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Baroness Wolf: 'Apprenticeships and degrees can never be equal'
18 May 2017

Baroness Wolf of Dulwich, speaking on a panel about apprenticeships at Pearson College London, said that people should not attempt to match an apprenticeship with universty study. "To start off with that as the aim: in a way you’re sort of dooming it," Baroness Wolf said. tes

Ensuring the apprenticeship levy is not doomed to fail
12 May 2017

Roxanne Stockwell, Principal of Pearson College, talks about the new apprenticeship levy, labelled a “blunt instrument” by MP's but it is still an opportunity not to be missed. HR Magazine 

Making our dreams: Kareem at The VFX Festival
12 May 2017

Art Director, Kareem took to the stage at the VFX Festival in London earlier this year, to give a talk called 'Making our Dreams': a talk exploring the principle of expressive UGC and world design. Media Molecule

Pearson Business School joins forces with edtech startup
8 May 2017 

Pearson Business School, the first higher education provider founded by a FTSE 100 company, is announcing the launch of an innovative business incubator partnership, with ed-tech start-up The Access Platform. Education Technology 

Lion King animator says live-action remakes can be as good as Disney's cartoon classic movies
6 April 2017

The industry has seen the trend of 'live action' remakes boom over the last few years, from the recent release of Beauty and The Beast, to last year’s VFX Oscar winner The Jungle Book. DigitalArts

The apprenticeship levy will only fail if employers fail to use it – lose the pessimism and give it a shot!
6 April 2017

The idea behind the Levy is very simple. The Government is committed to recruiting 3 million apprentices by 2020 and is introducing the Levy to both fund this reform and, crucially, encourage businesses to participate. HR News

April 6th Is A Carpe Diem Moment For Businesses And Education
15 March 2017

Roxanne Stockwell, Principal of Pearson College, talks about the new Apprenticeship levy and how it represents a huge opportunity for employers to reshape the way they manage skills-based learning. Huffington Post

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13 March 2017

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8 March 2017

How to start your digital art journey
13 February 2017

Last week, Escape Studios hosted its annual VFX Festival, where experts in the field of CG, animation, visual effects and motion graphics gather to showcase and discuss the latest and greatest in industry goings-on. Creative Bloq

The VFX Festival 2017: Interviews with VFX teams behind Fantastic Beasts, The Jungle Book, and Star Trek Beyond
10 February 2017

Watch exclusive interviews with the true pioneers of VFX below. Yahoo Movies UK

MPC wins big at Visual Effects Society awards
10 February 2017

3D Artist spoke to MPC Advertising’s head of 3D about the victories. 3DArtist

The Crown to bring more historical locations to life with "more ambitious" season two special effects
10 February 2017

The Crown visual effects company One of Us reveal what is filmed and what is animated in the lavish Netflix drama. Radio times

Yahoo Live at The VFX Festival 2017 with MPC
9 February 2017

Yahoo Live with MPC at Escape Studios The VFX Festival to talk about their Oscar-nominated VFX work on Disney's The Jungle Book. Yahoo Movies UK

How a nuclear explosion and a 19th-century painter inspired Rogue One's most destructive moments
9 February 2017

One of the film’s biggest and most destructive moments was inspired by a combination of real-life nuclear explosions – and some 19th-century Romantic paintings. Radio times

Yahoo Live at The VFX Festival 2017 with Double Negative
8 February 2017

Yahoo Live at Escape Studios' The VFX Festival with Double Negative talking about the VFX they did on Star Trek Beyond. Yahoo Movies UK

Films tipped for award success from the artists that made them
7 February 2017

Awards season has officially started, with the BAFTAS and Oscars announcements, everyone is buzzing about whose going to win big. Back to the Movies

The Government is championing new university providers - but where's the evidence to prove they're fit for purpose?
17 January 2017

Roxanne Stockwell, Principal of Pearson College, contributed an essay to a Higher Education Policy Institute publication in response to the Green Paper of late 2015 in which she too set out the claim that exciting, innovative would-be new universities were being kept out by incumbent institutions bent on stifling their innovation. The Telegraph

Who should win the Best Visual Effects Oscar, according to VFX experts?
12 January 2017

To help get the inside track on which movies deserve to win, Yahoo Movies spoke with 5 VFX gurus – all alumni of Escape Studios, Europe’s premier visual effects academy and host of The VFX Festival 2017 – who chose five films which truly broke new ground in 2016. Yahoo Movies UK

Fantastic Beasts: Cinesite reveals impressive VFX breakdown
4 January 2017

The secret of good CGI is not seeing the joins. You only know it’s working when you don’t notice it at all, so when you finally get to see beneath the surface it’s even more impressive. Yahoo Movies UK

Pearson: UK ‘boutique university’ to mesh with company strategy
4 January 2017

Pearson College to mirror firm’s strategic direction in employer engagement and online, rather than compete with universities. TimesHigherEducation

Kate James and Pearson College London feature on CNBC
16 December 2016

Kate James, Chief Corporate Affairs and Global Marketing Officer, featured in an interview with CNBC’s 'Marketing Media Money' show. The interview was filmed within Pearson College London's Midtown campus and Kate discussed Pearson, her role and exciting initiatives going on across the company. CNBC

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them VFX talk by Framestore confirmed for the VFX Festival
14 December 2016

THE VFX FESTIVAL 2017 is thrilled to announce that headliner Framestore will be hosting an exclusive talk on Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. This will be the first time that the VFX effects for the new film have been discussed at length. Live for films

How this VFX short film was created in 72 hours
7 December 2016

We speak to the team behind ‘The last Shuttle’ to learn how they completed the four-minute short. 3DArtist

The Higher Education Paradox: Big Change is Impacting the Sector but "We're Going to be Fine"
25 November 2016

PA Consulting launches the results of its eighth annual survey of higher education leaders. PRNewswire

VFX Festival X Rich Mix scholarship
26 October 2016

For the first time Rich Mix has teamed up with Escape Studios to launch an exclusive scholarship. One budding filmmaker can be in with the chance of bringing characters to life, with the art of animation and storyboarding, on a fully paid scholarship at Escape Studios. Richmix Eastend

How to graduate with a strong CV and no student debt
25 October 2016

The ongoing debate about the reintroduction of grammar schools poses an interesting question about the future of higher education. To what extent should we be dividing students up into ‘academic’ pathways versus ‘practical’ pathways? The Telegraph

What makes a good university in the 21st century?
17 August 2016 

Frances Trought, head of student talent development at Pearson Business School shares her thoughts on what you should look for when choosing a university in 2016.  Daily Telegraph

Clearing is no longer the limbo it used to be - use it to find the right degree for yourself
17 August 2016 

Clearing can now be seen as a chance to make your decision about university, whether you have done better or worse than expected, or simply because you’ve changed your mind about what you want to do.  The Independent

West Midlands businesses hiring more graduates in 2016
8 August 2016 

“While there are encouraging signs of growth in graduate recruitment and the demand for higher-level skills in the West Midlands, it is worrying that firms are finding that many graduates they recruit aren’t properly prepared for the world of work." The Coleshill Post

London businesses are showing increasing concerns that their new graduate recruits aren't up to snuff
5 August 2016 

Figures from a survey by the Confederation of British Industry and education business Pearson in April and May this year show that one in three London businesses upped their graduate recruitment in the past year. City A.M

Business warning over how ready graduates are for the world of work
5 August 2016 

Some 95 per cent of Scottish businesses said the quality of careers advice young people received was not good enough to help them make informed decisions about future career options. Herald Scotland

Pearson College London launches new degree apprenticeship programme
28 July 2016 

Pearson College London has been working on an exciting collaborative programme with major employers in a bid to develop a new degree that incorporates a 4 days-a-week apprenticeship. Training and courses

Graduate Employers Need an Innovative New Way to Find and Develop Talent, Universities Have a Great Opportunity to Deliver This
25 July 2016 

Our higher education system is experiencing a dramatic period of change: higher fees, technological advancements and the impact of Brexit are all shaping the sector into something unrecognisable to people who went to university only a decade or so ago. Huffington Post

Escape Studios Game Jam 2016: As It Happened
22 June 2016 

We sit down with the winning team from Escape Studios’ inaugural game development event. 3d Artist

Escape Studios hosting first game jam this month
6 June 2016 

Escape Studios is hosting its very first game jam later this month, giving graduates and aspiring games makers the chance to win a selection of development hardware and a course in games art. Develop

Will likes of Google and Facebook really offer degrees in the UK?
23 May 2016 

Experts mull over Jo Johnson’s aim to open sector to foreign companies and universities. Times Higher Education

Mature graduates earn more and have better job prospects than their younger classmates
12 May 2016 

A study of official Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa) data has found mature grads of undergraduate degrees earn, on average, 25 per cent - or almost £4,400 a year - more than those graduating under 25. The Independent

Are the VFX, gaming and animation industries really converging?
5 May 2016 

For the last few years there has been an on-going debate as to whether there has been a convergence or a further fragmentation across the creative industries. Televisual

Are studio blockbusters advancing the CG industry?
14 April 2016 

Dr Ian Palmer of Escape Studios reveals how CG developments in the multiplexes can trickle down to your home set-up. Creative Bloq

The Secret to Creating Star Wars' Snoke and Maz Kanata
17 March 2016 

London played host to Escape Studio's VFX Festival 2016 and some alumni from ILM were there, including Scott Pritchard, a 2D sequence supervisor, who discussedILM London's work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Creators Project

How London Leads The World In Movie Visual Effects
12 March 2016 

It's 4am on 29 February and a drunken team of visual effects artists are staggering around Soho's Ham Yard Hotel practically in tears. They've just found out that their work on the film Ex Machina has garnered an Oscar. Londonist

Studying Movie Magic At Visual Effects School
11 March 2016 

Swipe has been to Escape Studios in west London: one of the places that helps students learn to become the next Sara Bennett, Paul Norris, Mark Williams Ardington and Andrew Whitehurst. Sky News

ILM Reveals Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Most Complicated Visual Effects
10 March 2016 

We spoke to Scott following his presentation at Escape Studios’ 2016 VFX Festivalwhere we talked more about what made that particular shot so complicated, the challenges posed by Snoke and Maz, and the hidden VFX you never spotted in the film’s iconic final scene. Yahoo Movies

How to give graduates the skills needed to drive tech sector forward
7 March 2016 

Tara Saunders is studio art director at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, London Studio. In this article, she explores how those in digital industries can help create a bigger and better talent pool. Tech City News

From Lion King to Harry Potter: tips for making a career in film animation
1 March 2016 

Animator Alex Williams on his work, London’s VFX industry and what it takes to make it big in the movies. The Guardian

What is it like to work as a special effects compositor?
29 February 2016 

Working on big films is exciting, even if you are sitting in a studio in Soho all day. The Independent

VR Course Launched by Escape Studios
1 February 2016 

To capitalise on the growing popularity Escape Studios, a VFX academy, part of Pearson College London has announced the launch of a VR course titled 360 VR – From Shoot to Headset in 1 Week. VR Focus

Learn how ILM created Star Wars' visual effects
18 January 2016 

Escape Studios have snagged London’s O2 to host their exciting array of film screenings, panel discussions and keynote lectures from giants across the British film industry. Digital Arts

VR and AR Featuring at The VFX Festival 2016 in February
18 January 2016 

Developed by Escape Studios, part of Pearson College London, in 2013, The VFX Festival will run from Tuesday 23rd – Thursday 25th February 2016, at London’s iconic O2. Tickets and further details can be found at www.thevfxfestival.com.. VR Focus

Students at odds with government over measuring teaching quality
7 January 2016 

Poll of undergraduates ranks ministers’ proposed TEF metric lowest among potential indicators. The Independent

Win VFX Festival 2016 Tickets
1 January 2016 

Presented by Escape Studios, part of Pearson College London, The VFX Festival 2016, is excited to giveaway 2 pairs of tickets to this year€™s event which will bring the best in VFX, games, animation and motion graphics from February 23rd - 25th 2016 at London's iconic O2. WhatCulture

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