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    So I've got a tricky dilemma on my hands right now, and was wondering if anybody studying in the general Filmmaking area could help me out on this one. Should I focus on my main interest in film (editing and post production) straight away, or study film in general in order to have more options at the end of it.

    I have narrowed down my offers to two Uni's. Ravensbourne in London, who are offering an Editing and Post Production course. Or the University of Gloucestershire, where I would study Film Production.

    The course at RB is exactly what I am looking for. Learning how to edit, with optional modules on VFX and Motion Graphics. Their facilities are great too, and they have fantastic links to the UK industry. However, I feel if I specialise in editing at this stage, I would have less options later on, as my final goal is to edit bigger budget movies abroad. Because although the Uni has good links to the BBC, I don't know how a degree in Editing and Post Production would look to an international film company, looking for editors. The industry is renowned to be incredibly competitive, and I feel someone with such a specific degree wouldn't hold a candle to someone with a much broader qualification, covering the entire industry.

    So naturally, I'd choose Gloucestershire in a heartbeat right? I mean, the course is renowned as one of the best Film courses in the UK, and is incredibly hard to get on to, and I feel it would be a bit of a wasted opportunity to give it up. But I have fears for how the course works. Naturally, you are required to work in groups, and I'm afraid that I'll never be picked for the role of editor in our projects throughout my time studying there, giving me no opportunities to improve my skill as an editor. I know it's a bit narrow minded to have decided on my favorite aspect filmmaking so early on. But I've been studying/making films for almost 4 years now, and I've been certain editing is the right area for me for over 2 years now.

    If anyone studying at Glos could give me any extra info from experience on how they treat the individual aspects of filmmaking, and specialising in those, that would be really helpful. And anyone who knows a little more about Ravensbourne could really help too, as I unfortunately couldn't make it to any of their open days.

    I have a couple of issues with each Uni though. RB recommends I buy a 1.5K+ macbook to work on, which would be a huge chunk out of my student loan, on top of the price of living in London. And I heard that the course at Glos is incredibly intensive, and spare time is a rare commodity. Not that I'm not prepared to put the work in, I'd just like to have some time to catch up with friends and family. I also heard their internet policies are pretty tough, and the connection is rather slow. But these are just minor hindrances, I'm mainly interested in the courses at offer.

    Thanks for reading through this anyone, any feedback would be helpful right now.
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    So I've got a tricky dilemma on my hands right now, and was wondering if anybody studying in the general Filmmaking area could help me out on this one. Should I focus on my main interest in film (editing and post production) straight away, or study film in general in order to have more options at the end of it.

    I have narrowed down my offers to two Uni's. Ravensbourne in London, who are offering an Editing and Post Production course. Or the University of Gloucestershire, where I would study Film Production.

    The course at RB is exactly what I am looking for. Learning how to edit, with optional modules on VFX and Motion Graphics. Their facilities are great too, and they have fantastic links to the UK industry. However, I feel if I specialise in editing at this stage, I would have less options later on, as my final goal is to edit bigger budget movies abroad. Because although the Uni has good links to the BBC, I don't know how a degree in Editing and Post Production would look to an international film company, looking for editors. The industry is renowned to be incredibly competitive, and I feel someone with such a specific degree wouldn't hold a candle to someone with a much broader qualification, covering the entire industry.

    So naturally, I'd choose Gloucestershire in a heartbeat right? I mean, the course is renowned as one of the best Film courses in the UK, and is incredibly hard to get on to, and I feel it would be a bit of a wasted opportunity to give it up. But I have fears for how the course works. Naturally, you are required to work in groups, and I'm afraid that I'll never be picked for the role of editor in our projects throughout my time studying there, giving me no opportunities to improve my skill as an editor. I know it's a bit narrow minded to have decided on my favorite aspect filmmaking so early on. But I've been studying/making films for almost 4 years now, and I've been certain editing is the right area for me for over 2 years now.

    If anyone studying at Glos could give me any extra info from experience on how they treat the individual aspects of filmmaking, and specialising in those, that would be really helpful. And anyone who knows a little more about Ravensbourne could really help too, as I unfortunately couldn't make it to any of their open days.

    I have a couple of issues with each Uni though. RB recommends I buy a 1.5K+ macbook to work on, which would be a huge chunk out of my student loan, on top of the price of living in London. And I heard that the course at Glos is incredibly intensive, and spare time is a rare commodity. Not that I'm not prepared to put the work in, I'd just like to have some time to catch up with friends and family. I also heard their internet policies are pretty tough, and the connection is rather slow. But these are just minor hindrances, I'm mainly interested in the courses at offer.

    Thanks for reading through this anyone, any feedback would be helpful right now.

    Hi there,

    First of all can I start by saying that both courses are good and both universities have great reputations in this sector. No matter which you pick I am sure you will love life for the next three years. When I went to the University of Gloucestershire they said to me why don’t you keep it generic and then specialize as you go through the three years, otherwise you might be missing out on elements of the industry that you might have a talent or passion for. I know when I first started I was so head strong about becoming an editor for drama, but by the end of the course I was really into researching for documentary. But that was just my story and everybody is different. You might realize that when you’re put in that group scenario that actually you rise to the top of the class in another area of film making. To be honest everybody will tell you this, but media is all about team work and university will defeinetly train you up for that when you work in the industry so it is a fear you will need to overcome… but it’s honestly not that scary. Obviously you have been studying film making for four years so you have an incredible amount of experience already under your belt, but most people would agree that studying at university is completely different because you will be surrounded by lots of people who are equally as passionate about film as you, and at the University of Gloucestershire you get the opportunity to work with some incredible lecturers as well as the guest speakers they get to come in. all of these factors will shape you to become the film maker you are obviously destined to be. I studied television production but many of my friends did Film Production, but both courses on a whole are demanding because you are going to be encouraged to work to your best ability to produce content that is worthy of screen time. I personally felt the pressure because you want to make sure you make amazing quality, but you get out what you put in, so just make sure you make the most of your opportunities no matter what university you go to.In terms of modules at the University of Gloucestershire you do get some options like the VFX module and that will help shape you and demonstrate to other students where your passions lie. If you can show that you are willing to put the time in and that you’re excited about a particular role (like editing), then when it comes to group selection I am sure you will be fine.I hope this helps, but honestly if you have any other questions just post them below and I would be happy to share my advice.

    Jack
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    (Original post by SamDC128)
    So I've got a tricky dilemma on my hands right now, and was wondering if anybody studying in the general Filmmaking area could help me out on this one. Should I focus on my main interest in film (editing and post production) straight away, or study film in general in order to have more options at the end of it.

    I have narrowed down my offers to two Uni's. Ravensbourne in London, who are offering an Editing and Post Production course. Or the University of Gloucestershire, where I would study Film Production.

    The course at RB is exactly what I am looking for. Learning how to edit, with optional modules on VFX and Motion Graphics. Their facilities are great too, and they have fantastic links to the UK industry. However, I feel if I specialise in editing at this stage, I would have less options later on, as my final goal is to edit bigger budget movies abroad. Because although the Uni has good links to the BBC, I don't know how a degree in Editing and Post Production would look to an international film company, looking for editors. The industry is renowned to be incredibly competitive, and I feel someone with such a specific degree wouldn't hold a candle to someone with a much broader qualification, covering the entire industry.

    So naturally, I'd choose Gloucestershire in a heartbeat right? I mean, the course is renowned as one of the best Film courses in the UK, and is incredibly hard to get on to, and I feel it would be a bit of a wasted opportunity to give it up. But I have fears for how the course works. Naturally, you are required to work in groups, and I'm afraid that I'll never be picked for the role of editor in our projects throughout my time studying there, giving me no opportunities to improve my skill as an editor. I know it's a bit narrow minded to have decided on my favorite aspect filmmaking so early on. But I've been studying/making films for almost 4 years now, and I've been certain editing is the right area for me for over 2 years now.

    If anyone studying at Glos could give me any extra info from experience on how they treat the individual aspects of filmmaking, and specialising in those, that would be really helpful. And anyone who knows a little more about Ravensbourne could really help too, as I unfortunately couldn't make it to any of their open days.

    I have a couple of issues with each Uni though. RB recommends I buy a 1.5K+ macbook to work on, which would be a huge chunk out of my student loan, on top of the price of living in London. And I heard that the course at Glos is incredibly intensive, and spare time is a rare commodity. Not that I'm not prepared to put the work in, I'd just like to have some time to catch up with friends and family. I also heard their internet policies are pretty tough, and the connection is rather slow. But these are just minor hindrances, I'm mainly interested in the courses at offer.

    Thanks for reading through this anyone, any feedback would be helpful right now.
    Hey SamDC,

    I'm a 3rd year in Ravensbourne and I have a few friends that studies the course you wish to do. In terms of social life, I'm positive that you can have a fun time and still have time to do work. Social life here at Ravensbourne, I personally enjoy. We have an area for students to meet up and socialise which is where I met most of my friends. Others than that, we collaborate with other courses others than our own. We also have clubs and society groups that you can join, such as gaming society, fencing and many others!
    There will be an open day coming up soon so if you're available, you can still check us out (Our next one is on 23rd April click here to book!)
    You can check our other upcoming dates if you can't make it to that one. Click Here for the link!

    Hope this helps and feel free to ask any questions
    Kayy
 
 
 
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