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June 09, 2008
Media Production Degrees and Courses
Please note that the general entry levels for this kind of course are lower than for Media Studies or Media Studies and Production Degrees. These courses emphasise the "skills" element of production. This tends to mean that the type of work that you enter into afterwards is lower paid than other work within the industry. With large numbers of media production courses coming on stream all the time you need to be questioning whther the jobs market will be flooded with Media Production Degrees. If it is then pay rates will probably be lower and the contracts less secure. As you will probably be taking on board debts to complete the course you must be convinced that you will be able to repay these in a reasonable lenght of time to make the course worth pursuing.
Göering the loutish Nazi commander of the Luftwaffe (German Airforce) once said "When I hear the word Culture I reach for my Pistol". I tend to think the same about the way "skills" are being pushed for almost everything. You are strongly advised to enquire very carefully about job prospects and ask for evidence of pay rates from typical jobs in the industry. There may well be a case for saying that the media industry is looking for technicians as fodder and avoiding paying for training their employees. Remember as you are paying a lot for your training you are justified in asking what you are likely to get back in the longer term. You may well be better off working for higher grades in your A levels so that you can get on a course which offers more flexibility. Having said that a lot of these courses look like great fun.
At the end of the day it depends what you are looking for and how much you are committed to the course. I have no doubt that there are sojme very well paid media production professionals out there. However ask yourself this: Why, if the field is so promising careerwise, are there people teaching this at relatively low salaries in universities?
The list below is not comprehensive and more will be added in due course. As much as anything this is to give you a flavour of what is going on in a range of course across the country.
Some Media Production Courses UK in Alphabetical Order
Liverpool John Moores University. Media Professional Studies with Television
Sheffield Hallam. Film and Media Production.
University of Hertfordshire. Media, Design and Production (Foundation Degree)
University of Hull.Digital Media Studies.