Media, Communications and Film Studies

In your Media, Communications or Film Studies degree you will have developed a wide range of skills that will be useful in a number of work settings. The information below gives some suggestions to help you identify a career direction.

Popular career options

Many graduates are interested in entering the media. This may include working within:

  • Advertising
  • Digital media
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Film
  • Radio
  • TV

Roles are incredibly varied and cover a spectrum of areas including:

  • Artistic roles (eg. cinematography, story board artists, prop and set design).
  • Casting and locations.
  • Performing (acting, presenting, reporting).
  • Technical roles (camera work, lighting, sound, editing).
  • Production (planning and scheduling the execution of projects to meet deadlines and budgets).
  • Distribution
  • Publicity and marketing
  • Writing and journalism

Other options

The transferable skills you have developed through your degree make you employable for a range of careers outside of the media.

Media, communications and film studies graduates can therefore be found in a much wider spectrum of careers including: administration, social welfare, management, finance, IT, sales and marketing.

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What past students have done 

Some of the jobs that Media, Communications and Film Studies graduates from this university were in, 6 months after graduating, include:

  • General Assistant for a theatre, film and TV production company
  • Marketing Intern within education
  • Media Intern at a community TV station
  • Conference Organiser
  • Policy Writer within healthcare
  • Information Assistant at a hospital
  • Personal Assistant at a university
  • Support Worker at a charity
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Visual Merchandiser for a clothes shop
  • Receptionist for a charity counselling service
  • Sales Leader within retail

More information about career options

You may find our downloadable guides useful which provide information about where you could work, roles, improving your employability and job hunting.

Also see the occupational profiles on Prospects or the National Careers Service for more options and information.  

Mapping out a career direction

As you have chosen an academic degree that could lead to multiple career options, you will need to analyse carefully your own skills, values and interests and compare these with job options to identify career areas that might suit you.

You will also need to think about how you will convey your skills and abilities to employers in the career areas you identify and consider what else you need to do to boost your employability. This might mean undertaking further study, work experience or voluntary work.  

Identifying your skills

As an graduate in Media, Communications or Film Studies it is likely that you have developed the ability to:

  • Write for different audiences
  • Understand how the media portrays issues of a cultural or political nature
  • Think analytically, logically and critically
  • Articulate arguments and ideas in written form and verbally 

You may have also developed technical skills necessary for technical careers in the media (eg camera work, sound production, lighting)  

These are skills that all employers value, regardless of sector.

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