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Does anyone have any insights to this course? I just received an interview with them, and I'm not sure what to expect. Has anyone interviewed with them, and how was it?
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Does anyone have any insights to this course? I just received an interview with them, and I'm not sure what to expect. Has anyone interviewed with them, and how was it?
Hey Mjoy,

Congrats on your invitation to interview for the course! That's so exciting. :clap2:

I did my undergrad in Media Arts, and focused on Producing for Film and Television for my third year practical module. The tutors on the course are really phenomenal - they don't just want to teach you to get a degree, they want to train you to become producers. They have so much experience and really know their stuff, and they will go above and beyond to help you get where you want to go.

I was actually fortunate enough to sit in on one of the MA Producing classes during my undergrad, and it was really interesting. The project that the class had been working on showcased the level at which they were learning (I believe they had been working on a webseries), and the session ended in a discussion with Sarah Gavron, the director of Suffragette, which was so inspiring.

In terms of the facilities of the course, I believe the course is taught mainly in Bedford Square in London (such a nice place to be based for the course), but you also have access to Senate House library which is just around the corner, as well as all of the Egham campus facilities such as the TV Studio, the equipment, edit labs, and of course, an entire department full of eager directors, writers, and cinematographers.

I would imagine that Gillian will be running the interviews for the course, and she is fab. They'll probably want to know more about you, why you want to do the course, your ambitions, and possibly see some examples of work. Have you received any information about what they might want to see?

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Thank you, the facilities and faculty sound great! Do you know if most people live in London, if its primarily taught on that campus? and are there similar facilities at Bedford Square?

I'm an international, so I'll be skyping with Jonathan. I'm not exactly sure what they would like to see, I haven't been told anything yet, but my background is different than most. I focused on the financial aspect of this industry for undergrad while doing more creative work on my own, so I'm hoping that won't hurt my chances.

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Thank you, the facilities and faculty sound great! Do you know if most people live in London, if its primarily taught on that campus? and are there similar facilities at Bedford Square?

I'm an international, so I'll be skyping with Jonathan. I'm not exactly sure what they would like to see, I haven't been told anything yet, but my background is different than most. I focused on the financial aspect of this industry for undergrad while doing more creative work on my own, so I'm hoping that won't hurt my chances.

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Hey Joy,

I'm not sure where most people do live - I think some prefer to stay in London, but some would rather be in Egham, as it's closer to the main bulk of facilities and a bit cheaper than living in London, so I'd say it would really be whatever you preferred. I worked part time at a London based production company in my third year, which meant commuting between Egham and London and it wasn't that bad (especially with a railcard!). Which appeals to you more?

Johnathan is fantastic! He was the controller of BBC1, and has done some really interesting things in his career, so is such an interesting person to chat to.

You'd be surprised how many people I know that have gone on to study film who all had totally different backgrounds, and I'm sure that having a background in the financial aspect will work in your favour. Financing is such a big part of producing, and it's something that I'd imagine very few people have a background of when they come to the course! It's definitely worth considering why the creative aspect does appeal, and what it is about the course that makes you want to do it and finding things you've done which illustrate that. Even something like leading a group project and managing all the various elements can be related.

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Thank you, the facilities and faculty sound great! Do you know if most people live in London, if its primarily taught on that campus? and are there similar facilities at Bedford Square?

I'm an international, so I'll be skyping with Jonathan. I'm not exactly sure what they would like to see, I haven't been told anything yet, but my background is different than most. I focused on the financial aspect of this industry for undergrad while doing more creative work on my own, so I'm hoping that won't hurt my chances.

Joy


Hey, sorry to bother you, I was wondering if you choose to do this MA in the end and if so, if you can share your experience with me!
Thanks!
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I did get into the MA. It is the most incredible experience I can put into words. We work on real world projects, and everything is very hands on, its very demanding and time consuming, because your constantly working, but you get to meet and work with so many amazing people! Just to give an example, we are currently producing a web series and 2 weeks ago we were at the BFI working with directors and screenwriters for their upcoming films! Truly incredible, would definitely recommend to anyone who is interested.
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I did get into the MA. It is the most incredible experience I can put into words. We work on real world projects, and everything is very hands on, its very demanding and time consuming, because your constantly working, but you get to meet and work with so many amazing people! Just to give an example, we are currently producing a web series and 2 weeks ago we were at the BFI working with directors and screenwriters for their upcoming films! Truly incredible, would definitely recommend to anyone who is interested.
Hi! Thanks so much!
Can you explain me with more details how does it work?
And how about the interview?
Thanks again!
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I did get into the MA. It is the most incredible experience I can put into words. We work on real world projects, and everything is very hands on, its very demanding and time consuming, because your constantly working, but you get to meet and work with so many amazing people! Just to give an example, we are currently producing a web series and 2 weeks ago we were at the BFI working with directors and screenwriters for their upcoming films! Truly incredible, would definitely recommend to anyone who is interested.
Hey! Would you recommend the course to someone who would like to become a film director (or someone torn between directing and producing)? By the way, my BA is in Marketing and Advertising
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Hi my daughter is torn between Royal Holloway Film and TV or Westminster TV _ she just doesn't know what to do. She wants to be a director, producer or editor..... She enjoys All 3. She feels that TV is dying and it will be replaced by digital TV. SHE ATTENDED THE APPLICANT DAY TODAY AS IS SOOOOO CONFUSED HEELLPPP!
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Hi my daughter is torn between Royal Holloway Film and TV or Westminster TV _ she just doesn't know what to do. She wants to be a director, producer or editor..... She enjoys All 3. She feels that TV is dying and it will be replaced by digital TV. SHE ATTENDED THE APPLICANT DAY TODAY AS IS SOOOOO CONFUSED HEELLPPP!

Hi Shelby’s mum,

I completely understand how your daughter is feeling. When I was applying for courses I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do Film, Drama, or English and which one might help the most with career prospects.

I ended up picking Royal Holloway for Media Arts because I knew it would give me the opportunity to discover what I wanted to do along the way. In your first year you cover all aspects of a production process, so you get to try your hand at directing, producing and editing, as well as a whole range of things you might not have thought of before. I had friends who started the course certain that they wanted to be directors, and fell in love with set design, or sound recording, or documentary. In your second year you have the option to pick two practical courses, so you could go on to study producing, post-production, cinematography or something else in much more detail, and then in third year you’re able to specialise even further and take only one of those courses forwards. This is great because it gives you the time to learn where your strengths and passions are, and even if you don’t go on to take a specific course, you’re still surrounded by equipment and talented people so you can pursue those things in your free time. I specialised in Producing for Film and Television for my final year but still love writing and directing!

In regards to TV dying, this is actually something you might study during the course. Personally, I would argue that with high quality dramas such as Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Sherlock etc television as a medium is having a resurgence, and that the lines between film and television are blurring to become much less distinctive mediums than they have been previously. You could study how streaming services such as Netflix and Prime Video affect the film and television industries, and there are a few lecturers in the theoretical side of the course who really specialise in digital mediums. How this discussion relates to the practical side is interesting, because in courses such as producing or directing you really do learn to apply the skills you have to any medium, including some more digital focused stuff if you take courses such as Transmedia.

I chose to study Media Arts because I felt like it taught you not only the analytical skills required for research, approaching problems with a creative mind-set, and great team working skills (all very good things on your CV), but also because it taught you practical skills. Producing teaches you to foresee problems, manage huge teams, budgeting and scheduling to name a few things. Directing gives you the skills to communicate your ideas and to think fast to get something made. Cinematography students come out with a phenomenal understanding of cameras, lighting, and how to use the available equipment and technology in the best possible way. All of these skills are essential for pursuing a career in film, television, or digital media, but even if you decide along the way that there’s another career path you’d like to take, the skills you learn within film are transferrable to so many things.

Moving forwards, I’d recommend that your daughter takes the time to go through the different modules, course structures etc for the courses she is interested in and try to think about what might suit her best. Things like facilities, career opportunities, and location are all things that I also considered when picking the right course, because these are the things which will shape your job prospects upon graduation.

I hope that helps, but if you do have any more questions let me know!

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Thank you summer. She is going ti sit down at the weekend and hopefully decide xx Good luck with your future
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Hi Shelby’s mum,

I completely understand how your daughter is feeling. When I was applying for courses I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do Film, Drama, or English and which one might help the most with career prospects.

I ended up picking Royal Holloway for Media Arts because I knew it would give me the opportunity to discover what I wanted to do along the way. In your first year you cover all aspects of a production process, so you get to try your hand at directing, producing and editing, as well as a whole range of things you might not have thought of before. I had friends who started the course certain that they wanted to be directors, and fell in love with set design, or sound recording, or documentary. In your second year you have the option to pick two practical courses, so you could go on to study producing, post-production, cinematography or something else in much more detail, and then in third year you’re able to specialise even further and take only one of those courses forwards. This is great because it gives you the time to learn where your strengths and passions are, and even if you don’t go on to take a specific course, you’re still surrounded by equipment and talented people so you can pursue those things in your free time. I specialised in Producing for Film and Television for my final year but still love writing and directing!

In regards to TV dying, this is actually something you might study during the course. Personally, I would argue that with high quality dramas such as Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Sherlock etc television as a medium is having a resurgence, and that the lines between film and television are blurring to become much less distinctive mediums than they have been previously. You could study how streaming services such as Netflix and Prime Video affect the film and television industries, and there are a few lecturers in the theoretical side of the course who really specialise in digital mediums. How this discussion relates to the practical side is interesting, because in courses such as producing or directing you really do learn to apply the skills you have to any medium, including some more digital focused stuff if you take courses such as Transmedia.

I chose to study Media Arts because I felt like it taught you not only the analytical skills required for research, approaching problems with a creative mind-set, and great team working skills (all very good things on your CV), but also because it taught you practical skills. Producing teaches you to foresee problems, manage huge teams, budgeting and scheduling to name a few things. Directing gives you the skills to communicate your ideas and to think fast to get something made. Cinematography students come out with a phenomenal understanding of cameras, lighting, and how to use the available equipment and technology in the best possible way. All of these skills are essential for pursuing a career in film, television, or digital media, but even if you decide along the way that there’s another career path you’d like to take, the skills you learn within film are transferrable to so many things.

Moving forwards, I’d recommend that your daughter takes the time to go through the different modules, course structures etc for the courses she is interested in and try to think about what might suit her best. Things like facilities, career opportunities, and location are all things that I also considered when picking the right course, because these are the things which will shape your job prospects upon graduation.

I hope that helps, but if you do have any more questions let me know!

Summer
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Hi again.
Anyone who had any experience of this course with the application process.
Do you know how long should it take for your application to be considered?
Thanks ; )
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Hi again.
Anyone who had any experience of this course with the application process.
Do you know how long should it take for your application to be considered?
Thanks ; )
It really depends, I found out in the last week of March. Have you had your interview already?
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It really depends, I found out in the last week of March. Have you had your interview already?
Unfortunately not (can I ask you about it? Any suggestion?).
I have sent the application two weeks ago but I still have to send the IELTS results (I will have them the 9th of March) and my degree results (I will have them for the end of March).
I was wondering if they just contact you before choosing or offering you a place...
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Unfortunately not (can I ask you about it? Any suggestion?).
I have sent the application two weeks ago but I still have to send the IELTS results (I will have them the 9th of March) and my degree results (I will have them for the end of March).
I was wondering if they just contact you before choosing or offering you a place...
I wouldn't worry too much about your degree results, as long as you send them in before enrollment, should you chose to go there. Usually, the head of the media department will contact you about asking to schedule an interview. It took several weeks before I heard back for an interview. I had a deadline, which I told them about, so I was accepted into the program a little earlier than some, but its rolling, so I would stay positive.
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I wouldn't worry too much about your degree results, as long as you send them in before enrollment, should you chose to go there. Usually, the head of the media department will contact you about asking to schedule an interview. It took several weeks before I heard back for an interview. I had a deadline, which I told them about, so I was accepted into the program a little earlier than some, but its rolling, so I would stay positive.
Is the interview difficult? Do you need to prepare it? Sorry but it will be my first interview (if they offer me one!) and I am quite nervous about it.
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Anyone else who get a place at RHUL MA in Producing for Film and TV?
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Hi again.
Anyone who had any experience of this course with the application process.
Do you know how long should it take for your application to be considered?
Thanks ; )
My daughter submitted her choice early before the deadline in January and found out she had an interview about a week later. She got accepted within a few days. She just has to get the right grades now. Good luck x
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Anyone else who has received (and accepted an offer) for this MA?
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