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CEFIMA – Centre of Excellence in Film and Interactive Media Arts

Lillehammer University College


The vision of CEFIMA is to innovate teaching and learning in filmmaking to fully incorporate digital technology and interactivity as a mean of artistic expression. Digital technology has long been adopted in all phases of film and television production, but artists are just now beginning to explore its full potential. The challenge is to prepare students to exploit the new technologies for telling meaningful stories that help us understand both intellectually and emotionally an increasingly complex world.

Strengths and weaknesses:

CEFIMA represents a specialist area, filmmaking, with potential to make international impact. The application documents clear evidence of excellence in the current provision. The plans are well aligned with institutional priorities. The film school at Lillehammer has a strong international reputation and the panel believes that the educational provision is of high international standard. The centre has strong professional expertise with good connections to industry and the wider community.

The pedagogical approach is clearly stated with the use of innovative learning and teaching methods, which focuses on active student learning, student engagement, co-creation and students’ ownership of learning. The student transformation is a strength in the bid. The intake of students is highly selective and there are evidence that they achieve well, with good employability. Candidates are well regarded within the professions. The provision is highly relevant to the labour market in the discipline area.

The centre has potential to make a real impact given the standing of the school together with a strong dissemination plan. The implementation phase of the centre is less clear, particularly on how to involve students. More consideration should be given to evaluation and impact.

The bid provides some evidence on how R&D permeates education, particularly with artistic and experiential learning. More evidence on how R&D permeates student learning could be included. More analysis of learning outcomes would have been useful although student success is evidenced. The innovative aspects could have been developed in more detail.

Points to consider:

  • How can collaboration with other institutions be strengthened?
  • How will students contribute to the centre and shape the activities?
  • How will the centre change the society?
  • How will value for money be gauged and the centre sustainable post-funding?

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