LED screen supplied to Backstage Academy aids degree students

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Backstage Academy July 2016

When a digiLED screen was recently purchased to upgrade an installation at a site in Canary Wharf, the customer asked how their old screen, a fully functioning 6mm Barco display, could be purposefully redeployed. In response to this, digiLED took the modules to their Dorking warehouse where they were refurbed and then stored.

digiLED has an association with Shannon Harvey, Visual Production Course Leader at Backstage Academy, which is part of the University of Bolton. They offer a Visual Production (BA) Hons degree, a three year specialist design course, developed with the support from the UK’s live events industry covering creative, technical and production workflows for visual media and lighting for live events and installations.

Backstage Academy July 2016 (1)Shannon had expressed a need for his students to be able to test content on large LED displays rather than using the available 40 inch LCD screens. So when Tom Mudd, Technical Director at digiLED heard this, he saw the opportunity and suggested that Canary Wharf donate the old kit to the Academy.

The LED panels now provide students with the practical experience of working with LED products, including physical and content design, technical setup, operation, troubleshooting and maintenance. Upon the screen’s arrival, students immediately began working with the display to check and test the individual modules. Within a week they had designed and implemented a setup using 20 of the modules in a split configuration for The Hepworth Wakefield’s 5th Anniversary party in West Yorkshire, UK.

Backstage Academy July 2016 (3)“Having the support of industry leaders in technology like digiLED is critical to giving our students the best experience in the delivery of large format media. This donation by Canary Wharf enables us to work with the technology and develop further opportunities for creative expression,” says Shannon.

Tom Mudd said “It was great to be able to help organise the donation of this used screen with good life expectancy. The next generation of content producers for the events industry will benefit with real hands-on experience of this technology.  There’s nothing like testing the results of your work on the medium it is intended for but unfortunately, buying LED screens is out of the reach of most education establishments.   We look forward to seeing the results of their hard work!”