Why I chose Media and Creative industries as my degree
When I first applied for university courses, it made me very anxious. I felt like there was a lot of pressure to pick the best one as I’d have to spend the next three years of my life doing it. There are so many factors when it comes to applying to uni, what the course has the offer, the type of degree (BA/BSC), geographical location and entry requirements, just to name a few. I found media degree’s incredibly tricky to choose compared to when I was looking at other courses. They often have different names depending on the uni. It isn’t labelled as just media; sometimes it’s media and communications etc., and they vary in the departments they are situated in. This blog will try to explain why I chose ‘Media and Creative Industries’ at Warwick and why I still love it.
I knew I wanted to get some practical experience during my course, mainly because I knew how highly valued it is in the industry, but I didn’t want to decide what aspect to specialise in. Courses like Film or Photography felt too narrowed in, and I wanted to experience different sides of media production. I’m now a year and one term into my course, and it isn’t easy to count the different areas of media I’ve gotten to look at. Not only are the modules varied, but so are the people’s interests on the course; they managed to pick a great bunch of people who are interested/work in all sides of the industry. So already at the start of the course, I can speak to people in different sectors, or ask people to help in other areas for projects. Equally, not everyone has already decided what they’re interested in, so you can experiment and learn new things at the same pace. It also means you all can collaborate and bounce ideas off each other easily.
I also loved how you could do a bit of everything on the course in terms of theory, practical and industry. They’re good at encouraging and offering opportunities to do stuff outside of the course too. I recently filmed a VR short drama, completed a month-long work placement in a production company, and got a role in a production company started by someone on the course.
The course prepares you to make industry links. It helps how a lot of the lecturers are still involved in the industry. For instance, Dr Heidi Ashton worked on the choreography for the first season of Bridgeton, which in turn meant we got to have a call with one of the directors of the show. I picked Warwick because I wanted to go to a reputable University that would also offer me connections and skills at the end. Granted, it was slightly risky for me because it was the first year they were doing the course, but it just meant they especially tailored it for us. It’s also a perk with how small the course is. I’m not sure how many applicants they’re looking for in 2022, but for us there’s under 30, which is rare for a uni course and offers it’s own perks. All of the lecturers and my course members are super passionate about the creative industries, and it is a really great atmosphere to be in.