An introduction to studying Film and Photography at university. Including course and careers. Featuring the University of Gloucestershire and the University of Bradford.

Event Summary

This webinar is hosted by Jon Cheek, the Founder and Director of UniTasterDays. Guidance is provided for students to help them make good choices when considering university. The guest speakers for this event are Dr Julia Peck, the Academic Subject Leader in Photography at the University of Gloucestershire and Christopher Hazell, a Lecturer in Sound and Visual Production at the University of Bradford.

An introduction to studying photography at university
Julia explains how a photography degree is not just about making images, but it aims to build your creativity to ensure that you develop skills for the future.

This process starts at the very beginning of your university journey, where you will meet a diverse range of students and staff who you will work with as you progress in this field.

Photography at degree level is about learning new processes, concepts and engaging with experiments. Julia talks about the range of technical, practical and social skills you will gain on this course which are essential for you to be a photographer. She goes on to speak about how to market yourself for employers, and the industry contacts you will be able to access to gain work experience. When choosing a university it is important to look into the facilities that are available, explains Julia. She speaks about the range of modules on offer, the different ways you will be assessed on the course and opportunities to specialise in your chosen area. Finally, Julia talks about the variety of ways you can collaborate with others on projects, and the balance of practice and theory on the course.

University courses in film and television production – what you should expect
Chris talks about what sound and visual production are at university. He explains if you need to go to university to get into the film and television industry or if there are other pathways available.

He highlights the most important part of university for this sector, and the skills you will develop which are useful for employment opportunities. Chris goes on to look at the entry requirements for this course and what you need to take into consideration before choosing the right university for you. He goes on to speak about the difference between film and television and breaks down the structure of this course. At university you will learn about theory as well as completing practical work, explains Chris. Finally, he talks about the different equipment you will be able to access and careers you can go into after you graduate.

Session summary from Rubaya Zaman, an English Literature Graduate from the University of Birmingham.

Event Recorded: Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 14:00

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