What students say about photography and film
I study media film production and it is a full-on, full-time course that requires your full participation. It is an extremely challenging course and although not all the content is interesting, it is all important. The workload is very practical - just one essay and no exams - and the rest is film-making and doing presentations, so it's great for confidence building.1st year, Staffordshire University
I do film studies. The content of the modules ranges from practical filmmaking to history, analysis, critical debates, etc. I found some modules particularly interesting and challenging - for example, auteurism, a thorough study of the concept of artist-author in film, which takes in the work of many critics and amazing European filmmakers.1st year, Queen Mary University of London
My degree in photography is quite specific compared to others and very independent in process. We have very few official lectures - usually once a week followed by seminars of discussion - for which we prepare with readings, summaries etc. beforehand. The guest lectures brought to our department (around four a semester) have all been exceptionally good, usually highly successful artists and photographers. Most of the work for us is fairly independent development of projects that is being discussed in regular weekly critique sessions together with project tutors and fellow students.2nd year, University of Brighton
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
- No Specific Requirements
Useful to have
- Design technology
- Media studies
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Video editor
- Broadcasting production assistant
- Professional photographer
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- Interactive media designer
- Marketing assistant
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What employers like about this subject
The study of photography and film will help you to learn a range of subject-specific skills, including the use of audio-visual technology; how to plan, develop and realise creative works and a grounding in the theory of photography and/or film. Transferable skills you can gain from film and photography degrees include communication skills, commercial awareness, self-motivation and flexible and independent working, and these skills are sought after by employers from industries such as film, publishing, television, public relations, photography, design, computing, education and the arts.