Life after College

SELF AUDIT

What are your main strengths in Media?
– My main strengths would range from Cinematography to sound recording. Editing is not my strong point but have a keen eye for angles.

What are the main areas you need to work on?
– I’d like to increase my skills on editing and using sound equipment. Perhaps get more experience with different lenses, and lighting techniques.

How ambitious are you? What does this mean to you?
– I tend to be very ambitious during script writing and generating an idea for the film. However budgeting and acting availability, because I’m only a college student, means that I have to tone how ambitious I can be – down.

How much do you know about applying to University? How confident are you about this process?
– To begin with I didn’t have a clue where to begin, but now that I have some knowledge about it, now knowing about UCAS, and I’m that there is going support from my tutor and other lecturers about moving forward from College.

How much do you know about Apprenticeships? How confident are you about the application process for this?
– I don’t know much about Apprenticeships, however from looking at the new brief I believe that my knowledge will grow in this area and I’ll hopefully find an apprenticeship that’ll help me with the film industry. I also believe that with help from my tutor and other lecturers, they will help me decide what I should do after College.

How much do you know about Media Work Placements? How confident are you about the application process for these?
– I know a little bit about work placements from looking at placements within the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4. I would like to research some more placements and get more knowledge from doing so.

Goals:

What are your main work/ education goals for the next 12 months?
– Basically, Concentration, Stay motivated and produce high quality films that meet the guidelines and make sure that blog work meets the criteria. I will be writing over 500 words on each section just to make sure it’s in enough detail and depth.

What are your main work/ education goals for the next 3 years?
– I’d like to have a GAP year, Perhaps enter a few film contests and do another year at Exeter College, do a photography course to fall back on, just in case Media doesn’t work out. I will still be doing photography in my spare time. And during the GAP year it’d be nice to get a few running jobs for companies.

PLACEMENT SCHEMES

The BBC.
Editorial Production Scheme;

This scheme is used to introduce people into the way that the BBC run their broadcasting persona.
Those who take the course get given the use of editing certain shows such as the One Show and a few dramas. Alongside with using the Editing softwares that the BBC has to offer, they’re granted with the use of cameras and getting hands on experience with working amongst others in a team. The BBC are looking for those who are interested in learning and have a creative content background.
– “You must be passionate in developing and producing imaginative and distinctive content for the broadest of audiences.”

The BBC are hoping, in this course to introduce more and more young people into the world of television production and broadcasting. They’re looking for people to shape an idea of a “New BBC”, giving it freedom of where it will be in the future. The BBC are always listening to those who have an idea. There are four training placements available for Comedy, Factual and Entertainment. These are year long placements and feature a “Boot-camp”, to increase the learning of those who join. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee of the job as the BBC are only looking for the best from the rest.

Production Trainee Scheme;

With this programme, the BBC are looking for people who are creative, have lots of fresh programme ideas and have the desire to make great television, radio and online content. Alongside that they want people who can work well in groups and aren’t afraid to delve into the unknown. Submitting ideas and are very passionate about what goes on Television and it’s audience. This scheme gives the individual an 11 month contract, which during that time they’ll be trained in developing media skills and be given freedom across the United Kingdom working with different BBC locations. This will all be mentored by a BBC senior manager, and by the end will have enough skills to develop and create own programmes.

Previous placements for work from this scheme include certain shows such as; The One Show, EastEnders, Doctor Who, Radio 1, CBBC and many more. With this scheme, One of the requirements is to have flexibility. Being able to not just work in London but places such as Cardiff and Bristol, to name a few.

ITV.
Apprenticeship Programme;

ITV’s apprenticeship Programme includes a 12 month or over contract, and giving people who are interested a chance to work all around production. With this scheme, it grants people the chance to work with industry experts who can give guidance and support along the way. They’re accepting people who just left school or college and accept anyone, no matter how long they’ve been interested with media.
The requirements for applying are given below, taken from the ITV website.

> DO NOT have a degree, a level 4 qualification or have already completed a similar apprenticeship.
> Have lived in the European Economic Area for 3 years consecutively.
> Are genuinely interested in learning about what we do and the role you’re applying for.

ITV Studios are most suited to those who have left schools/ college and each talent programmes is suited with the individual. To apply, they’re accepting forms at the start of June, giving you time to get ready for a start in September, offering different apprenticeships at different ITV sites each year.

Channel 4.
Apprenticeship Programme;

Channel 4 offer a chance for bright people to gain experience in the industry.
“we invite you to work in one of our departments for 12 months. You learn how everything works, what everyone does, and how it all fits into the bigger picture of Channel 4.” This all builds up to your NVQ and get paid £18,500 salary for hard work.

There are several departments from which the individual can choose from and how it works varies on the department. But all departments will show people how to work in a fast paced and forward thinking media industry. A few of these departments are Creative, Commercial and Operational, “Roles will be available in Press & Publicity, Commissioning, Corporate Relations, 4Creative, Continuity, Sales, Audience Technology & Insight, Finance and Information Systems Delivery.”

Channel 4 are looking for those without a degree and are completely nutty about the media. To apply, an application form will be available on the Channel 4 website, they will ask about what makes you stand out in the crowd and what team/ department you’d like to work with, Dates for which applying are specified below; (directly taken from the channel 4 website)

> 7 July: Applications open.
> 21 August: Applications close.
> 19th September – 5th October: Assessment days.
> 31 October: Apprenticeships begin.

At the assessment days Channel 4 invites 10 people who are chosen from each department to come in and are given more knowledge on the course that they are about to undertake and build friendship with those who they may be working with.

UNIVERSITY OPTIONS

For my first option I looked at UAL, seeing as I’m doing the course right now I thought that it’d be fitting and a good opportunity to carry on with the course after college.

– However, I’m thinking about taking a GAP year, perhaps doing another course at Exeter College, that being Photography to fall back on and perhaps enter a few film contests and see where that gets me.

Bristol UWE:
http://courses.uwe.ac.uk/W293/2017

BA Hons: Filmmaking.
The reason I’m looking at this course and why  it’s top of all the others is purely because, from the look of it, has the most hands on experience it could give a student going into the media industry, they want to try and push the next generation of filmmakers to re-structure the film industry and what people watch on Television and Movies.

The building that this course is focused in deals with all up to date technology, cameras and editing software. They also provide workshops to allow the students to develop their knowledge for the equipment available. With the building in the City Campus, this allows students to go to the other building around the campus talking to lecturers and attending ranged seminars.
“This is a production-based degree: you will learn by making. Our teaching team works at the cutting edge of contemporary media practice, with high levels of practical experience and expertise.”

Bristol UWE also offers possible placements with companies such as BBC, ITV, Aardman Animations and E3 Media, (to list a few). A few professors from such industries go to the Campus to talk to aspiring Cinematographers, Directors, Composers etc. Giving them an insight on what to expect when joining a film or media related company. Those behind this course offer placements with industries and companies, giving them a somewhat boost into the world of media.

The Structure:
YEAR ONE
– Professional Practice 1: Introduction to Filmmaking and Creative Media
– Scriptwriting
– Sound, Image and Sensory Experience
– Exploring Interactive Media
– Creating Screen Fiction

YEAR TWO
– Documentary Research and Production
Plus either
– Narrative and Experience
– Professional Practice 2: Developing Craft Skills
or
– International Exchange
– Professional Practice 2: Developing Craft Skills for International Exchange

YEAR THREE
– Preparation for Self-Directed Study in Filmmaking and Creative Media
– Professional Practice 3: Work Experience and Future Directions
– Filmmaking and Creative Media Dissertation
– Self-Directed Study in Filmmaking and Creative Media

The course is based on course work and no end of topic assessments are produced. It’s purely based on written, presented and showcased work. Students are made to reflect on their own work and to compare it to older work to see whether they’re happy with the end result or not. The modules taken in the first 2 years are added to end of final years grade to get a complete overall mark.

Throughout the first 2 years work experience with companies are encouraged, with students containing a lot of creativity, imagination and confidence. The placements of the work experience is at a random draw. It’s ranged between a major TV channel, a small independent film company or an up-and-coming digital media agency. During the second year you can choose whether to do work in another country to build on cultural and international skills within media. During the first year, you are encouraged to make film associated with moving image and be able to showcase your knowledge with the technology that you know.

With the course being based in Bower Ashton Campus, it gives the student a chance to look around the library and to see all the equipment that’s available. Alongside that, you get the chance to edit on state of the art editing software and post-production softwares. The fees for this course are shown below taken from the Website. (Linked above)
Full Time:
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee
– £9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)
– £1156
International – Full Time – Annual (Per Year) Fee
– £11750
International – Full Time – Module Fee (15 Credit)
– £1469

Part Time:
Home/EU-Part Time – Module Fee (15 Credit)
– £1156

The Entry Requirements:
Tariff points: 112
GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
Relevant subjects: Art, Media, Design and Technology
EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at merit.
Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

University Arts London:
http://www.arts.ac.uk/lcc/courses/undergraduate/ba-hons-film-and-television/

BA (Hons) Film and Television.
This is my second choice and seeing as I’m doing a UAL course currently I feel that this course will allow me to stay in my comfort zone a bit and show my true potential. From reading this the first thing that’s decelerated is that some of their end work has gone on to be nominated/ won BAFTA awards and awards from British Film Institute.

They encourage their students to make as many films as they can, with editing softwares provided by the University, the students have full access to Final Cut Pro and Protools/Logic sound systems and a high quality preview projection theatre. With lessons running alongside helping the students who have never used these programs get to know them better and produce high quality films.

“Our students participate in a programme of engaging film theory seminars with film screenings. The focus of these seminars is on the ideas and philosophies that have informed both filmmakers and film critics of the past, and on new discourses for film criticism and practice in the future. In Year 3 of the course, you can develop your own interests in film culture by writing a dissertation on a subject of your choice.”

This course also wants their students to branch out to the college and ask for Graphic design or an art piece that will be featured in the film, to gain confidence with meeting new people and asking them if they could participate within the film making procedure. – they will also be able to participate in a wide range of guest talks from filmmakers and artists from all over the world.

YEAR ONE
– Introduction to Professional Practices in Film and Television (20 credits)
– Sound, Image, Story: The Foundations of mise-en-scene (20 credits)
– Media Cultures 1 (40 credits)
– The TV Studio: Drama and Factual Programming (20 credits)
– Documentary (20 credits)

Year 1 establishes a foundation of visual, technical, theoretical and communication skills related to the study and practice of film and television and associated media.

YEAR TWO
– The Script (20 credits)
– Media Cultures 2 (40 credits)
– Collaborative Project (20 credits)
– Specialisms (40 credits)

YEAR THREE
– Dissertation (40 credits)
– Major Project (60 credits)
– Media Cultures 3: Enterprise (20 credits)

Entry Requirements:
“104 new UCAS tariff points (260 old UCAS tariff points) gained at GCE Advanced (A) Level or equivalent. (A Level subjects studied may include: English; History; Media; Business; Art and Design, or other subjects within Social Sciences). Ideally your A levels will be achieved at Grade C or above.

Alternatively you will be considered if you have achieved a minimum of 104 new UCAS tariff points (260 old UCAS tariff points) from one of the following qualifications:

• BTEC Extended Diploma
• UAL Extended Diploma in Art and Design
• Access to HE Diploma
• International Baccalaureate
• Equivalent EU or Non-EU qualifications

Additionally you will have achieved passes at grade C or above in at least three GCSE subjects including English.”

Bath Spa:
http://www.bathspa.ac.uk/schools/humanities-and-cultural-industries/courses/undergraduate/film-television-and-digital-production

The Bath Spa University focuses on developing the students skills in media and meeting requirements that a job in Television and Film need. They teach how to design and create film and television content and formats and allow the student to feel comfortable with working in a television environment.

This is a 3 year course and has BA Hons award.

Course Structure:
This course is marked on the students coursework and final films and gained skills, similar to the UAL course I am undertaking at the minute in College. In the first 2 years, the student will be taught the basic foundations of the television and film industries. In the final year, these skills learnt will be reflected in creating their own independent product based on interests and using the Universities equipment. Along the way, the student’s knowledge for technical and craft skills will increase exponentially. Knowing critical and theoretical understanding is also a bit part in this. Throughout the course the student will have opportunities to work either independently or working alongside others to produce creative pieces. “You’ll become a socially engaged global citizen, with intercultural and global understandings and perspectives, and an awareness of innovation and social entrepreneurship.”

YEAR ONE
In the first year you’ll study single camera production and TV studio production. In addition you’ll engage in some contextual work, for example film and TV theory and formats.

YEAR TWO
You’ll continue your work in single camera production and advanced TV production. Again you’ll study context in areas such as scriptwriting, popular cinema and world cinema.

YEAR THREE
Your final year will be project led. You’ll have the opportunity to engage in collaborative productions, undertake in-depth post-production activities and complete and individualised practice-based project. In these projects you’ll benefit from close staff supervision.

This course isn’t just based in the United Kingdom however, the university offers their students to study across the world from their choice, “Our students have completed Erasmus+ and Exchange programmes in a variety of countries including Spain and the USA.” They also offer the chance to travel around the region as a single camera project, giving the student chance to work alongside commercial TV studios. The course is led by previous industry workers and several lecturers. They expect students to manage their time effectively.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
“We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level – grades BCC – CCC accepted.
  • BTEC – Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) preferred in a related subject.
  • International Baccalaureate – A minimum score of 27 points preferred.
  • Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher). “

To close up, this course enables their students to get jobs in the media industry, already having their skills enhanced by using industry equipment and editing on professional software will secure a job in television or film.
“The BA Film, TV and Digital Production is employability centred in its focus upon commercially informed creativity, film crafts and skills. In addition students will present a sound and rounded academic context to their work and the work of others; positioning them as the some of the most employable in the sector.”

Gloucester:
http://www.glos.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/fpr/pages/film-production-ba-hons.aspx

This is a 3 year course and also full time.
“One of the UK’s best universities for studying film production. We’re ranked in the top 10 for film production by the Guardian University Guide 2016.”
This course offers it’s students a chance to work with Industry technology and cameras. This course is centred mostly on independence. It will deliver a wide variety of professional skills in post-production, cinematography, sound design and directing, (to name a few). They want their students to leave feeling creative and to be able to work professionally in any studio.

The students are taught by staff who are active filmmakers themselves and whose work has screened internationally. Several of which are BAFTA winners and nominees, alongside that there are guest lecturers that come in, these can vary from David Morrissey from The Walking Dead to Simon Haslett whose done VFX on Harry Potter. The course is based mostly around coursework and the films that the individual produces. The student shall be learning every part of media in more detail than they already knew before joining the course, these will help build more knowledge and skills that will get put into practical work. As well as feedback from lecturers, there will be both workshops from and opportunities to work with Mentors from the Film and Television Industry.

Entry requirements:
“Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don’t meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application.”

Careers:

  • Director
  • Producer
  • Director of Photography
  • Producer / Head of Production
  • 1st Assistant Director
  • Production Designer
  • Script Writer
  • Visual Effects Artist

To sum up, this university course offers great potential for anyone who aspires to be in the Media Industry. And especially with lectures from experienced lecturers can really boost a students confidence with their work.

Ravensbourne:
http://www.ravensbourne.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/the-school-of-media/department-of-production/ba-hons-digital-film-production

After looking at Ravensbourne for a while I have honestly come down to the conclusion that this is the University that looks the most promising and hands on with what it is I want to get into after I leave education, which is centred around Cinematography.

Digital Film Production: BA (Hons)
This course offers the students a chance to get hands on experience with the latest technology and manage to create a wide variety of film making. It also allows the students to create short films for Film Festivals and special occasions that the University is linked to. Alongside that the course wants it’s students to think about experimenting and producing art with the help of CGI and breach into the barriers of 3D Cinema. Not only will your skills increase but your experience and knowledge for the film industry will grow exponentially.

On the website, linked above, they have given six reasons as to why students should apply to Ravensbourne; all of their lecturers have extensive industry experience, they also offer a wide variety of Work experience for their students so that they can get hands on experience with working in the media industry, and alongside that industry networking opportunities, alike Exeter College they have equipment that can be hired and used by any of the students to help with their film making so that nothing is impossible, which could help by working alongside industries and making short collaboration videos. And finally they have dedicated, focused and creative students.

The entry requirements for this course are shown below (taken from the website) – Just to tell the students what they need for the course.

“Five GCSEs (grade C or above) or equivalent (including English and Mathematics) and also to hold at least one of the following or equivalent UK or international qualification:

  • 2 A levels, grade C or above
  • 4 AS levels, grade C or above
  • 2 vocational A level, grade C or above
  • Level 3 Foundation Diploma or National Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma, grade C or above
  • International Baccalaureate, 28 points or above”

The key study topics that the course will look at is; Cinematography, Greenscreen and VFX, Directing Documentary and Production Management. So with all those in mind lets take a look at what students do during the 3 years.

YEAR ONE:
You will study: HD film production skills; broadcast technology; HD digital cinematography; HD post-production and digital post production effects; the film industry, and theory and context.

YEAR TWO:
You will study: directing for current and emerging film platforms; contemporary production and location management; shooting for green screen; CGI and for advance digital post-production effects; plus skills in creative collaboration, and dissertation preparation.

YEAR THREE
You will study: professional skills – documentary and factual production; advanced skills – advance HD digital cinematography; sound design for digital film production; major project, and dissertation.

At the end they have included a small progression tab explaining that if all of the above is successfully completed then you go on to work for an industry or business. I would like to apply for this course because of what I would like to go on to do in the future once I leave college however, when I keep looking around the page and find the price of the course it does set me back a bit and makes me wonder if I should take a small break in between College and further education to save money and increase my skills in camera work and familiarise myself more with an industry camera.

PERSONAL STATEMENT & MEDIA CV

Below you shall find my Personal Statement if I was going to apply for University,

From a young age I’ve been watching people on YouTube create short films, mostly Lego animations. And the more I watched them the same question would ring in my mind, how is that done? – So one day my step dad taught me the basics of stop frame animation and my passion for the media industry began from there. Currently I am a student in Exeter College studying UAL TV and Film, I’ve produced many short films and gained lots of knowledge from being behind a camera to becoming the director of a small production. My dream would be to go onto being a Cinematographer, being behind the camera shooting with interesting angles and getting to work with different, corporate cameras would be a pure delight.

If I was to choose one product that I am most proud of producing and still enjoy watching it to this day is the Sherlock Holmes Embalming Fluid recreational scene. I purely chose this film because I love Guy Ritchie’s interpretation on Victorian Sherlock and John Watson and I feel that it was a big enough challenge for such a simple assignment. Skills that I learnt during that assignment was prop, costume and set designing, and exploring more with the angles and techniques that Lionsgate used in the film, and how I can try to my best to replicate those angles. Communication skills grew alongside as this was the first assignment where I had to go to a company and ask if they had a certain location available to film in, unfortunately nobody had an old fireplace living room so we had to create and build our own.

My key strengths lay amongst being behind a camera, like I mentioned in a previous comment Cinematography is what I would like to go into and learn more about. I’ve always had a passion for smart and interesting angles that work well in films, such as the Matrix or popular TV shows such as The Walking Dead. Creativity is one that is always raring to ignite, due to my imagination always being so broad and open, it’s one of those things that I just cannot live without.

I currently work in McDonalds, nothing to really scream and shout about but it has helped me develop my communication skills more and to work in a team successfully. Currently I am producing a corporate video for Exeter College and BBC Radio 1 for a careers event, getting to have the opportunity to work alongside local Exeter businesses such as The Phoenix and The Bike Shed Theatre.

In my spare time when I’m not producing films for the College or my course I like to go back to my roots and create more small Lego animations. I have a YouTube channel with over 120 subscribers and videos showing range between skills. And looking back on old videos, with help from the College my skills have improved and you can see that from looking at my work. I have started to lean more towards Live Action films as they require somewhat less time and can always be interesting what could be the end result, and by adding a ‘Letter box’ layer on top of the film it really gives it that cinematic feel. Watching films and TV series’ is also a big part in my life during my free time, as it’s not only something nice to listen to in the background but when watching can be intriguing and hooking, making you want more. Which I feel is what every film or TV series should contain.

Alongside my Personal Statement I produced an up to date show reel showcasing all of my work that I have done throughout the year.
– Hope you enjoy!

CRITICAL REFLECTION

To wrap up this assignment, I’m just going to take a few minutes to reflect whether University is the way to go or an apprenticeship would benefit just as well.

To begin with, I started this brief with the idea of going to University but now after researching a bit more into different courses and what it is they have to offer it’s made me realise that I don’t really know as much as I would like to about the Media Industry or Industry cameras enough, which I want to become a Cinematographer it would be key if I knew a little bit more about Industry cameras.

But alongside that I just don’t feel ready nor confident enough to go into further education again, I’m currently on my second year of College and just got to grips with the system. I wouldn’t like to say I’m happy or unhappy about my choices but I’m just taking the time to get my bearings with ideas and what to do once College finishes. So far I’m interested in entering short film competitions and film festivals. After doing one not long ago with my friend Charlie it was a really fun experience having to produce a short film within a time span of just 48 hours. I would like to branch away from local film festivals and hopefully enter a few in London or somewhere else in the world just for the extra challenge of it.

Also – from looking at apprenticeships, I have liked the look of a few that I have chosen such as Channel 4 or the BBC placement scheme. So that is also an idea that I have in the back of my mind at the minute. For now however, I would like to focus my time entirely on my college work and produce more high quality films in my spare time. Gain more knowledge on different editing software’s such as Final Cut Pro 10 and Adobe After Effects.

Looking back on my self Audit that I did at the start of this unit I said that I would like to know much more about Universities and Apprenticeships and thinking about it now with all the research into the different courses that are out there and available made me think much more about what I could/ can do after college. I would still like to go to University but with only just thinking about it I think it may be wise if I looked at doing another course at College, perhaps photography as that is something I’m almost really interested in. Then I can have something to fall back on if cinematography doesn’t work out all as I had hoped it would’ve.

To conclude, university is something that I will go on and do but not just yet. I will look more into it next year when I feel I am ready, for the minute I would like to focus on all the College work I have going on at the minute and get the best grade I can. I will also be looking into more apprenticeships as a few that I have previously researched sounded like they packed a lot of information and experience and working for a media industry would be great practice into what I want to do later on in life. So nothing is ruled out just as yet. I’m going to research a bit more and give it a little more time.

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