Situated in Mosta, the Institute of Art and Design, forms part of MCAST – the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology, the island’s main institution for vocational training.

  • Mosta

    Location

    Mosta

  • European Regional and Development Fund

    Fund

    European Regional and Development Fund

  • Investing in Competitiveness for a better quality of life

    Programme

    Investing in Competitiveness for a better quality of life

  • €2,200,713

    Cost of Project

    €2,200,713

  • €1,870,606

    Total EU Allocation

    €1,870,606

Despite the growth registered by Malta’s audio-visual industry in the years following EU accession, the lack of resources posed a significant challenge to all stakeholders in the field. In particular, producers faced a shortage of trained and technical personnel, as instruction and training facilities in this area were few and rudimentary.

Also, since Malta has an important film industry, particularly through specialised filming infrastructure it offers for the overseas film industry, more skills in this area were required for the provision of expertise when foreign productions decide to use Malta as a location for their intended blockbusters.

Through EU funds, MCAST was able to re-build from scratch its audio-visual facilities and to start offering a much wider array of courses, increasing the specialised human resources in this technical and highly specialised area.

With an injection of more than €2 million, new studios were built from scratch, offering proper and professional learning facilities for TV and audio-visual training.

New facilities for editing, graphic design, sound, and filming were developed. A new lighting system was also installed to accompany sophisticated projection facilities.

Most of the EU funds were invested in acquiring the latest technology to equip the new TV facilities, including HD cameras, modern editing suits and even a crane and a green wall for special effects.

At the time, when this investment took place, the MCAST audio-visual facilities were considered among the best on the island, even better than the equipment used by professional TV stations.

This investment, inaugurated in 2011, played an important part in the proliferation of small TV and new media SMEs which have started operating since.

The facilities gave an immense push to the industry, with hundreds of students following new multimedia and audio-visual courses offered by MCAST. The new facilities ‘produced’ many more cameramen, directors, sound engineers, producers and other skills related to the TV and the wider film industry. This enabled authorities to attract some high-profile movie productions to our shores in the past few years.

Through this EU investment, the quality of local TV and film productions has also improved considerably as the Institute started giving its students a much higher level of education and on the ground training.

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