StoryFutures Academy is the UK’s National Centre for Immersive Storytelling run by the National Film and Television School and Royal Holloway, University of London.

Funded as part of UK Research and Innovation’s Audience of the Future industrial strategy challenge fund, the Academy will develop cutting-edge creative training and research programmes to ensure the UK creative workforce is the most skilled in the world in the use of VR, AR and MR.

There are 4 major aims:

  • To offer cutting edge creative training in Immersive Story-Form.
  • To give chances to traditional screen industry talent to work on immersive productions.
  • To foster co-productions.
  • To offer development finance for our participants.


StoryFutures Academy’s Train the Trainer scheme is pleased to announce a third call out for university educators keen to bring immersive production into their courses and teaching materials.

Building on the success of the first two cohorts, made up of 14 university projects across the UK, Train the Trainer will support a further five academic projects to explore innovative ways to develop courses to train students in immersive production.

The scheme provides a unique opportunity for university educators from institutes all across the UK to work together collaboratively, so headway can be made more rapidly to open doors and develop innovative new courses for this new and growing sector.

Working closely with industry partners, teams have created modules, full courses and workshops on subjects including virtual production, immersive sound, augmented reality and user-centred design. These courses are groundbreaking in their innovation and research, with an emphasis on cross-departmental work such as mixing live performance with immersive production, or teaching science and engineering students to communicate using immersive techniques.

Successful applicants from this call will make up the third cohort of the programme.

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