A degree in film and photography provides you with both technical and transferable skills that could lead to a range of careers in the creative industries...
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
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Finding work in film and photography is extremely competitive and requires talent and determination. Building up a portfolio of work is essential. It is worthwhile putting your effort into building up a network of contacts, as networking is also crucial in finding a job. In university vacations, look for temporary work helping out wherever photographers or camera operators are at work, from your local TV station or newspaper to film companies, advertising agencies and photographers' studios. Major charities sometimes have places for volunteers or interns in their marketing department.
Television channels and other media outlets often have slots for showing amateur films and photographs, so use these to make your work known, and enter competitions whenever you can.
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.
Film and photography graduates enter technical, operational and creative areas, as well as taking on roles in support functions. Popular employers include:
Self-employment is a common option, with graduates taking on photographic jobs alongside other employment with the aim of developing a portfolio of clients. For information on setting up a business, see self-employment.
Opportunities may be advertised via company websites, recruitment agencies and in magazines and newspapers. However, these are sectors in which you are very likely to find employment through work experience, which allows you to develop and demonstrate your skills, and through personal contacts.
Studying film and photography develops a diverse range of skills including:
A range of MAs and postgraduate diplomas is available in the UK and internationally. These courses may help develop the skills needed for independent practice. As filmmaking and photography are very competitive fields, postgraduate study may demonstrate a level of commitment that could improve your employability.
Apart from specifically film or photography-related courses, areas of postgraduate research, study and technical training commonly taken up by graduates in this discipline include sound and light engineering, production, editing, journalism and creative enterprise.
Approximately three-quarters of film and photography graduates are in employment six months after graduating, with close to a fifth of these working as photographers, audio-visual and broadcast equipment operators. More than 10% are working as artists or arts officers, producers and directors.
Around 4% undertake further studies and just over 3% study and work at the same time.
|Working and studying||3.3%|
|Arts, design and media||33.9%|
|Retail, catering and bar work||26.9%|
|Secretarial and numerical clerks||8.3%|
|Marketing, PR and sales||5.7%|
Find out what other graduates are doing six months after finishing their degrees in What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
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