The MA really helped me finesse my skills and hone in on what I really wanted to do with my life.
More about Michael
Current Job Title: Video Assistant (Internship), Nottingham Trent University
Why did you decide to do postgraduate study?
“I had completed my undergraduate degree in Media Communications and Promotion at Nottingham Trent University (NTU). I really enjoyed it, but felt as though I needed this extra qualification to get me into the field I wanted to be in. The MA really helped me finesse my skills and hone in on what I really wanted to do with my life.”
What made you choose NTU?
“I had completed my undergraduate degree here and loved it. I had looked at other universities, but NTU offer a 25% discount to current students who go onto postgraduate study – as I had to fund my Masters myself, this discount was really important.”
What did you enjoy most about your course at NTU?
“The staff and facilities! The tech team are incredible, they are such a friendly bunch and you learn so much by working closely with them every day. We had access to industry standard production and post-production equipment. Being able to use industry standard kit whilst studying really helped prepare me for life after university.”
What did you think about the course staff – include lecturers, tutors, administrators and technical staff within this. How did they support your learning and University experience?
“The tech staff were so great. They have all been in the industry before coming to NTU and brought a wealth of knowledge to what we were learning. Postgraduate study does feel very different to undergraduate; your lectures feel more like your peers and they are always there along with the tech staff to help you whenever you need.”
What did you think about the facilities available to you?
“The Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism has amazing facilities. There are sound rooms, plenty of editing stations and a fully functioning newsroom. You could not ask for better facilities to prepare yourself for life after university.”
How do you think the course, and having a postgraduate qualification, helped you to progress your career?
“Along with getting my Masters degree, what was really important to me was building up a strong portfolio. Showing that I could produce, edit and film not just documentary pieces but news and creative content too. I needed to show that my work was accessible across many platforms; the course helped me achieve this. I graduated with a great portfolio which helped me land the job I’m in now.”
Did you complete any work placements or live projects and if so can you tell us a little bit about them – where you went, what you did, and any skills you gained?
“As part of the course, we had to film a short documentary. I chose to do my film on Mahouts in Thailand. The two week shot took place over Easter and I had to organise, produce, finance, shoot and edit the piece myself. This process was such a huge learning curve for me. From gaining permissions to shoot on location to storyboarding a film from the other side of the world. It was an unforgettable experience and something I can truly say I am proud of. Being pushed to create something of high quality and seeing what my fellow cohort was producing meant that I wanted to go above and beyond. This documentary was so influential to how I act and hold myself in the workplace today.”
In a nutshell why would you recommend your course / NTU to someone looking to study in that area?
“You will gain the key skills you need to get a job in this industry. All while using industry standard equipment and being taught by people who have worked in the industry for years. Finally, if you put the work in you will come out of it with a portfolio you can be truly proud of.”
How has your career developed since leaving NTU?
“I am currently back at NTU in an intern position as a Video Assistant in the Digital Marketing team. I would not be here without my postgraduate degree and portfolio.”
What does your current job involve (day to day activities/projects)?
“I am a Video Assistant. I film, edit and advise on all things video to clients across the University. I am lucky enough to say that every day is different; I get to work on a variety of videos across the University. I am a leader in terms of content creation for the University’s Instagram account and I get to analyse and advise on the outsourced “hero” content we get produced by other companies.”
How did NTU help you get where you are today?
“Again, my portfolio was so influential to helping me get this role. I had freelanced and done some of my own work. However, the most important pieces were those I created during my time at University. It showed that I could create content across several platforms and I really believe this is why I am in the position I am in now.”
Were there any challenges along the way, and how did you overcome them?
“Working near enough full-time to fund my Masters whilst studying was a real challenge. This meant long hours editing and shooting after work to hone my skills, but in hindsight, it was worth it!”
Michael’s portfolio of work can be viewed on his website.