Renowned film producer Lord David Puttnam has recently made a strong case for careers in the arts.
“If you take the creative industries, including the digital world, there’s been an explosion to the extent that now there are far more jobs year on year in the creative industries than there are in finance,” he said in an episode of UCC’s Plain Speaking podcast. “You tell that to the average parent and they look at you as though you’re crazy — but, in fact, that is the case.”
Citing figures from the UK, he underlined the growth in the sector, compared to the more traditional career routes: “If you take jobs in the finance and insurance industries, basically they’ve flat-lined since the 2008 crash, with no growth at all, really.
Lord Puttnam, who leads a scholarship programme at UCC, has 30 years as an independent producer of award-winning films, including The Killing Fields, Chariots of Fire and Bugsy Malone, which together have won 10 Oscars, 10 golden globes, 25 Baftas and the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
The Puttnam Scholars programme 2018/19 at UCC offered six students the chance to work with Lord Puttnam, in a new model of industry/sector mentorship. Becoming ‘Puttnam Scholars’ for one academic year, the selected students, from English, Digital Humanities, Civil Engineering and Film & Screen Media, attended a series of video conference mentoring and coaching sessions with Lord Puttnam and worked on a collaborative film project.
“The creative industries represent a vital, exciting and rapidly changing field of activity; one that is now recognised as a key growth sector in the knowledge-based economy,” said Pro Patrick O’Shea, UCC President. “We are hugely privileged that David Puttnam has offered to create and support these unique new scholarships.”