Pinewood Studios gets online

The Open University and Pinewood Studios are to work together to produce a free online course for the film industry

Budding directors and producers will be able to draw on Pinewood’s expertise, the home of the British film industry, combined with the academic excellence of one of the world’s leading providers of distance learning.

The new partnership was unveiled today at The Technology Innovators Forum in Qingdao, China, which brings together leading creative and innovative industries from around the world. The two parties have agreed to work together on a free new online course which will explore the creative processes and business skills required when making movies. 

The course will launch on FutureLearn.com, the Open University-backed platform for free online courses. Available free of charge to anyone around the world, the new course will focus on the business aspect of the film industry, offering learners the opportunity to find out more about the commercial aspects of the film industry.

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Vice-Chancellor of The Open University, Martin Bean, said: “Like The Open University, Pinewood Studios is a household name and they’ve been responsible for some of the biggest smash-hit movies over the whole history of cinema. By combining this with our experience of delivering a first-class student experience at the OU, we can come up with something really special. This course will not just offer a window into an industry which fascinates so many, but through FutureLearn’s global platform will actually help equip people across the world with some of the skills they need to succeed in the creative industry sector.”

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