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Subject overview

This page provides an overview of options for those studying Media Arts subjects. You will find useful insights into the range of options available to you, tips on how to enhance your degree through relevant work experience and links to subject specific vacancy sites. This information is by no means exhaustive and you are encouraged to undertake further research in order to inform your decision making.

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Options with your subject

The following information is applicable to both undergraduates and post-graduates of media arts subjects. It contains information on popular career options and vacancy sources, although there are many more options both related and not directly related to your subject that you could consider.
 
Prospects has a useful overview of the media sector, which is a useful starting point, including information about jobs relating to your degree, main areas of employment, skills gained on your course, further study opportunities and useful contacts and resources.
The Media community  on Prospects provides careers advice, a job search facility and other features.
 
Media Arts graduates have a wide range of opportunities available to them and the Prospects profiles below indentify the most popular of these. However, the two factors that will be crucial to your success are thoroughly researching your chosen career area, and making contacts through networking. 

Job profiles from Prospects

 Other options

Self-employment is a popular option, see our Business Start-up pages for more information about going about this and help available from the Formation Zone.

If you are considering moving overseas, then see our Working Abroad pages.

Further study

In order to further develop your skills or knowledge of a particular area you may wish to consider postgraduate study, however, in addition to being hard work, postgraduate study can be very costly, so it is an option that you should consider carefully. Before you make the commitment, make sure that you thoroughly research the occupation that you are considering, try to get as much relevant experience as possible, and look especially for courses that will teach you practical skills and which offer placements.

Skillset is the Sector Skills Council for Creative Media. It has a careers advice helpline for specialised media career advice. Its website is a great resource for finding relevant information about qualifications and funding and it includes a searchable database of courses

The BJTC (Broadcast Journalism Training Council) website includes a list of accredited courses , careers information about getting into broadcast journalism, information on funding , and student awards .

You may also wish to look at some of the big media training providers such as:
Cyfle a national training provider for the T.V. Film and Interactive Media Industry in Wales
NFTS (National Film and Television School) offer short-courses, diplomas and MA courses

For more information, including funding advice, please see our Further Study pages.

 Work experience

It is a good idea to spend your time at university gaining as much work experience and commercial awareness as you can. This can be done in a variety of ways:

The large broadcasting organisations often have training programmes to help people get into the industry. See their links in the next column.

Think laterally and be proactive about finding opportunities,  such as contact film schools and offer to help out with student productions, look for work in a facilities house. You’ll find contact details on yell.com

Try getting involved with the Students Union clubs and societies such as: CamCru, Journalists’ Society

Network with potential employers and others in the industry by making use of careers fairs, such as the Arts Showcase and other employer focussed events. 

Further information and vacancy sources

The following  links provide information on the professional bodies associated with the Media industry and vacancy sources which can be used in your search for work experience and graduate jobs. Media Arts graduates are employed in a wide range of jobs resulting in a wide range of vacancy sources. However, these links are not exhaustive so you are encouraged to do your own research.

For those interested in photography, please look at the Photography subject pages.

A C M jobs (Arts Culture Media Jobs)  listing company
Art Quest
Arts Council England has a vacancy section called "Arts Jobs" where you are able to receive job bulletins by email
Arts Hub enables subscribers to search jobs in the arts
Arts Job Finder section from Arts Professional
BBC Careers enables you to search for jobs
bima (The British Interactive Media Association)  trade association 
Brandrepublic vacancy board for advertising, marketing, media and PR jobs
Broadcast Jobs weekly trade magazine for the UK TV and radio industry with news, events and jobs vacancies
Channel 4 displays current vacancies in its departments Channel 4 Talent  details training programmes to help you get into the industry
Creative Boom online community and magazine
creativepool.co.uk  online CV and portfolio site for the creative industry.  There is also a job search facility 
Grapevinejobs a good source of jobs in the music, broadcast and film sector
itv Careers  national and regional jobs
mandy.com international film and TV production jobs directory
MediaWeekJobs jobs board for the media industry
Media Volt social community site (including vacancies and auditions) for those in, or trying to break into the industry 
StartinTV.com enables subscribers to receive help in getting started in TV. 
Top TV Academy  subscribers can access a wide range of TV production information e.g. workshops and coaching sessions. 
International Arts & Artists  helps students and graduates to find placements in America
 

Speculative approaches and online networks
Productionbase site where you can upload your profile and portfolio and look for jobs in television and film.
Shooting People networking site for people in, and people wanting to get into, independent film.  Great place to find work experience, an audience for your work and information on what's happening in the film industry.

Directories
Creative Review Handbook contains contact details for agencies and individuals working within a wide range of categories including illustration, photography and the media
KFTV Production Services Handbook  -directory containing essential information to organising your shoot, including details on equipment, rental, production services, and much more
The Knowledge Online  directory containing listings to film, television and advertising companies and freelance crew
The White Book A to Z Directory for event organisers
Writers and Artists Yearbook  directory of contacts, practical advice and information for writers, artists, playwrights, designers, illustrators and photographers. 

Sign up to our vacancy website Gradsouthwest to help with your job search, and visit our Job searching pages.
 

If having read these pages you are still unclear about the possible career areas that you might be suited to, please visit the Need direction? pages,or come in and talk to a member of the Career Gateway team. An appointment with a Careers and Employability Adviser is also available.