The whole issue of Media at UniWatch
okay, it's not too hard a degree to pass, lets face it. but creating you're own movies, making them thoughful and artistic so they appeal to people and make them enthralled in the plot, that is hard. a first in media shows dedication and enthusiasm, just like a first in any other subject. i feel sorry for the people genuinely interested in the subject who's degree is constantly belittled due to the majority of people just taking it for an easy ride.
I want to do a journalism degree but I'm worried about the exact same thing - people thinking it's a doss subject and me not being able to get a job out of it. I got AAC in my Jan exams (I'm in year 12 and I'm retaking the C as I was predicited an A) so I'm not thick either, but I'm worried that if I do a journalism degree then people will think I am. I'm even thinking about maybe doing English instead now, just because people take it more seriously.
Ok, you remember, there was this long thread debating whether media should be studied at uni or not. Before I read this, I had been so happy I got an offer from Royal Holloway to read Media Arts, jumping all over the place and hugging everyone passing by, cos I had always wanted to get into Media industry, and believed that media dept at Uni would be an ideal thing to do to pursue my passion. But ever since I read many posts denouncing media, that it couldnt lead you to a media career, and that its a complete waste of time, I have been so shocked, and despiritualised that I actually ended up seeing a psychiatrist. I aint kidding, thats how sensitive I am. Well, now I've gottn over it, since I KNOW that media is a highly respected subject in Japan and Germany (where I'm willing to get employed in the future), and is studied in many prestigious unis in Japan and Germany, producing a great number of students getting into media industry. These facts reassured me, so I no longer care whether British people think of it as a proper subject or not, because their perspective seems to be a lot different from that of the rest of the world. The only thing I'm concerned about is my uni life. Before reading those threads I had fantasised about a new happy British uni life, but now I'm afraid that lots of "traditionalists" in England are going to persecute or ostracise me just for being a media student. I am not trying to pick quarrel with anyone here, I love Britain and British people, thats why I chose to study there, but if I'm not gonna be respected as a uni student, the next 4 yrs would be a nightmare for me. Also, why do ppl immediately think media is an easy subject? Is it because the media studies in A-levels is easy? Or is it because low unis like TVU adopted so many media departments? I dont want ppl to think I'm a thick person, I have been predicted straight As and am planning to do Masters, and the offer from RHUL for media is ABB. I just feel so uneasy, I keep tossing about in bed every night, and worrying my parents. Until several weeks ago, happiness had dominated my heart and now its just misery and anxiety!!!!
Hewins, I'm still trying to figure out what you study at the LSE. I suspected Media until I read the above. Wish to shed any light?
It's history of ideas (doctoral), political theory-I won't say which department, too close to home...before that I was at a certain rather boring Oxbridge college...
Getting a degree in Journalism is NOT, I repeat NOT a waste of time!!! it deals with media law, media history, media ethics, shorthand, politics etc.
You need to be able to understand the world for yourself in order to articulate it to the rest of the world in a way they can understand.
Many newspapers such as The Times etc would **** off a journalism or Media degree, however magazines like Smash Hits employ journalism degree students all the time. One of their editors had a degree in journalism!!!!
A lot of it depends where you go, everybody gives this impression that Bournemouth has the best reputation, in some ways it does everybody that goes to do a mediaesque degree there has straight A's. Not necessarily in the subjects, they don't take you on writing ability whatsoever!
Other places like Cardiff are not as good for an Undergraduate degree, postgrad yes and they have built up a slight prestige around it.
Another place is London College of Printing (or Communication as it is known now), it's basically Rupert Murdock's "pet" school. Every year he buys them new computers, new editing suite material etc all for the media department and they are well known for being very employable (I am going here myself to do Journalism).
The bad press is from the press, the people who's jobs would be threatned were degrees in media and journalism to become "good".
Don't listen to what others say, if you want to do it then DO IT. Going to University isn't all about having a secure job at the end, it's about learning about life and other transferable skills. Empathy etc.
If media is your bag, like me, just do it and don't listen to anybody else that tells you, you won't get a job!!
also no one will victimise u 4 doing media!!!! it is now a well respected course to be doing. and countless jobs avalable from media.
so don't worry and enjoy(well try!) to enjoy ur course!
Hewins, have you read Richard Dawkins’ theory of memes? He asserts that certain ideas can become mental viruses that, like genes, use man to replicate themselves, even driving us to attack others who hold opposite memes. Ideas can thus autonomously seek their own survival and use us for their benefit. David Bohm has also written about how systems of thought can autonomously enslave man, effectively creating mental prisons.
What do you think of such a notion?