Escape Studios joins forces with Pearson College

Escape Studios has been acquired by Pearson College, part of the only FTSE 100 company in the UK directly delivering degrees.

Both Pearson College and Escape Studios develop and deliver high quality courses with a strong link to industry and employment. Escape's links with industry and relevant up-to-date teaching from industry practitioners mirrors Pearson College's ethos of industry focused education. 

Escape Studios currently has around 300 students studying a range of 2D and 3D specialist short courses focusing on developing the high level design and technical skills required to secure work in the post- production industry. Escape's alumni have worked in leading film companies such as Dreamworks, The Mill and Double Negative on productions such as the highest-grossing film of all-time, Avatar, as well as Academy Award winning films Hugo, The Dark Knight, and The Golden Compass.

By working with Pearson, Escape will have the chance to expand into new subject areas and offer new courses. Escape will also be looking to teach visual effects in new countries, to cater for the shortage of skilled animators and visual effects people in many parts of the world. Escape Studios will retain its name and premises, becoming a School within Pearson College.

The acquisition will allow Pearson College to support the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) agenda, helping to address the long-standing skills shortage in visual FX, animation and compositing that exists both in the UK and in many parts of the world. It will be the starting point for the creation of a range of technology-related courses for students in the UK and overseas.

Commenting on the deal, Roxanne Stockwell, Managing Director of Pearson College, said:

"This is an exciting development for Pearson College. Escape is a highly-respected VFX Academy that shares our commitment to industry-led education.

"The creative industries – including the film, animation and gaming industries – are a vital growth sector for the UK economy. We plan to introduce a wider range of related courses, working closely with the film and television industry to provide the high-level technical and design skills they need.

"We have developed an integration plan to ensure a smooth transition into Pearson College for all existing students and staff."

Dom Davenport, Director of Escape Studios, said:

"This deal gives us a fantastic opportunity to take our offer to the next level, expanding into new subject areas such as gaming, new courses such as undergraduate degrees, and eventually new regions.

"By becoming part of Pearson College and its ambition to create an industry-oriented university, our students and staff will benefit from the opportunity to link to other relevant subjects such as business and technology within a FTSE 100 company."

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