Interchange Trust

New Media Suites at Camden-based WAC Charitable Arts College Help Youth to Further their Education

Press Release   •   Nov 09, 2010 21:11 GMT

The WAC Performing Arts and Media College, part of the InterChange Trust based in the Hampstead Town Hall, opened 3 newly refurbished accessible digital media suites for students aged 9-25 years this autumn for immediate use in course work across the college.

The digital media suites are fully equipped with brand new Apple media workstations paired with specialist equipment to enable students with special educational needs and disabilities to create and explore the word of digital media.  Adapted keyboards, software and Cyberbands worn around the head help students with disabilities to move the mouse cursor with eyes or even brainwaves to create in the world of music and video technology and digital design.

“The new media suites give young people access to specialist industry standard equipment to prepare themselves for careers in digital media” says Celia Greenwood, CEO and founder of the arts college for youth currently in its 32nd year. “For example, students in our ARCO program have left school with no qualifications, and when they come to WAC they get completely re-engaged and excited about learning.  These media suites, along with our other facilities and equipment, help students to develop critical skills for entering the work force including teamwork and responsibility in addition to high quality technical skills.”

The suite refurbishment was funded by Camden’s Local Public Sector Agreement and is a very exciting addition to the range of arts programs offered by WAC.  Greenwood says “Our goal is to turn young people back onto learning through digital media, IT and creative arts, when they may have, in the past, had a very negative experience with education and feel at a loss for what’s next.”

InterChange Trust is a registered charity (no: 267043) providing performing arts and media courses to young people under 25 years of age, particularly disadvantaged young people.  We aim to make a positive difference to their lives, and provide education and work skills in a supportive and safe environment.

Our innovative programmes include a National Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre, alternative education provision, training for digital media artists and specialised courses for young people with learning difficulties.

In addition, we also offer rooms for hire, provide training services to the not for profit, public and private sectors, as well as design, media, web & IT services.  All proceeds from these services are reinvested into our provision for helping disadvantaged young people.

For further information please contact:

Celia Greenwood

Hampstead Town Hall Centre

213 Haverstock Hill

London

NW3 4QP

020 7692 5800

www.interchange.org.uk