In this video I explain how to decide wether a degree in film and TV is necessary for a career in the industry, pros and cons of University life such as student finance, social life, and deciding on a course. I also talk about marketing yourself so you stand out among all the other applicants!
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hi everybody welcome back to my channel in today's video I wanted to talk about studying film and television at university because it is a big decision for a lot of creative young people out there whether they want to go to university to study film and as I myself study television production course I thought that I could offer you some advice if you're hoping to do the same in this video I am going to cover if you actually need to study a degree to get a good career in film what courses and what universities you should be looking out for on how to find the right course for you and how to make yourself stand out in the crowd and ways to get your name out there and a HobNob stuck in my throat I wanted to start the video by addressing the elephant in the room which is the assumption then you don't actually need a degree and fill up my consolation to have a good career in film and television and that is 100% true so people can go straight from school or day levels or college into a trainee role or a placement or an internship with a really good media company and I can be there starter point and other people go to university get a degree spend three or four years of their life and a lot of money on a degree and end up applying for the simulations that you could apply for your school or shader to college the thing to bear in mind is that whether or not you go to university we're all going to start at the same position we're all going to start off those runners interns unpaid work experience people junior researchers it's just the way it is with this industry unless you're seeking so really the decision whether or not you go to university to study at the moment television is completely up to you and I'm going to tell you a couple the pros and cons about University and by university lightning and why you should or should not decide for me partly based on your home personally of your own career aspirations a little bit about me just to contextualise this I am suckier be a television production student studying in Bournemouth and I'm absolutely not that I had to fight for my place here I got rejected straight after my levels with an external TVs and I I knew I wanted to come to Bournemouth so I went off and I did a foundation to build my own arm design which I got a distinction in what we got my creative juices flowing and helped me to see that this is what I want to do I got accepted after that with an unconditional offer which is fantastic and I came over and I started my degree in media production I hated it it was so stressful that was what I wanted to do I knew I wanted to work in television and film I didn't want to be making websites I didn't want to be making radio broadcasts so I had to swap courses which was a lot of stress and a lot of worry but now I'm happily studying television production and I couldn't be happier because the course is exactly what I wanted to study if you're passionate about film and television you need to research research the courses that appeal to you team for me there's nothing worse than arriving at university and you tired all excited about the course on spending the first year using it and have it to swap so do the research upfront make sure that you know exactly what the course is before you go into it so that you don't have any hard decisions to make when you are I the best way to do this I know your teachers or careers advisors are probably talking about this so much is the you guys website it has a lot of courses listed on it 99.9% of the courses in fact and if you type a film in television it will bring up all the information that you need related to those courses in every institution across the UK it's something that I didn't do enough for even though I had the first year research on the second year to research I didn't research enough and that's where I did my mistake don't get lured in by the descriptions on the university websites or in the brochures because sometimes that can take the course off to be something look at its reputation look at reviews from current students look at the ratio of theory to practical work because that is so important as well University is not just about the degree that you study I have to say that as well people who go straight into the media industry entry-level job in TV or film miss out on three years of fantastic life experience for me university is a chance to grow then I came to university when I was 19 years old fresh out of college still a naive teenager I since then I've roomed so much I've had so much life experience I've been through some terribly hard times and that is to be expected with University get to learn how to make bills for the first time in to mimic the house you have to manage your money how to survive Sanibel really stretchy but it's nice to push yourself it's nice to do something if you have the opportunity to go to film school or university do something that's going to really push you creatively something that's gonna make you work hard on balance a social life with and all the finance that comes along with it now I want some of the downsides to university which are many as I said the course might not be everything it's cracked up to be what if that's the key is you can change you can change courses is never too late you can transfer universities you can transfer courses where they haven't seen University and you're paying so much money to be there between these and accommodation costs and food costs and emotional costs you are paying to be there so you should be honest with yourself if you're not happy there do something about it sometimes problems can come up while you're at university like relationships issues with yourself you'd be like you can't cope with all the stress or the work but university is always have support available for you so if you're worried about going off to screen to place by yourself and not being able to make friends don't worry about that at all I was so socially awkward before I came to university and it's honestly made me into such an honorable person on such a more confident person and I feel so grateful for those first few weeks can be crazy but it's so worth it you might be worried about the debt that you're going to have I was worried about that too until I realized that I'm probably not really ever going to pay it back so if you've applied to university and you've gotten accepted that's amazing well don't make sure that you make the correct choice on the course on the University for you it's not anyone else's decision it is completely up to you and it is your decision to live with for three or four years so meet their I wanna no pressure now I want to how to make your son stand but this is really important especially when you're applying for universities we if you're applying for a film or TV course it's important that you have a youtube channel or a blog or some kind of social media space that showcases your work and your personality also it's just cool to work on stuff outside of school and I saw a college like a YouTube channel I love my YouTube channel and it's a really nice escape especially if you go to university it's something that you can continue to work on while you're there the next thing that I'm going to suggest that you set up is a LinkedIn account because LinkedIn is a really good professional social media and networking site which allows you to upload your CV or the projects that you've worked on photos from any productions that you've worked on and is a really really good place to meet industry contacts or if you have any specific strengths for example I bought camera operation on to my LinkedIn and other people who come across your LinkedIn profile Kim like thumbs up on those skills so that people can see of this person regular camera operation maybe I like them for my internship maybe I want them on my company I really recommend that you set it up similarly there is a new social media website for creative people and industry contacts called hive and it's fantastic and it's really like cool and quirky and it's different collecting because it's full of young people you into the industry I recently went to Chum for pop up day in Bournemouth which is fantastic and they set it all up through hive so if you want to stay up to date work opportunities in your local area or at the universities that you're going to go to check out hive link in the description box as well set up a profile you can be friends and of course I think if you want to get into fellow the TV particularly a show really is important even though some of the universities if you might not even want to show real it's good to have one to show people and to look at what you've created so far and say ok I'm good at this or I'm not so good at this or well I really don't have anything to show for a passion in film and TV passion is the most important thing passion is what will keep you seeing throughout your time at University and what will drive you to react uder more inspiring better projects so that is my advice for you if you want to go into film and TV at university I hope you enjoyed the video give me a thumbs up if you did be sure to subscribe to my channel if you want more videos good luck if you're going to university and I'll speak to you soon bye