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Hi! I'm struggling to know which university course I should apply for and which would be best for me. I'm not 100% sure what job I want in the future but my interests are: writing, taking photos and videos, animation, and childrens (middle grade) comics and books.
I've found a 'Media, Communications and Creative Practice' course which I thought sounded a good rounded course for me.
I thought a more varied course would be best as I don't know what I want to do yet rather than just studying photography or english etc.

I was wondering if anyone could recommend a course? and if people who have studied media/creative practice could let me know what they thought overall and what topics were covered.

I should mention that I am looking to study in the West Midlands but welcome any suggestions.

I would really, really appreciate any help! Thanks.
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I would recommend something like a joint degree with Creative Writing, English/English Lit., Photography or Media. There's a course in Leeds Film, Photography and Media, which combines these 3 subjects, but very hard to get in; moreover there are other joint courses in Leeds with Media too. In Lancaster, there's English and Creative Writing, Media & Cultural Studies and other joint courses. I don't know well any universities in the West Midlands, but you should look up the league tables and look for a good joint degree with your preferred subjects. I would suggest going to the open days too.
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if you enjoy writing and middle grade books/comics you could also look into a creative writing degree with interest towards children’s literature? don’t know about west midlands but goldsmiths has one of those courses.
i’m going into media and communications this september, but if i had an actual writing routine i would have given creative writing a try too :’)
your best guess would be to look up different humanities courses and read through their modules! go for what inspires you
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(Original post by louise0097)
Hi! I'm struggling to know which university course I should apply for and which would be best for me. I'm not 100% sure what job I want in the future but my interests are: writing, taking photos and videos, animation, and childrens (middle grade) comics and books.
I've found a 'Media, Communications and Creative Practice' course which I thought sounded a good rounded course for me.
I thought a more varied course would be best as I don't know what I want to do yet rather than just studying photography or english etc.

I was wondering if anyone could recommend a course? and if people who have studied media/creative practice could let me know what they thought overall and what topics were covered.

I should mention that I am looking to study in the West Midlands but welcome any suggestions.

I would really, really appreciate any help! Thanks.
Have you looked into taking an art and design foundation diploma? They’re one year courses designed to be taken after A levels (or equivalent) and they include an experimental phase followed by specialism. It’s quite a good way to test whether you want to study something creative/design based full time before committing to a degree. If you do decide that you love it then you will have extra support and experience to help you applying for animation/film/photography degrees. And if it helps you realise that you’re more interested in scriptwriting/academic studies then you can easily apply for those sort of degrees afterwards instead.

Broad media type courses are not ideal for getting a job in creative industries. They’re often not accredited and don’t go into quite enough depth to prepare you for the industry. There’s exceptions but if you’re so undecided about what to study it’s really a better idea to take a year to try a few things out and narrow your options a little instead of hedging your bets on your degree choice.
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(Original post by louise0097)
Hi! I'm struggling to know which university course I should apply for and which would be best for me. I'm not 100% sure what job I want in the future but my interests are: writing, taking photos and videos, animation, and childrens (middle grade) comics and books.
I've found a 'Media, Communications and Creative Practice' course which I thought sounded a good rounded course for me.
I thought a more varied course would be best as I don't know what I want to do yet rather than just studying photography or english etc.

I was wondering if anyone could recommend a course? and if people who have studied media/creative practice could let me know what they thought overall and what topics were covered.

I should mention that I am looking to study in the West Midlands but welcome any suggestions.

I would really, really appreciate any help! Thanks.
Hi louise0097,

I agree with PQ, maybe think about doing a foundation in Art and Design. They are usually a free year and let you try out a bunch of different things before you have to choose one. I'm currently a Graphic Design student at Ravensbourne but I did a foundation before starting my BA. It was honestly one of the best year I had in education. I did mine at Ravensbourne so I was able to meet people from the BA courses as well as people doing their Masters. Apart from the different people that I met I also developed my design style and found out what I liked to do at university level. I have a friend who deferred her English university course to do a foundation and later on decided that she wants to stay in the design and media field doing motion graphics. She was able to turn her love for writing into moving image pieces to tell her stories.

I would highly recommend doing it and also visiting different places for open days to see how they are.

Although Ravensbourne is in London I would still recommend you check us out as we are a specialist digital design and media University focusing on industry and collaboration.

We also offer a BA Illustration for Communication course I thought you might like.

I hope this has helped and if you have anymore questions feel free to ask,

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Hiya,
I don't know if this helps but I was in a similar situation at one point where I knew a few things that I liked but didn't know what course was best for me. I eventually chose Bournemouth University to study BA (hons) Communication and Media which is quite a general media degree allowing me to get experience and skills in different areas of the Media industry. I would be happy to provide more info about the course if you're interested but I would suggest that a general media degree sounds like your best option.
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(Original post by louise0097)
Hi! I'm struggling to know which university course I should apply for and which would be best for me. I'm not 100% sure what job I want in the future but my interests are: writing, taking photos and videos, animation, and childrens (middle grade) comics and books.
I've found a 'Media, Communications and Creative Practice' course which I thought sounded a good rounded course for me.
I thought a more varied course would be best as I don't know what I want to do yet rather than just studying photography or english etc.

I was wondering if anyone could recommend a course? and if people who have studied media/creative practice could let me know what they thought overall and what topics were covered.

I should mention that I am looking to study in the West Midlands but welcome any suggestions.

I would really, really appreciate any help! Thanks.
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Hey!

I agree with what other people have said and to consider doing a Foundation Diploma course for a year before going to university. The course is free to anyone enrolling onto the course before they are 19 years old.

However, if you are really interested in going straight to university it sounds like BA (Hons) Visual Communication would be the perfect course for you! You can read more about it here.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

Thanks
Belinda
(Original post by louise0097)
Hi! I'm struggling to know which university course I should apply for and which would be best for me. I'm not 100% sure what job I want in the future but my interests are: writing, taking photos and videos, animation, and childrens (middle grade) comics and books.
I've found a 'Media, Communications and Creative Practice' course which I thought sounded a good rounded course for me.
I thought a more varied course would be best as I don't know what I want to do yet rather than just studying photography or english etc.

I was wondering if anyone could recommend a course? and if people who have studied media/creative practice could let me know what they thought overall and what topics were covered.

I should mention that I am looking to study in the West Midlands but welcome any suggestions.

I would really, really appreciate any help! Thanks.
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(Original post by louise0097)
Hi! I'm struggling to know which university course I should apply for and which would be best for me. I'm not 100% sure what job I want in the future but my interests are: writing, taking photos and videos, animation, and childrens (middle grade) comics and books.
I've found a 'Media, Communications and Creative Practice' course which I thought sounded a good rounded course for me.
I thought a more varied course would be best as I don't know what I want to do yet rather than just studying photography or english etc.

I was wondering if anyone could recommend a course? and if people who have studied media/creative practice could let me know what they thought overall and what topics were covered.

I should mention that I am looking to study in the West Midlands but welcome any suggestions.

I would really, really appreciate any help! Thanks.

Hi Louise, just to pick up from Belinda's comment. I'm currently studying BA (Visual Communication) at Leeds Art University and just about to enter my final year. If you have any question regarding the course and the uni, please don't hesitate to ask.
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Hi,

I totally understand the struggle of picking a course. I would just advise that when looking at the course make sure you study how you are assessed and the course structure to suit whether it fits you. As some people prefer more practical and hands on work whilst other people prefer written work etc. I would also recommend trying to get other kinds of creative experience like blogging, working with a professional photography, having a photography page etc, just to add something extra to your CV.
I currently go to DMU, and they do have a lot of joint honours courses ( English with Journalism, English with Media, Media Production, Media and Communication,Media and Drama Studies, English Language and Media, Film Studies and Media, Journalism and Media,Photography and Video) to cater for all of your interests but like I mentioned above the one you will pick would just depend on whether you like the practical or the more written.
(Original post by louise0097)
Hi! I'm struggling to know which university course I should apply for and which would be best for me. I'm not 100% sure what job I want in the future but my interests are: writing, taking photos and videos, animation, and childrens (middle grade) comics and books.
I've found a 'Media, Communications and Creative Practice' course which I thought sounded a good rounded course for me.
I thought a more varied course would be best as I don't know what I want to do yet rather than just studying photography or english etc.

I was wondering if anyone could recommend a course? and if people who have studied media/creative practice could let me know what they thought overall and what topics were covered.

I should mention that I am looking to study in the West Midlands but welcome any suggestions.

I would really, really appreciate any help! Thanks.
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