In 2006, an agreement was formed between both parties to create Joint Audio Media Education Support (JAMES), made up of representatives from each association with the aim to offer industry-based advice, support and course accreditation.
As Government requested increasing links between education and industry, JAMES Course Accreditation is viewed as a marker of added-value and quality which provides assurance to prospective students, parents and employers.
'Creative Industries Supporting Education.'
Image courtesy of Steinberg.
Producer & JAMES Co Vice-Chair Phil Harding.
The facilities, the programme of study and the quality of student work are reviewed alongside a confidential, open discussion with current students and recent graduates.
Vital elements within our assessment process include the university's acknowledgment of student wellbeing and hearing protection. The strategies and support processes employed to manage the mental and physical stresses are a key factor in 'surviving' a degree course, that can be employed to handle pressures experienced whilst working in the media industries.
See JAMES Accredited courses here.
During the inspection visit, along with the ability to gauge a course's 'relevance' to industry, our professionals are very happy to informally discuss and advise on media industry topics with the students and course team.
View the list of JAMES assessors here.
Vocalist / songwriter (& JAMES assessor) Rita Campbell.
Producer George Shilling, artist James Passey and students at the 2019 GDF Summer School -
University of South Wales.
Seen as a great success, JAMES and GDF have continued offering annual Summer School events hosted in universities across the UK, each one led by respected professionals including Phil Harding, Greg Haver, Romesh Dodangoda, Ken Scott, Simon Gogerly and George Shilling.
Encouraged by the knowledge and experience gained by the attending students, in 2018 we teamed up with the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College and initiated the JAMES Orchestral Recording Sessions (JORS) to specifically prepare for, and record a live concert performance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
For more Summer School information, click here.
Through JAMES' Regional meetings, course leaders and lecturers from JAMES Accredited courses are invited to attend events held in industry locations allowing an opportunity to experience industry at work. A few examples of past locations are AMS Neve in Burnley, the British Sound Library Archive in London and Parr Street Studios in Liverpool.
This relationship also offers employers access to a pool of graduates from recognised, industry relevant courses via the JAMES Graduate Database.
Image courtesy of AMS Neve.