We spoke to John Paul Green, a Film and Media Lecturer at the
University of Sunderland, about the nature of the course, and the skills students will learn throughout their time as a student.
What are the main benefits of studying a Film and Media degree?
The benefits of studying on this course are that you’ll be taught by some of the world’s leading figures in their respective fields. Our courses offer a strong range of modules, across film, media and cultural studies, with students being actively encouraged to critique and challenge existing media institutions. Our degrees are taught by members of the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, an internationally-recognised research centre established at the University of Sunderland since 2000.
What skills does your course give students?
Our courses provide students with transferable communication, critical and analytical skills essential in all fields of employment and further research. Students will be given a foundation to develop their confidence, enabling them to present their own ideas in a variety of ways. The course develops both individual and group-related work.
Why should students interested in Film and Media choose The University of Sunderland?
Our research-informed curriculum is constantly updated and refreshed. Students will be taught in a modern environment, where content is delivered both traditionally ‘in class’ and online. Our purpose-built facilities include a full-sized cinema and fully AV equipped seminar rooms. Sunderland itself has a rich cultural heritage and has strong links with current media and culture industries.
What do you look for in an applicant?
We are looking for students who are interested in, and who have a passion for, all aspects of the media, from television, radio and print, through to cinema, new media and social networking. We are looking for students who wish to develop their own critical awareness and understanding of the media, both historically and currently.
What jobs do your graduates typically go into? Do you have any notable alumni?
Many of our graduates go on to work in a variety of fields, including the media industries, postgraduate education, marketing, teaching, social networking and consultancy. The flexibility of our degree and the transferable skills it embeds provides graduates with a broad set of abilities suited to an ever-changing job market.
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