The Studio DEN (Digital Entrepreneurship Network) is a programme across Merseyside to help turn young people into creators and not consumers. The objective of the project is to build commercial acumen with and allow young people across the Liverpool City Region to learn how to conceive, design, plan, develop and launch their own digital products.
The Studio DEN was set up to enhance our project-based learning at the studio. The DEN focuses on teaching students product development skills and trying to change their mindset from consumers to creators; from watching Youtube videos, to running their own Youtube channel; from playing games, to making them; and, from reading comics to drawing them.
It focuses on six stages through idea generation, prototyping, project management, development and testing, to launching a product. Each student will get a chance to work in a team; learn invaluable interdependent team working skills, and help to develop their own product. At each stage, the students will receive input from industry leaders through masterclasses, workshops and mentoring, to try and reflect what goes on in the real world. At the end of the year, all projects will be launched at the annual showcase where students present their projects to industry professionals as well as friends and family.
We also run external DEN taster events during the year where external and prospective students get to sample some of the DEN activities and hear from our current students about the work they have been doing. This provides the chance to work with outside people – again, a life skill in the modern outsourcing world, giving external students a glimpse into the world of the studio school.
“We have worked with The Studio School since they opened in 2013. We have mentored the students and had them on work experience placements as well as lecturing at the school. We do this to help the students be ‘work ready,’ and give the students an insight in to what it’s like to work at a Digital SME”
Lee Omar, CEO, Red Ninja
“The Studio School offers something valuable in terms of preparing students for work in the digital sector, underpinned by an impressive syllabus that meshes traditional subjects with essential skills and industry experience. Based in the heart of The Baltic Triangle, the school has managed the rare feat of integrating itself amongst key businesses in much more than location alone. While leading local and national figures provide the students with opportunities and valuable knowledge, our personal interaction with each new cohort of pupils has brought with it perceptive and inventive insights from the next generation of technology creators. Every time we’ve connected with Studio School students, we’re left feeling that the future of our industry is in safe hands.”
Vicky Roberts, Head of Communications, Vtime
“We are working with The Studio to ensure that the next generation of talent gets the right kind of skills. We work directly with the amazing mentor programme whilst supporting students with their projects.”
Head of Academic Development at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe