It’s the oldest cliché in the book that a media or filmmaking degree is the epitome of a navel gazing, time wasting university education. But to take a step back and genuinely think about the importance of an education in filmmaking, it really isn’t so bad. In fact, we think that a film degree actually gives you a ticket into a growing industry, or alternatively gives you the skills to go and ply your trade elsewhere. Read on and find out some of the wider benefits of learning about understanding and creating film.
A filmmaking degree doesn’t just teach filmmaking
It’s not just learning how to shoot a film that gives a filmmaking degree importance. While we do believe there are more jobs than ever before in media and film, a filmmaking degree can help you into other careers because of the skills that it develops in you, above and beyond simply ‘creativity’.
First things first, studying the creative process gives you an eye for detail that not many other pursuits do. Shooting films requires a level of skill and attention to detail in a thousand different ways: selecting shots, backgrounds, costume, lighting and so on means making a thousand decisions and choices in every second of film.
There are also the points of persistence, because shooting films takes a whole lot of time and effort, and the fact that telling a story or sending a message to your audience can improve your wider skills of persuasion and communication. These skills are useful not just in the film industry, but in jobs from sales and advertising to working in public services. A film degree gives you these skills.
Media is becoming easier to make and easier to access
Back in the 1920’s, commercial radio broadcasting wasn’t available all day. You could only tune in at certain times of the day, and when you did, you might be treated to a light opera like the HMS Pinafore. Fast forward a few decades to the advent of television and ‘pop music’: you might only be able to hear it on pirate radio, but the three minute catchy song had arrived, as well as the all day, every day TV broadcast.
Today, media surrounds us. Music, movies and the written word envelop us, and not just on their terms but on our own. We can pick and choose what to listen to and what to watch at any hour of the day or night. Whether that’s a good or bad thing depends on how much of a cynic you are! What we can all agree on, however is that entertainment is more widespread and more popular than ever.
And because of the entertainment explosion we’re living through, a film degree gives you value and a chance at a career in media. We won’t lie and tell you that jobs in the industry grow on trees, but bear in mind that there only used to be two, then three, then four TV channels; at some point in the past, there was no such thing as YouTube. Opportunities are more abundant today than ever before.