… is a question I was often asked when I told someone that I was doing Film and Media. If you’re wondering, too, what this degree covers, I can happily fill you in!
As it is a joint degree, I study 50% Film and 50% Media which perfectly suits me as I’m interested in both of these fields equally. By getting to discover two disciplines at the same time, I feel like I have a wider range of knowledge to gain. (Which is exactly why doing two “halves” sometimes feels harder than doing one “complete” course, but oh well.)
These two areas of study are related, but also different. Being different can be quite refreshing sometimes, to be honest. I mean, when I have too much reading to do about Public Opinion, suddenly all I want to do is writing an essay about Casablanca… or something like that. On the other hand, film and media often overlap and it makes things easier. After we had learnt about documentaries in Television Studies (media), it was pretty familiar when we discussed it in Realism and the Cinema (film) as well. Of course, media and film approach the same topic from different angles, so it’s quite interesting!
What I really like about my courses is that they balance theory and practice very well. You might ask: how does practice come to film? Well, in so many ways.
In my second year, for instance, I will have a module which is basically about small groups making a short film. (I have done it in my high school and apart from having great fun with it, I discovered how much hard work is included in the production of a 2 minute video…) Also, in the second semester of my first year, each week we got to meet a different field of film-related career. Because whether you are studying physics or arts or whatever, the matter of employment is essential, and here, this question is also dealt with.
For prospective students, I know how hard it is to make a decision what to study and where, so I really hope I could give you a bit of an insight into my course. If you have an questions though, please don’t hesitate to ask, I will be more than happy to answer!