05/07/2021

Categories: Film FX, Undergradute

Film Production Degree Potential Career Paths

Do you dream of working on a film set? Making a career in the film industry is one of the most exciting things you can do at undergraduate level, with many potential career paths.

If you have a passion for film and television, a film production degree could be for you. The BA Hons Film and Media Production course at the University of Bolton acts as a platform for a range of specialisms, leading to a number of different film industry jobs.

The programme covers a variety of skills within the realms of media production, and takes a hands-on, multi-disciplinary approach to modules, so you can get fully immersed into the filmmaking process.

Through practical projects and industry placements, students will develop their skills for the workplace, and our dedicated Employability Team is on hand to help you achieve your career ambitions, whatever they may be.

Here are some of the film industry jobs that you could apply for with a film production degree.

Film director

Being a director for movies and television programmes is one of the most sought after jobs in the industry. And while it’s competitive, there are many ways students can build their experience. From directing low budget short films to entering competitions, it’s vital to get your work out there.

Making a career isn’t always easy, but gaining experience, building your portfolio and growing your professional network are the best ways to get your foot in the door.

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Film/video editor

Working behind the scenes as an editor is one of the most rewarding jobs you can have. It’s not quite as competitive as directing, but it still requires a great amount of skill and practice (plus networking).

Editing comes with a lot of job satisfaction as it allows you to see the final versions of how scenes will look. The style of editing contributes greatly to the finished production, making your role a vital cog in the wheel.

Cinematographer

Our undergraduate course is a fantastic foundation for students to discover and build upon their specialist skills. If you thrive behind the camera, being in charge of cameras and the light crew could be the right pathway for you.

This role is ideal for people who are extremely visual, and also people who are good at coordinating different elements of camera, lighting and sound.

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Location manager

Are your organisational skills second to none? Are you comfortable with planning and schedules? A location manager is one of the most underrated film industry jobs, but without this role, film productions simply wouldn’t go to plan.

Logistics must be a strong point of yours, and you should have excellent research skills to be able to seek out new locations.

Runner/assistant

Remember, when making a career in the film industry, it’s important to start somewhere. For many aspiring directors and producers, this can mean doing a stint as a runner. It’s all about working your way up and making connections, so don’t be too proud to climb the ladder from the bottom.

A runner/assistant is one of the easiest film industry jobs to get, and is great for students or graduates fresh out of university.

 

To find out more about applying for the BA Hons Film and Media Production degree at the University of Bolton for September 2021, see the course page for full details.

Or if you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on +44 (0)1204 903 394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

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