Screen and Film School Birmingham expanding with second building announced

9 May, 2022

It has been one year since we announced the opening of Rea Studios, our cutting-edge film school in Digbeth. Fast forward to today and everyone at Screen and Film School Birmingham are delighted to announce a planned expansion and the acquisition of a vast new adjoining space which will include a second large film studio, new teaching rooms and more industry-standard facilities.

In total, over 4000 square feet of new floor space will be built, and at the heart of that will sit a theatre room and gallery, which alone is 2000 square feet. This room, along with others, will prove to be a vital shared space between Screen and Film School Birmingham and our neighbours Performers College, whose campus currently backs onto Rea Studios. An outstanding feature of this gallery facility will be the ease at which the control room can interact with the floor. This new shared space will reaffirm the creative partnership we have with Performers College and will encourage the cross pollination of theatrical endeavours for years to come.

The need for this additional space is greatly welcomed to accompany our existing building as student numbers continue to grow at Screen and Film School Birmingham, as well as new courses launching in the near future. As well as the show-stopping film space and gallery, there will be another new film studio, which will allow for the exploration of new areas such multi-camera directing, making live programmes and recording live music. There will be an infinity cove, a second green screen, additional editing suites, a second sound suite and a computer centre.

Further new facilities will include a green room and make-up room for backstage preparation, as well as dedicated staff and teachings areas. Screen and Film School Birmingham College Principal, Hannah Stevenson had this to say about the exciting new announcement:

“This year has flown by; it only seems two minutes ago that we opened our new facilities, and we are thrilled we are already expanding. The standout addition in my opinion will be the second studio we have designed.

Not only will it be a multifunctional space, but it will also have a gallery so we can record live programmes. My first ever job was on a live daytime show, and I can’t wait to see how the students take on that challenge.”

This new multi-purpose film space will be open in early 2023; ready to be used by two years of filmmaking students.



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