What students from School of Film Media and Communications do while on Placement

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Learn more about what film, media and communications students do while on placement and how Creative Careers can help!

  • 04 May 2021
  • 5 min read

As part of the film, media and communications school the roles can be extremely varied. Many film students have secured a placement as videographers, digital content loggers and digital training designers. One student even had a role created just for them as a video media specialist which involved being a camera, lighting and sound operator all at once, alongside an editor.

As a videographer, your main responsibilities could include, running/maintaining the website, making and editing any videos, handing social media to increase audience outreach.This could be making product application videos/images or editing old promotional videos to fit the courses. One student had the opportunity to design online courses for new power tools, translating them and making sure all of the courses are ready for distribution by getting approvals from product managers, brand managers and training managers in different countries.

Media and Communications students have also secured varied placements.Placement students in the past have worked as editorial assistants where their job roles and responsibilities included pitching and writing blog posts, writing web copy, completing briefs for online content, choosing products for curated lists to sit on site for the customer to shop, working closely with designers and briefing them on templates, working closely with the social media team and sourcing assets and content for them to post, general admin, market research and basic financial admin including raising purchase orders for the team.

A writer's desk

As a writer, during your placement you will be able to compile a rich portfolio of published work.One student was given lots of opportunity to contribute to the various channels of the team, particularly on the business’ social media channels./p>

Another student, worked as a promoter; a promoter’s job is to speak to bands on a personal and business level and find out more about them whilst equally informing them of the company. When this conversation was had it was up to the student to decide what venue, genre and week of the night would best suit this band/artist. A successful show will open many other prestigious opportunities for the artist, ever-developing their fanbase and sound.

A student worked as a creative intern and her responsibility was creating promotional videos for on air and off air, social media assets and marketing reels for the UK and wider European channels. On a daily basis, she would watch the different channel content, come up with an idea and edit it to market a new programme, series of films or marketing stunt. She also acted as head runner on many different production shoots for their channels, while also filming behind the scenes reels for the social platforms.

Support from Creative Careers

Film, Media and Communication students have previously worked as a placement intern at  NBC Universal, Debenhams, Xerox, IMG and many more. Some student testimonials include “Creative Careers helped me a lot during the application process by helping me write a cover letter template and subsequent letters to certain larger companies, as well as helping me develop the design of my website” and 

“Creative Careers were incredibly supportive throughout my application. They arranged for IMG to come down and do a talk on the company and what roles they have to offer, from here I knew that I wanted to work for them. There was an open day at IMG specifically for Portsmouth students in which Creative Careers were a big part of organising. Here they showed what candidates would be doing.  Creative Careers then managed to guide me into creating a creative CV that was specific for the company and well presented”. 

To kickstart your career and gain these skills please contact us at creative-careers@port.ac.uk.

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