1. Next Step 2 Media Studies, Film & Journalism What do you want? Write down three media related courses you think that you would like to study… …also write down the career or job you think that this would be useful for you to get into.
2. Next Step 2 Media Studies, Film & Journalism What do you expect? From your first choice write down what a bullet pointed list of what you would expect to be taught on the course… …also write down the skills you would expect to use / learn / improve on the course.
3. Next Step 2 Media Studies, Film & Journalism Possible CoursesACADEMIC CREATIVE / VOCATIONAL JOURNALISM•Media Studies •Animation •Sports Journalism• Communication Studies • TV Production • Broadcast Journalism• Cultural Studies • Film Production • Magazine Journalism• Digital Media • Corporate & Commercial • Fashion Journalism• TV Studies • Interactive Media • Photo-journalism• Film Studies • Web Design• Marketing & P.R. • Game Design • Publishing • Radio Production • Scriptwriting
4. Next Step 2 Media Studies, Film & Journalism Possible Careers • Advertising - copywriting & Photo Imaging • Film Production - Camera, Sound, Set design • Radio Production • Web Design • Journalist - Newspapers, Magazines, Broadcasting, Photo • Post-Production - Editing, Special Effects, CGI • Game Design • Animation • Marketing • Public Relations • Research • Teacher/Lecturer! • Corporate Video
5. Next Step 2 Media Studies, Film & Journalism H.E. Degrees - usually B.A. Hons PROS • In depth • Variety of skills - analysis, writing, research, practical • Leads to other things - keeping your options open • Allows you to specialise - provides choice • An elite qualification - employability • Opportunities for substantial show reel • Time to meet people with similar goals, objectives
6. Next Step 2 Media Studies, Film & Journalism H.E. Degrees - usually B.A. Hons CONS (but not for everyone) • Too much variety - if you’re not an ‘all rounder’ • Largely Academic - how are you finding Level 3 qualifications? • 3 Years (not always a bad thing - see pros) • Expensive (but inevitable) • Do not guarantee ‘hands on’ practical experience - your job to research this!
7. Next Step 2 Media Studies, Film & Journalism H.E. Degrees - usually B.A. Hons Case Study - Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). This is just one of MANY universities that offers a wide variety of Undergraduate media related courses. It has not been picked as a case study as an endorsement because it would be impossible to endorse any course to several students - YOU are the only person that will know what YOU want. This will take time to reflect on your interests and ambitions and even more time to research. The case studies will hopefully help you start finding the needle (course for you) in the haystack (the zillions of media courses available). LJMU has been chosen because it is local, well established and has a variety of courses from within the: Liverpool Screen School You will also find a number of Media, Cultural and Communication Studies courses within the: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
8. Next Step 2 Media Studies, Film & Journalism H.E. Degrees - usually B.A. Hons Case Study - Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). Look at the Course Factfiles - they are long and this is the sort of thing you should expect to be reading. I decided to not sweeten the pill by summarising these - there is lots of reading ahead of you - then again, it is the next three years of your life! Answer the following questions - fill out the table on the sheet and share your answers… 5. What qualification do you get at the end? 6. How many years (levels) do you study for? 7. Give a couple of examples of things you study at each level 8. Does the course seem more practical or more theoretical? 9. What skills do you think you would need to succeed? 10. What grades/points do you need to get in? 11. Are there any conditions attached - e.g. interview, excluded subjects, portfolio of work needed? 12. What could you do to improve your chances of getting in?
9. Next Step 2 Media Studies, Film & Journalism Finding courses: Start with the best Whilst most newspapers rate universities against each other in league tables - The Guardian has always specialised in all things media and can generally be considered a reliable resource. With so many universities offering so Media Courses a league table is a good place to start. But remember - it is no substitute for finding a course that is right for YOU!
10. Next Step 2 Media Studies, Film & Journalism Vocational Courses - usually B-Tec PROS • No need for UCAS • Hands on experience straight away • Cheaper (usually - depending on college / academy) • Possible job opportunities and contacts with companies during course • Some colleges are so elite that the name is worth the qualification alone
11. Next Step 2 Media Studies, Film & Journalism Vocational Courses - usually B-Tec CONS • Not as much depth as a degree • Qualification level is at the same level as you are studying now - Level 3 • More people are getting degrees - how competitive can you be? • May limit you - is it better to keep your options open? • Some colleges are not as well recognised as others If you are looking to do a B-Tec you should consider a ‘National Diploma’ NOT a ‘First Diploma’
12. Next Step 2 Media Studies, Film & Journalism Vocational Courses - usually B-Tec There are some excellent film schools in England - we have a proud tradition of quality Film, TV and Radio production. Some schools such as the National Film & Television School and the London Film School are world renowned for their quality of training career possibilities and alumni. However… Whilst many of them may just accept a show reel (albeit a very good one), many will expect a degree. You must find out exactly what they require and the standards they expect. Pretty much all of them are based in London - which is no bad thing is it geez?!
13. Next Step 2 Media Studies, Film & Journalism Vocational Courses - usually B-tec Case Study - Liverpool Media Academy This is a city centre based college typical of the kind that offers quality B-Tecs. In their own words: “Liverpool Media Academy is one of the leading media and performing arts training centres in the North West.All of our courses are designed and delivered by industry professionals and are very hands on with projects being linked to industry with our media and performing arts partners, enabling our students to gain realistic work related situations on a regular basis.” Liverpool Media Academy seems like an exciting venture - and their prospectus is very inviting. There seems to be a lot of potential for immediate ‘hands on’ filmmaking and possible networking with the industry. But remember that many schools and colleges also offer B-Tecs now, it is not seen by many as a degree equivalent and does not give you as many options at the end if you decide against working in the industry. Will you have the desire to put in the extra work to be competitive with those around you? THINK: What would you do afterwards? ACT: Contact possible employers or film schools and find out whether they consider a B-Tec as valuable as a degree or whether a show-reel is more valuable than a qualification.
14. Next Step 2 Media Studies, Film & Journalism Finding courses: What is SkillSet?In their words… “Skillset is the industry body which supports skills and training for people and businesses to ensure the UK creative industries maintain their world class position.” This is a great website for finding courses and discovering the SkillSet logo when looking for other Media courses is also an endorsment of their quality. The courses page of the website is divided in to the following sections: • Advertising • Fashion & Textiles • Publishing • Animation • Film • Radio • Computer Games • Interactive Media • TV • Facilities • Photo Imaging
15. Next Step 2 Media Studies, Film & Journalism Journalism - NCTJ vs DegreesIn a nutshell…Many different degrees - newspaper, broadcasting, sports, fashion etc. Thesedegrees prepare you with the skills and knowledge needed to be a journalist ina specific field.But due to the wide variety of courses you need to find the one that suitsYOU!The NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) accredits coursesand qualifications -The Preliminary Certificate in Journalism and the Certificatein Journalism.Sometimes a newspaper, magazine etc will pay for these qualifications.Sometimes a degree is not necessary to become a journalist - however it willnever count against you……in fact a degree in another subject may be a way into Journalism…
16. Next Step 2 Media Studies, Film & Journalism Journalism - NCTJ vs DegreesFor example… A degree in Law might be a suitable expertise to report on legal issues. A degree in politics or history may give you a specialism that others do not have. It largely depends on your ability to write, a portfolio of work and the needs of the organisation (newspaper, magazine etc). Contact the organisation and find out what their requirements are. If you are unsure but know that Journalism is something you want to do then consider a degree - but be aware that a separate NCTJ qualification may be needed in the future. The best place to find a course is at the NCTJ’s comprehensive website. But also to read their brochures about careers in Journalism.
17. Next Step 2 Media Studies, Film & Journalism What Next? Now - find 3 courses in the field that is most relevant to you using the websites. Note down the following information: 3. What qualification do you get at the end? 4. How many years (levels) do you study for? 5. Give a couple of examples of things you study at each level 6. Does the course seem more practical or more theoretical? 7. What skills do you think you would need to succeed? 8. What grades/points do you need to get in? 9. Are there any conditions attached - e.g. interview, excluded subjects, portfolio of work needed? 10. What could you do to improve your chances of getting in?
18. Next Step 2 Media Studies, Film & Journalism What Next (after today)? Make some decisions… • Practical or theoretical course (or both) • Do you need a portfolio or show-reel • What do you want to do after - does your course give you options? • Do you want options? • Will you get the grades needed for the course? • What have you done so far that will improve your chances. i.e. what can you put on your Personal Statement that looks good. • What can you do before you apply that will make your Personal Statement look good. • Are you passionate about the subject you have chosen - if so, can you articulate that in your Personal Statement? • Call or email admissions officers about ANY queries
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