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UCAS Guidance for AS Media and Film Studies

UCAS Guidance for AS Media and Film Studies



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What Next? Media and Film Studies Presentation Transcript

  • 1.
    • Media, Film UCAS and Beyond....
  • 2. Media and University
    • The next few slides will talk about different media courses at university
    • You may be considering doing media or something media-related at university ( many of our students do!) and may like some advice to get you started on finding the right course for you
    • Even if this is not part of your plans at this stage, it is always worth being aware what’s on offer
  • 3. HE and Careers in The Media
    • There are 2 routes you can take into Media Studies …
    • A general Media Studies degree (BA/BAHons)
    • ( theory/ practical or a combination of both)
    • Communications and Cultural studies are often combined with this (sociology)
    • 2) OR specialise in a chosen field
  • 4. Specialised Courses
    • Journalism (Broadcast/Sport/Magazine)
    • Photo- journalism
    • TV /Film/Radio Production (practical based degree)
    • Visual Arts ( Arts based course – interview and portfolio or Foundation in Art required)
    • Creative Writing ( writing for TV/Film – screenwriting)
    • Animation and design
    • Graphic Design
    • Advertising
    • PR
    • Games Design
    • Webpage design
    • Business etc…
    • AND you can do combined degrees! E.g. English and Film, Spanish and Film, Media and Business Studies are some of the most common.
  • 5. The Media Industry
    • There are serious skills shortages in areas like digital technology and multiplatform capability, broadcast engineering, business and commercial know-how, visual effects and craft-orientated jobs.
    • Graduates now make up 73 per cent of the workforce and more than half (53 per cent) of all degrees held are media related .
  • 6. Media/Film Blog
    • http://medfilmwhatnext.blogspot.com/
  • 7. Recommended Local Courses
    • Journalism – UCLAN
    • Media Production (Film etc..)
    • Salford University,
    • Leeds Met Uni,
    • Leeds University
    • Leeds Trinity ,
    • Birmingham,
    • Manchester Met University.
  • 8. Further Afield
    • Cardiff University
    • Sheffield University
    • Warwick
    • Leeds
    • Newcastle
    • Loughborough
    • Goldsmiths ( London)
    • Stirling
    • Napier (Edinburgh)
    • Bournemouth (GCI and animation)
    • Kings College London
  • 9.
  • 10. Experience
    • Places for good Media and Film related degrees are competitive – some experience that makes you stand out from the crowd and shows a commitment to the subject beyond the classroom is a must!
    • What Can I Do?
      • Join the college newspaper
      • The creative writing group
      • Film Academy / Film Club
      • Work experience – write to local newspapers, radio stations (The Bee) media companies
      • Exploit your contacts!
      • Write a blog!
      • Write online reviews e.g. films
      • Create a portfolio of short films etc…
  • 11. Apprenticeships
    • BBC Jobs North
  • 12. Your UCAS Form
    • Whether you intend to do something media related or not, you will all have to write a small section on Media Studies in your UCAS Personal Statement.
  • 13. Aims of Session
    • To think through what you could say
    • To write a draft paragraph on Media Studies
  • 14. Purpose of Paragraph
    • Before you write, be aware of what you are trying to achieve:
    • To “sell” yourself as an interesting academic prospect – to make you stand out as an individual applicant
    • To show how Media Studies has helped prepare you for your chosen course of study – angle I to what you will be doing at uni
    • To showcase your mature writing skills
  • 15. What Topics Have We Covered at AS Media
    • Introduction to Media Language (Induction
    • TV Drama
    • The Music Industry
    • The Foundation Portfolio (coursework)
  • 16. What Topics Have We Covered in AS Film
    • Introduction to Film Language, Genre and Narrative (Induction)
    • British and Hollywood Film
    • British Film and Genre - Horror
    • US Comparison Study - WOTW
    • The Creative Project and Micro analysis essay (coursework)
  • 17. What Skills Have We Developed?
    • Academic Skills :
    • Analysis
    • Essay Writing
    • Researching
    • Preparing and Presenting a Talk
    • Evaluation Skills
    • Note-taking
    • Presenting Information
  • 18. What Skills Have We Developed?
    • Practical Skills :
    • Market Research
    • Planning
    • Using Digital Technology – cameras, editing software Creating a realistic product
    • Audience Testing
  • 19. What Skills Have We Developed?
    • Personal Skills :
    • Independent Learning
    • Problem-solving
    • Organisation
    • Time Management
    • Communication Skills
    • ICT Skills – blogs, PowerPoint, Slideshare, Youtube....
    • Group Work
  • 20. Year 13 Media Studies ...
    • What are you looking forward to most in the A2 part of the course?
    • What further skills are you hoping to develop?
      • Wider range of practical skills (video and print)
      • More creativity/ experimentation in practical projects – trying new techniques – eg?
      • Creating a brand image carried across products
      • Sharper engagement in critical debate – developing and supporting points of view with more independence
      • More independent learning skills – a lot more individualised research
  • 21. Year 13 Film Studies
    • You will expand you knowledge and understanding of film through analysis of World Cinema – New Waves ( Korean and Dogme.)
    • You will study the issue of spectatorship– exploring how audiences respond to films – theory and debate ideas.
    • Wider range of practical skills (video and print)- More creativity/ experimentation in film/ screenwriting projects – trying new techniques – eg?
    • Sharper engagement in critical debate – developing and supporting points of view with more independence.
    • More independent learning skills – a lot more individualised research – particularly with the Small Scale Research Projects coursework.
  • 22. Writing Your Paragraph
    • It only needs to be short , so you don’t need to cover everything – pick what features you think most relate to your chosen course of study
    • If you hope to apply for a media-related course, you will probably wish to write a little more than if you are not and will comment on media related skills
    • If not applying for a media-related course, focus on elements of the course that relate closest to the courses you are applying for – the transferable skills.
  • 23. Tips and Advice
    • Be precise and specific to be individual – add an example or two as you go
    • Focus on what interests you in this subject , what skills you feel you have learned and how these will benefit your future studies
    • If you have chosen a media related degree course, you will need to state why you have chosen this course . You could also state what job you hope to pursue at the end of the course and why.
    • If you have chosen a non-media degree, try to state how you think what you have learnt in this subject will help you in your chosen course.
    • Write clearly and accurately. Check spelling , punctuation and grammar.
    • It should not sound like you talking to your friends but like something written – reasonably formal .
  • 24. After Writing….
    • Read each sentence slowly to make sure it makes sense – get a friend to check it.
    • Scrutinise each word for spelling accuracy.
    • Read it again and ask if it would persuade you to make you an offer – ask for a second opinion!
    • Get your subject teacher to check it!