The Escape Studios Saturday Club Strikes Again

The National Saturday Club

Escape Studios launches another intake of the Art & Design Saturday Club, for the next generation.

Escape Studios, a leading provider of VFX, Games, Animation and Motion Graphics courses, have further committed to the future of the creative industries. Escape has launched free Saturday workshops for 13-16 year olds, as part of the National Saturday Clubs, and have just opened recruitment for the next intake of Saturday Club students, who will embark on their great escape from 3rd November 2018.

Between 2010 and 2016, the creative industries grew by 44.8% (DCMS, November 2017). So, it is unsurprising that student interest and the desire to know more about the industry and the careers it offers has increased too.

The aim of the Saturday Club is to raise awareness of the opportunities within the creative industries and inspire young talent, so preference will be given to students who meet one or more of the below criteria, but all are welcome to apply:

  • Come from a home where neither parent/carer attended university
  • Eligible or previously eligible for free school meals
  • Have a disability or long-term health condition
  • Have lived, or are currently living in local authority care

The first Escape Studios Saturday Club commenced in January 2018; it ran as an 18 week programme of events, offering no-cost, high-quality, tuition in the fields of VFX, Animation, Games and Motion Graphics.

Some of the students from our first intake shared their experiences:

“Escape provided me with the opportunity to do something I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to learn due to resources and motivation. I never would have believed I could make something like this.”

“Saturday Club is awesome. I’d never have been able to use Zbrush without it, so I would never have known how fun it is.”

“The Saturday Club has been a great learning experience. I have a better idea of what I want to do after I leave 6th form.”

At the Escape Studios Art & Design Saturday Club, the experienced tutors have put together an exciting, hands-on set of sessions where students will engage with Art Direction, 3D Modelling and Digital Sculpting. It’s the perfect opportunity for anyone interested in the Creative Industries to learn more about VFX, Animation and Games whilst having fun. Attendees will get to use state-of-the-art facilities and be taught by industry experienced tutors every week.

Director of Escape Studios, Dr. Ian Palmer, comments

"Encouraging artistic talent to flourish is at the core of what we do, but up until last year we've mainly worked with older students. After a discussion with our industry partners about how important it is to reach out to people from a younger age and get them interested in working in the creative sector, we launched our own Saturday Club as part of the national scheme. Being our first one, I admit I was a little reticent when the tutors told me they were planning to get the students working with our suites of complex software from the beginning, but the students took to it like ducks to water. They produced amazing results in the relatively short time they had and to see such passion for their art was a real treat. This year we're looking to make our Saturday Club even bigger and better, giving the students more chance to explore their ideas. I'm very excited to see how this will develop, and can't wait to see what fantastic work they'll produce."

The National Saturday Club states

“Did you know?... There are an amazing variety of jobs in the creative industries, from animators and architects to videographers and UX designers. The UK’s creative industries are growing faster than any other sector of the economy, and have a worldwide reputation for excellence and starting new trends.”.

The National Saturday Club network is wide-reaching and continually developing. All its participants – Club Members, tutors, student assistants and industry professionals – benefit from being connected and able to share knowledge and best practice.

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Helen Morgan,
Head of Communications and Content

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About Escape Studios
A university education, powered by industry experience and built by the best industry minds.

Escape Studios are pioneering the next wave of visual effects artists, animators and game developers by transforming higher education. With industry engagement at its core, Escape Studios’ approach to industry-focused learning, is what sets it apart from the rest.

Escape harnesses the expertise and relentless creativity of award-winning artists. Students are taught by well-connected industry experts that have worked on the likes of The Dark Knightthe Lion King and Harry Potter, plus games for multiple PlayStation titles; tapping into real insight built from years of experience in the creative industries. This is also harnessed through an industry-led Advisory Board, bringing together talent from the top studios in the sector, including Framestore, MPC, Cinesite, Double Negative, Dreamworks Animation and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, to design, develop and deliver programmes.

Escape’s 4000+ alumni (dubbed ‘Escapees’) include BAFTA and Oscar winners; they’ve worked on VFX blockbusters like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Jungle Book, Dr Strange, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Captain America: Civil War, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ex Machina, Interstellar and Gravity. They’ve also worked on bestselling games (Assassin’s Creed and Forza Horizon), award winning adverts, and some have even set-up their own studios.