Do you need a degree to work in broadcasting?

Interviews with some of the most famous names in broadcasting from the 60s and 70s often mention how they worked their way up from the lowest rungs on the industry ladder. In recent years, this seems to have become something that less people talk about and this can be put attributed, in part, to increased specialisation in the various broadcasting mediums.

Today, the level of technology used and the different techniques and skills needed to produce top quality content means that having dedicated educational experience is a requirement for anyone wishing to pursue a career in film or TV production. But how do you get there?

Degree courses

A media degree from a provider such as Ravensbourne College covers a wide range of disciplines, allowing a basic grounding across a whole spectrum of roles. Usually a cluster of courses will offer the chance to become competent in various elements of production and broadcast regimes up to professional standards.

Knowledge is transferred by experienced industry practitioners both on staff and via visiting lecturers. Lessons are delivered in the form of traditional lectures and class-based environment while practice-based workshops, on-site visits to viable productions and even placements within the industry are all utilised too.

Specialisations

Of course, the number of ‘off camera’ roles in both film and television far outweighs those that appear on screen. Although there are some extremely well known academies and institutions for people who want to act, perform or appear in front of the camera in other ways, degrees for behind the scenes careers come in many different guises.

For instance, a BA (Hons) Digital Film Production course will reflect the changing nature of the UK broadcast and film landscapes by looking at cutting edge technologies and how they are applied in real terms. Ravensbourne’s BA (Hons) Digital Television Production degree is a groundbreaking course developed in consultation with various influential industry players including Sky, BBC, Channel 4, ITV and independent production companies and offers a real insight into the industry.

Technology

The UK is leading the way in the use of the latest developments in broadcasting technology, which is why major productions such as The Avengers second outing and the Star Wars reboot films are being made here.

A BA (Hons) course in Editing and Post Production gives professional standard competence in possibly the most important of all the different parts of film and TV production processes and demonstrates yet another path budding TV and media professionals can take to get the experience they desperately need.

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