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Film Studies - using your degree

Introduction

Popular career areas for Film Studies students:

A degree from Scotland's first university is an excellent start to any future career. St Andrews has a reputation for excellence and the ability to attract the brightest students worldwide. With this as a starting point you are well on the way to impressing future employers.

Film Studies is a new discipline in the twentieth century - the department at St Andrews was only established in 2004 - however, the focus on film through history, culture, and society draws on multiple critical approaches and disciplinary foundations. A degree in film studies will prepare you for a wide range of career options. The multidisciplinary nature of your degree makes you a versatile graduate who is adept at adjusting to new developments and practices. Your abilities to research and create complex arguments about a range of texts, both visual and literary, are among your strengths as you enter the job market. Additionally, you will also develop more general transferable skills, all of which are highly valued by employers across all sectors.

There are many options for those wanting to pursue a postgraduate qualification in film studies, providing an opportunity to specialise in areas such as scriptwriting and professional writing. Postgraduate study can be an opportunity to develop your specialism, which can be more attractive to potential employers. Some jobs would also require a postgraduate qualification, such as teaching or lecturing. There is also the option to do postgraduate research in filmmaking.

Your film degree can enable you to enter a wide range of careers, including journalism, advertising, arts administration, film, marketing, public relations, publishing, TV & radio, and teaching, to name just a few. The skills you acquire in critical thinking, research, and communication can make you an attractive candidate across many fields, from retail to finance.  

Review your degree skills

The profile below identifies the skills that can be developed through the study of your discipline based on subject benchmark statements developed by UK higher education academic communities. It may help you to identify the valuable skills that you can offer to potential employers.

Where do our Film Studies graduates go?

Recent Film Studies graduates
Imagine Publishing - Production Editor IBM - Team Coordinator           CAMP - Centre for Advanced Media Projects - Self-employed photographer and media researcher
Paul Davis Restoration - Marketing Associate                      EDN Staff - Special Need Support Worker      
Graduates who are established in their profession

Warner Bros. Pictures "The Jungle Book" - Directors Assistant

National Archives of Estonia - Director at Film Archives

France Télévisions - Programs Negotiator

Vicky Clark

 

Vicky graduated in 2013. She is an Assistant Producer with IMG/European Tour Productions.

Read Vicky's case study

 Visit the Graduate Destinations page to see what graduates and postgraduates from your School are doing now.

Network with alumni

Many jobs and internships are not advertised.  One of the best ways to find out about these ‘hidden opportunities’ is by networking.  Networking can also help secure a job that is publicised or is part of a training scheme.  Your contacts can open doors, set up meetings, help prepare you for interviews, and provide you with an inside look at a company or industry. 

How to contact alumni

There are two main ways to contact alumni on-line:

  1. Saint Connect - brings together alumni and current students to facilitate networking, enable informal mentoring, provide industry discussion groups, and enable graduates and students to stay up to date with their student societies and sports teams.
  2. LinkedIn - most comprehensive resource to connect with alumni is the University of St Andrews LinkedIn – Alumni Tool. There are also many LinkedIn St Andrews Groups, mainly based on location, which you can join to network with fellow students and alumni, eg St Andrews North America Careers Link.

Postgraduate study/research

In 2014, 28.6% of Film Studies graduates went on to do further study.  
Advisers are able and willing to discuss postgraduate applications - vocational and academic. 

Summer internships/work experience

Campus Opportunities

Work experience is becoming ‘essential’ in the UK when it comes to securing graduate level employment.

During the 2015-16 academic year, more than 90% of the UK’s leading graduate employers offered paid work experience programmes for students and recent graduates. Altogether, 55% of St Andrews finalists had completed some element of work experience with a graduate employer whilst at university – much higher than the survey average. More than two-fifths had a part-time job during term-time and three-fifths had some form of casual vacation work. Source: High Fliers –The UK Graduate Careers Survey 2016.

Case studies

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