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Media and Digital Industries
- There is a need for freelance workers to have wider business skills including marketing, networking and financial management.
- Working in the media sector can be very demanding. You may be required to work long hours and spend periods away from home.
- The vast majority of contracts are obtained by word of mouth so talent, ability and networking skills are paramount.
|Magazine Journalist||£12,000 – £65,000|
|Media Buyer||£18,000 – £26,000|
|Event Organiser||£18,000 – £25,000|
|TV Production Assistant||£14,000 – £30,000|
|Film Video Editor||-£18,000 – £70,000|
Annual figures have been rounded to the nearest hundred and weekly figures to the nearest full pound. Source: www.prospects.ac.uk
- Performing arts employment is focused within large cities, notably London. The film, music and broadcasting industries are similarly based in large cities, particularly London, Manchester and Birmingham.
- The expansion of digital media has created a need for highly specialised skills, particularly in the visual effects and film industry. Multi-skilled applicants are much sought after in media for their ability to understand different platforms of technology.
- Local newspapers are a good starting point for budding journalists, providing valuable experience and training.
- There are some large employers, such as the BBC, who offer graduate training schemes. Please see the useful contacts section to the right.
- Working as a freelancer in the media industry is now commonplace, a trend which came about during the recession and looks set to stay.
- Strong networking skills are a necessity when considering this course of employment.
- Aspiring filmmakers are strongly encouraged to use social media to self promote and should ensure they keep an up to date showreel.
Saul Fearnley is a TV producer and has worked as the Series Producer for Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two alongside other freelance production work. He left Blackpool Sixth in 1996 having studied English Literature, Language and Computing.
Ryan Mitchell left Blackpool Sixth in 2012 and now works at Sky as a Platform Controller. He took A Levels in Modern History, Media Studies and English Language.
- Skillset: The Sector Skills Council For Creative Media http://creativeskillset.org
- Arts Council England www.artscouncil.org.uk
- Equity www.equity.org.uk
- National Union of Journalist www.nuj.org.uk
- National Council for the Training of Journalists www.nctj.com
- BBC Work Experience www.bbc.co.uk/careers/work-experience
- National Film & Television School www.nftsfilm-tv.ac.uk
- 4Tallent http://4talent.channel4.com
- ITV Jobs http://www.itvjobs.com/working-here/apprenticeships
- Blackpool Sixth Creative Media Production YouTube site https://www.youtube.com/user/SixthMedia2012
Sources: http://creativeskillset.org, Prospects.ac.uk and www.gov.uk.
- Advertising and Marketing Communications
This pathway leads to careers such as advertising executive, brand manager, media planner, communications officer, market research and marketing communications roles. You will study A Level English Language or Literature and three other A level subjects. Subjects such as business studies, maths/statistics, media studies and sociology are recommended. For more design-related roles within marketing communications, graphic design, photography or other art and design subjects would be useful.
- Film Industry
Film Director, film/video editor, runner, programme researcher, TV camera operator, TV floor manager, location manager and TV/film/video producer are all roles that this pathway leads to. You will study BTEC Level 3 in Film and TV Production (Double) with another subject. A Level Film Studies is strongly recommended for film-making degrees. BTEC Level 3 ICT (Single) and/or an art and design course are also good choices.
- Games Design / Web / Multimedia Design
This pathway leads to roles such as game designer/creator, animator, web designer, multimedia designer. Recommended courses for this pathway include BTEC IT and/or Film and Television Production, A Level Graphic Design (or other art and design courses). For the more technical aspects of games programming, A Level Maths and Computer Science or Electronics are recommended.
- Journalism / Creative Writing / PR
This pathway leads to careers such as a broadcast journalist, commissioning editor, editorial assistant, magazine features editor, magazine journalist, publishing copy editor and PR officer. We recommend A Level English Language or Literature and two other A level subjects. Humanities and social science subjects such as A Level History, Ancient History, Geography, Law, Sociology or REP are particularly recommended as are Media Studies and Drama & Theatre Studies.