Are you considering choosing a Stunt School to train with? Read this first. Whether you choose The ISA or anyone else, we would prefer YOU have the best experience and gain the most value for your money. We hope this article helps to inform your choice.
The Stunt industry is a funny place sometimes. You'd think we could all get along but there is a lot of ego and competitiveness, and often criticism. When you're new to things that becomes very hard to navigate. Is someone criticising someone else out of fair caution, jealousy, or to cover and distract from the fact they are actually the danger?
We started as a private school, moving later into being a Fully Accredited Academy for the Performing Arts, which means a world of standards, regulation and administration. That's something not everyone can do, or would want to do. Running a university means there is 10x the work to do!
But whether a school is informal / unlicensed, run as a private business, or fully accredited, as educational facilities we all have a responsibility to help ensure people are given fair facts and helped to make the right choices. Lives may even depend on it.
Something we see too much of is Stunt Schools declaring they are the best and others are the worst. But infighting does not improve industry standards, help students make informed choices and it discredits and mires the entire industry. That can lead to awful mistakes.
Yes some places are better than others. True, some places are riskier or have less standards. Its right that you will encounter different teaching methods or approaches to education and training too. But there is a place for almost everyone and students / stunt people do need variety, options and choices.
Sometimes we all just fancy a quick course, refresher or a taste of something before we dive in. Other times we might want industry recognised certifications or to dive deeper into learning and development.
So the question of whether a diploma course from an accredited university is more beneficial than organic work experience or picking up the odd skill here and there in unlicensed places is a perennial one.
While there are no easy answers, it is important to weigh the pros and cons of each option before making a decision.
Studying at an accredited school or academy can be highly beneficial for students in several ways when it comes to starting their career:
Nordic countries, including Norway, are often regarded as some of the best places to study due to their high standards and innovative methods in educational environments. The education system in these countries is highly regarded for its emphasis on individual learning, student-centered teaching, and a strong focus on equality and inclusivity.
Norwegian universities and colleges are known for their world-class research facilities and highly qualified academic staff. The country has a long-standing tradition of investing heavily in education, and as a result, students in Norway benefit from state-of-the-art resources and teaching methods.
Furthermore, Norway has a high standard of living and is considered one of the safest and happiest countries in the world. This creates a supportive environment for students, where they can focus on their studies and personal growth without the stress of financial or personal concerns.
Overall, the combination of high academic standards, innovative teaching methods, and a supportive environment make Norway and other Nordic countries highly attractive destinations for students seeking quality education and a unique cultural experience.
This is why we are based in Norway and chose to build our International Academy her first. But that isn't to say that other countries or schools aren't any good.
Further Benefits of a Diploma Course from an Accredited Academy or University
To balance this article, lets also consider the value of travelling, learning in a variety of environments and also explore the obvious benefits of Organic Work Experience
Ultimately, the decision to pursue a diploma course from an accredited university or organic work experience will depend on an individual's specific goals and circumstances. Both options have their own unique benefits, and it is important to weigh these benefits against one another before making a decision. However, it is worth noting that both options can be valuable when it comes to building skills, knowledge, and connections that can lead to a successful and fulfilling career. The choice is yours and we would recommend you choose to work and train with people who work to put that choice into your hands, and show caution when dealing with people or organisations who don't work to put YOU first.
This blog os co-authored by The ISA Team