21st February 2003

 

HULL TO PIONEER NEW DIGITAL TV DEGREE

 

The University of Lincoln and Kingston Interactive Television have teamed up to provide the UK’s first honours degree in interactive television.

 

The new course in Digital and Interactive Television first recruited last September at the Hull School of Art & Design as part of a range of new media courses on offer.

 

The university has worked with KIT to develop the degree – the first undergraduate programme of its kind in the UK – which aims to equip students with the necessary skills and techniques to work in interactive television. 

 

As well as providing a series of lectures on the course, KIT provide desk-top boxes and space on KIT to trial students’ work and offer true-to-life briefs for students’ project work.

 

Students also have the chance to see behind the scenes of KIT and take a work placement with the division.

 

“New media businesses are highly dependent on up-to-date skills and knowledge and we are naturally delighted that this course has been established,” said Andrew Fawcett, KIT’s head of content and service development and a consultant on the course

 

“Once it is established it will contribute enormously to the knowledge pool and skills based in the local area.”

 

“This innovative new degree course is just one of a range of new programmes at the Hull School of Art & Design which meet the needs of the modern technological world,” said a spokesman for the University of Lincoln.

 

Kingston-upon-Hull City Council took a step towards realising the dream of becoming a digital city when its cabinet agreed a proposal to start developing the UK’s first public service broadband TV portal in October last year.

 

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For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                     email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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