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Barking & Dagenham College is one of 12 Institutes of Technology (IoT) providing high level, specialist training in Digital Media and IT. 

Institutes of Technology are a UK Government initiative to lessen the skills gap between study and the working world of technology. It’s a proven, effective way for students to practice and learn with relevant industry-standard equipment, gaining transferable skills and practical knowledge for future careers.


Toasted consulted with BDC to research the training needs, from which we developed tailored and practical industry workflows for the college. Mapping equipment onto curriculum specifications, we built an industry standard production ecosystem, including specialist streaming modules for remote learning. 

The Toasted team covered the project from consultancy to commissioning over several months. Including project management, budgeting, scheduling, installation, testing and launch. It was key we kept to a strict schedule to get the project signed off and ready for the new academic year. On time and within budget.

BDC’s exciting new facilities include a fully networked 270 metres squared TV studio with cameras, gallery and two broadcast edit suites. Other new facilities include an audio edit suite and Foley Room, with high quality recording equipment for voice and sound effects, as well as location recording kit. 

Using remote cameras with pan, tilt and zoom capability we have set up a practical interface for blended learning- onsite and remotely. This is throughout the college, not just in media production.

Crucially, it’s done in a way which allows for instant remote engagement with real-time practical demonstrations, drawing on modern pedagogical practices and facilitating effective flipped and blended learning.

These facilities allow cost-effective, user-friendly and interactive remote teaching, with post-Covid longevity for large-group demonstrations. Not to mention providing outstanding opportunities for students in the local area, with access to broadcast-quality media production equipment. Students can now produce impressive TV shows, video promos, podcasts, albums, immersive 360 video, music videos, games, MoCap, Virtual Production and much more.

This project helps to support career-ready learners with a stronger understanding of industry processes and equipment. Meeting an anticipated media industry skills-gap and adding to the employability of BDC students, as well as providing the various transferable skills that come with their training.


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Watch this video to see more of the facilities at East London’s Institute of Technology which are being put to use and enjoyed in Barking and Dagenham College’s new studio environment.



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