Film and Media Production

Opportunities in film and media are broad ranging and exciting but highly competitive.  Graduates will need technical skills, but will also have a range of transferable skills that can be utilised in a range of roles.  Getting the crucial first steps will be tough, but with talent and determination it is possible to forge a successful career. Those working in the Film and Media sector tend to be independent, creative thinkers and are often self-employed and/or in occupations involving project work and short-term contracts.

Sectors in the Film Industry

Development - the writing, packaging and financing of film ideas and scripts.
Production - the process of setting up and shooting every scene in a film.
Post Production - where all these shots are assembled, treated and mixed into a finished product.
Distribution - the process of selling the product to audiences, via the cinemas, retailers and rental firms.
Exhibition - the cinemas which screen the film for the general public.

(Source: Creative Skillset 2013)



Typically, a graduate in these disciplines will have developed the transferable skills and abilities to: 

  • initiate, develop and realise distinctive and creative work in various media
  • work flexibly and independently with self-discipline and self-direction
  • communicate - articulate ideas and information comprehensibly in visual, oral and written forms
  • articulate reasoned arguments through reflection, review and evaluation
  • work collaboratively with colleagues in order to ensure the best outcome of a project
  • set goals, manage their own workloads and meet deadlines
  • anticipate and accommodate change, and handle ambiguity, uncertainty, and unfamiliarity
  • apply resourcefulness and entrepreneurial skills to their own practice or that of others
  • employ materials, media, techniques, methods, technologies and tools with skill and imagination whilst observing good working practices

Career Options

Creative Skillset have a range of job profiles covering the film and media sector, further profiles can be found on the Prospects website.

Those working in the Film and Media sector tend to be independent, creative thinkers and are often self-employed and/or in occupations involving project work and short-term contracts. This means that it is essential that you are pro-active in your job search. In the 21st century the most efficient way of networking with others in the film and media industry is through social/professional websites. They are invaluable as a means of seeking out professional opportunities, showcasing your portfolio and keeping abreast of events and current issues affecting the industry. In addition to the more mainstream social networks such as FaceBook, LinkedIn and Twitter, there are many more that are creative industry focussed.

Postgraduate Study

A number of games design graduates will continue to develop their creative skills through postgraduate study. Information on options and funding can be obtained by visiting the websites of higher education (HE) institutions and check out the Further Study section

Current issues in the creative industry

The best way to keep abreast of the latest factors influencing or affecting the creative industries is to read regularly, specific trade newsletters and publications, and consult related professional organisations/associations. Employers will expect graduates to be aware of relevant current issues as well as the latest and forthcoming sector exhibitions and events. They are likely to assess your knowledge and understanding at an interview. In addition to area-specific skills it is very important that you are able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the commercial aspects of the work you are or will be involved in.






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