Liverpool Screen School, part of Liverpool John Moores University, has invested in camera equipment and editing software as part of a£275,000 upgrade at a new teaching facility.

The facility is designed to prepare 550 students on media courses to become broadcast producers and production staff.

New kit includes Sony HVR-Z1E camcorders, Manfrotto 501 tripods, sound equipment and Avid Media Composer version 3 systems on HP XW4600 Avid qualified PCs.

Students also have access to 15 Final Cut Pro suites and a green-screen studio to compile short films and documentaries.

“We are interested in the creative production process rather than the technology itself but teaching the tools of the trade is vital,” explained Trevor Long, head of media professional studies and screen studies.

"By the time current first year students graduate they will have experienced three years' working with professional grade equipment.

He added, “They will be confident operating a camera and compiling an edit. They can work with a producer or crew from day one and have a deeper understanding of production.”

The order was placed through CVP-Mitcorp which last month opened a new office serving the region in Manchester.

The Liverpool Screen School opened a year ago. It is the north west's only Skillset Media Academy, one of 17 across the UK.

Endemol UK co-produced three documentaries with students earlier this year for transmission on National Lottery Xtra.

The school's advisory board includes film director Alex Cox, Lime Pictures' Sean Marley, and Brookside creator Phil Redmond.