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London College of Communication joins CILECT’s international community of leading film and television schools

Written by Jake May
Published date 20 December 2018

London College of Communication, UAL has been selected as a full member for CILECT – the prestigious international association for the world’s major film and television schools.

CILECT brings together 180 leading educational institutions teaching film, television, moving image and more from over 65 different countries, with London College of Communication now a part of that leading international community.

Larra Anderson, Dean of Screen at London College of Communication, said: “Being a part of CILECT is recognition that LCC is part of the top tier of film and television schools in the world.

“More importantly, it means that we’re now part of an international community with access to potential partnerships, collaborations, exchanges, conferences and other exciting opportunities – with some incredible benefits for our diverse community of students, staff and alumni.”

Larra attended the most recent CILECT conference at Whistling Woods International Institute in Mumbai along with Harriet Cox, Programme Director for Film and Television at LCC, as part of the thorough application process.

“From this conference alone, we’re already exploring partnerships with a list of international institutions for potential student exchanges and collaborative projects.” — Larra Anderson

The conference followed a visit undertaken by CILECT earlier this year, where CILECT Executive explored the College’s facilities and met with students, staff, researchers and student employers. At the conference, Larra and Harriet screened an informative film about LCC’s Screen School and took part in an in-depth Q&A session about LCC with existing CILECT members. LCC’s application was agreed unanimously.

During their six days in Mumbai, as well as absorbing the range of talks on offer at the conference, Larra and Harriet were also busy meeting and networking with international colleagues – with lots of interest in LCC from universities and schools across the globe. “From this conference alone, we’re already exploring partnerships with a list of international institutions for potential student exchanges and collaborative projects,” Larra said.

One of the other benefits of CILECT membership is the international dialogue and staff development opportunities being offered. This year’s upcoming European conference is around embracing diversity within European film schools – an area where LCC is already leading the way.

Almost 40% of LCC’s UK students are students of colour, which compares to just 11% of the creative industries in 2016, Dezeen reports. 15% of LCC students have a declared disability, compared with a figure as little as 1% of the creative industries. 67% of film and television students at LCC are female, but over the last decade women made up only 13.6% of working film directors.

“It’s about being part of an active dialogue and, ultimately, helping to shape the future of screen education across the globe.” — Larra Anderson

“When you looked at the film we brought to CILECT, it became clear that LCC is a true representation of London as a global city – with key themes like collaboration and diversity really shining through,” Larra said. “And by embracing diversity and striving to provide an inclusive community of teaching and learning, we’re actively working to change the face of the screen industries.”

Being a part of CILECT is not just about LCC learning and gaining insights from these leading institutions, Larra said. “It’s about being part of an active dialogue and, ultimately, helping to shape the future of screen education across the globe.”

Read more on CILECT’s website.