all too easy for accidents to happen. New and returning students are requested to brush up on their Health & Safety awareness using our online tool available here: https://buff.ly/3D0hxBT

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Studying photography this semester? The Parkside Photography Technicians Moodle has lots of resources to help you, both in the studio and on location. Visit the Parkside Photography Technicians Moodle to find out more... https://buff.ly/3s7Scj3

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We're Hiring! The DigiTech Team have a number of Student Monitor Vacancies which we're looking to fill. These are temporary, paid roles which involve supporting other students in our studio and workshop spaces in the Parkside Building from 5-7pm (term time only). If you'd like to be considered for one of these positions, please send a CV and a covering letter (outlining your technical and interpersonal skills) to DigiTech Manager Steve Waldron at [email protected]. Closing date for applications 2nd November 2022.

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Set design, lighting design and sound recording are all key skills in studio production - and our 1st year Media Production students are well on the way to learning them, guided by Dan Whitehouse (audio) and Tobie Lang (set and lighting)

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'Plane Crazy' in production in Studio A, courtesy of our talented 1st Year BA Media Production students Image credits

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Student Success Story: BCU Photography alumnus Herbert Walters is showcasing over 20 years of street photography in his latest exhibition at Medicine Bakery and Gallery in Birmingham. The photographs are of different periods within the black community in both London and Birmingham and have been captured at various events over the last 20 years, including Notting Hill Carnival. Herbert said: “The body of work on display is important to me, because you can see the history in them. I’m really proud to have my exhibition on display during Black History Month." On until end of Dec https://buff.ly/3s24gCr https://buff.ly/3s4SXtg

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We understand that the studios, equipment, and software we have access to in Parkside can be complex and hard to get to grips with. As technicians, we do our best to support you in-person and online - but you may not always feel comfortable asking for help directly. If there's a question or comment you'd like to put to us anonymously, you can use the Technical Amnesty Service to do so. Follow this link to access the form or find it on our Media Centre moodle https://buff.ly/3CEDl4H

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Our Media Centre moodle has lots of resources to support you with Radio and Audio Production, Journalism, Television and Film, and Post-Production. For video tutorials, handy PDFs and more, check out our Media Centre moodle https://buff.ly/3Prcuid

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Some of cinema’s most innovative and influential directors will be profiled at the 16th Cine-Excess International Film Festival, which takes place at cinemas across Birmingham between the 18th and 23rd October. The theme of this year’s festival is Reclaiming the Monsters Outside: Mavericks, Rebels and Rulebreakers in Cult Film. Schedule and tickets https://buff.ly/3ScpTuB

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Lighting a studio set is a skill in itself. A few more shots from the set of '10 Or Out,' lit by Tobie lang and our 1st Year Media Production students. Audio for this shoot supervised by Dan Whitehouse Image credits

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It's been a busy couple of weeks in the TV Studios! Super proud of our 1st Year BA Media Production students, pictured here in Studio A filming gameshow '10 Or Out' Image credits Tobie Lang

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IKON SMALL PRESS FAIR
Sunday 16 October, 11am-4pm
Free, drop-in

Ikon is an internationally acclaimed contemporary art gallery, located in Brindleyplace, Birmingham.

On Sunday, Ikon hosts a small press fair, showcasing a range of publications, zines and other printed materials.

Featuring artists, poets and writers from across the West Midlands, the fair includes established creators and those new to the scene. Readings and spoken word performances take place throughout the day against the backdrop of Ikon’s exhibitions, including a display of Edward Lear’s sketches and landscape drawings.

Stall holders include: Black Hole Club, Jaskirt Dhaliwal-Boora, Roo Dhissou and Sahjan Kooner, The Emma Press, Fawn Press, Leah Hickey, The Holodeck, Ignite Books, Indestructible Energy, Interim Arts, Mantle Lane Press, Neon Books, The Nobodies, Offa’s Press, Wallinky and Katy Wareham Morris.

Readings and spoken word performances by: Jaskirt Dhaliwal-Boora, Roo Dhissou and Sahjan Kooner, Fawn Press, Heide Goody and Iain Grant, Leah Hickey, Ignite Books, Mantle Lane Press, Neon Books, Offa’s Press, Wallinky and Katy Wareham Morris. https://buff.ly/3SYv82e

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Working from home but need software support? ADM students across all the courses that we support can access 1-2-1 specialist technical support with all the Adobe Creative Cloud packages and much more on Teams https://buff.ly/3VkOQaa

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Need to submit professional prints for module assessment or end of year exhibition? The Creative Print Lab is on the 2nd floor of the Parkside Building (P234). Work must be submitted on a USB drive and you must top up your online account with sufficient credit to pay for your prints beforehand. Find out more via the Creative Print Lab moodle https://buff.ly/3fX9FYG

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Looking to hire equipment for your studies? ADM students on specific courses who've undertaken the relevant training can hire equipment from the friendly team in Parkside Hires & Loans, located on the 1st floor of the Parkside Building (P101). Please speak to your lecturer to find out what equipment you may need and how to sign up for the next available training session.

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Our Printmaking Workshop is on the 2nd floor on the Parkside Building (P209). Here, you can learn traditional printing processes such as letterpress, screenprinting, lino printing, collograph printing, drypoint printing, book binding - and so much more! Find out more about what goes on in here and the talented staff who run the space, Ruth Yeates and Beck Howson

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Studying Television or Film this semester? You'll find our facilities on the ground floor of the Parkside Building. We have 4 fully-equipped spaces:
Studio A (double-height, P036)
Studio B (green screen and MILO, P035)
Studio C (drama space, P020)
Studio D (news studio, P005)
Location equipment is stored on the floor above at Parkside Hires & Loans (P101). You can book out the studio spaces and borrow equipment once you've undertaken the relevant training. Please speak to your lecturer for more information.

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Discovered our Radio Studios yet? For students taking modules in radio production, we have 6 fully-equipped radio studios and an editing suite on the ground floor of the Parkside Building (P045-P051). Portable recording equipment is stored at Parkside Hires & Loans (P101). You can book out the studios and borrow equipment once you've undertaken the relevant training. Please speak to your lecturer for more information.

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Studying Photography this semester? You'll find our facilities on the 2nd floor of the Parkside Building. We have 4 fully-equipped studio spaces: a colourama space and half cove (P212), and a product photography space and full cove (P231). Cameras, batteries, flash cards and more are stored on the floor below at Parkside Hires & Loans (P101). You can book out the studio spaces and borrow equipment once you've undertaken the relevant training. Please speak to your lecturer for more information.

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The DigiTech Team supports students working in our TV, Radio and Photography Studios, Printmaking Workshop, the Conservatoire, and online. We also run Parkside Hires & Loans and the Creative Print Lab - specialist facilities for students on specific courses. We're here to provide you with technical support and we're happy to help you with your projects, so come and see us if you need advice or guidance when you're working in any of our spaces.

P022 TV and Film
P033 Radio
P205 Photography
P209 Printmaking

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Hello and Welcome Back to all our new and returning students from the DigiTech Team! We provide students and staff across several courses in ADM with technical support, both in our workshops and studio spaces, and online. Follow and like us for us for regular news and updates, and all the latest on projects in production. Glad to have you on board!

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Exhibition: Arrival
Bromsgrove Street
Until 21st Aug

Artists Sunil Gupta and Charan Singh have created a new body of photographic work with LGBTQ+ refugees and asylum seekers in the West Midlands. When seeking asylum in the UK to escape persecution in connection with sexuality, documentation or ‘proof’ of sexuality is required. How can someone prove an intrinsic part of their being? And what do alternative expressions of gender and sexuality look like outside of the Western context? This series allows the participants to tell their own stories and choose how they want to be seen.

Arrival is presented in partnership with Pride House. Discover the artwork next to the Pride House venue at 143 Bromsgrove Street in the gay village https://buff.ly/3J6Worj

Artwork: Sunil Gupta and Charan Singh

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DESIblitz Truck Art Bus - Artist Haider Ali
Ikon Gallery
2nd-3rd Aug 11am-5pm

Professional truck painter Haider Ali flies into Birmingham for two weeks to transform a nine seater minibus into one of the elaborately decorated Punjabi ‘Truck Art’ buses, typical of India and Pakistan. Commissioned by DESIblitz, the bus will serve as a mobile art space for communities at multiple sites across the city.

Watch Haider Ali paint and learn more about his techniques each day from 11am-5pm, directly in front of Ikon https://buff.ly/3PZ8G7b

Ikon Gallery
1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace
Birmingham, B1 2HS

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Student Discounts on Art Workshops! Explore the Jewellery Quarter on a drawing workshop; experiment with mark-making to music; experiment with linocut printing, monoprinting and collograph - and so much more! Expand your creativity with artist-led drawing, painting, printing, photography, embroidery and textile workshops at the RBSA Gallery this summer https://buff.ly/3gaOrV9

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