BA (Hons) Film and Television Production
During my degree, my tutors taught me invaluable lessons about the industry, including everything from producing a film to pitching a short film idea of your own. I learned the importance of expressing myself and my own opinions when working in groups with others. I found the importance of having confidence in your own ideas. Without my degree from the University of Hertfordshire, I would not be the same person I am today. I now consider myself to be a more confident person with enthusiasm, organisational skills, and an eagerness to learn, and I am ready to apply my skillset and experience to a career in film and television.
Emily A - Week at a glance
My week at a glance
Hi, my name is Emily and I have just finished my first year at the University of Hertfordshire on the Film and Television Production course.
On Sundays before the week starts, I like to go through the lecture slides and make any notes in the margins of my notebook to prepare for the lectures I have that week. I also do any directed reading at the weekend to get ahead. However, now that our lectures are online, I just listen to and make notes on all my lectures at the start of the week.
As my course is quite practical, we have workshops throughout the week, as well as seminars, so I always try to do a bit of extra reading before those sessions to prepare.
My friends and I also work on our own film projects outside of the course, so it is important to be organised and complete classwork early to be available for these projects.
On a non-course related note, I also like to meal prep at the start of the week, by washing and chopping fruit and vegetables and keeping them in the fridge, so that I always have healthy snacks on hand, as the week gets busier.
I also have a part-time job freelance editing, so it is important to me to plan my days so that I can fit in my editing work alongside my uni work.
Emily A - Guide to the facilities
Guide to the Film and Television Production Facilities at Herts
The Film, Music and Media Building
The building that you will spend most of your time on campus in on the Film and Television production course is the Film, Music and Media Building (the FMM for short). This is where we have our editing and camera workshops. The Walter Murch editing lab on the second floor is a great resource and it becomes extremely busy in the days leading up to a deadline. It is filled with 27” iMacs each equipped with customised Avid Media Composer keyboards.
The Loan Store
The Loan Store is a great resource to have as it allows us to not only rent out equipment for our assignment projects, but also for our own independent projects that we produce throughout the year. It is in the basement of the Art and Design building. There are also three bookable edit suites down the hall from the loan store, equipped with Dell true colour monitors, Avid colouring desks and 2.1 surround sound systems. There is also a dubbing suite that is especially useful for recording Foley and Automated Dialog Replacement (ADR) for our projects.
Learning Resource Centres (LRCs)
Both the College Lane and de Havilland campuses have their Learning Resources Centres (LRCs), which are great tools when writing our film and television histories and contexts essays. There is a shuttle bus that takes you between the campuses that runs every ten minutes so if there’s a book that you need on the other campus, you don’t need to worry! The University has a wide range of books and academic journals on their online library, which is a great tool for wider reading and including supporting evidence and references in our essays.
Emily A - Why I chose Herts
Why I chose Herts
Hi, my name is Emily and I have just finished my first year at the University of Hertfordshire on the Film and Television Production course. I have absolutely loved my first year at Herts, and I would recommend this course and University to anyone thinking of studying film and tv production.
Moving away from Guernsey to attend university seemed quite daunting at first, but I settled in a lot quicker and easier than I thought I would. Everyone here seems nice, and I have made some amazing friends in my first year here.
I always knew that I wanted to attend a big university with a lot of students, so the University of Hertfordshire was perfect! I also love that they have such a high focus on sport and extracurricular activities, and the Sports Village on the de Havilland Campus is a great resource.
My advice for students coming to university would be to do your research and really figure out what you want to get out of university and what you want to experience during your time here, to find a university that is right for you. I would also recommend that you try and visit as many prospective universities as you can at their open days because I had already visited five other universities by the time I came to the University of Hertfordshire’s open day, and (excuse the cliché) but from the moment I stepped on campus, I knew this was the university for me.
Thank you for reading and I wish you all the luck in your university journey!
Meet Tomi Ojo, who has been exploring her career opportunities and learning new skills since graduating. Tomi works at Film London as their Equal Access Network Programme Coordinator.Read more stories
|Current job role||Senior Programme Coordinator - Youth Media|
|Year of graduation||2017|
|Course of study||BA (Hons) Photography|
University experience and opportunities
Tomi took advantage of all of the opportunities that were available to her, both inside and outside of her course. She says, 'The University gave me the chance to develop my public speaking skills, both on my course but mainly whilst being a Student Ambassador. I led a lot of the accommodation tours on College Lane and De Havilland campuses, which was a huge confidence booster.'
Tomi had a great time at the University and says, 'My degree was all coursework based which worked well for me as exams had always made me feel uneasy. My course mates were very supportive. I thoroughly enjoyed working and collaborating together on projects. The loan store was also super useful as they provided free photographic equipment for us to use for the duration of the course.'
She encourages future and current students to make the most of what the University has to offer. She says, 'Don't be scared if you're going on your own. Make use of your time inside and outside of your course. Join clubs and make new friends. As a photography student, be open to criticism and other people's creative ideas. Not everyone sees your vision and that's okay as there's always room for improvement!'
Tomi is determined to continue to develop in her role and possibly take her next steps to work on London-based productions. She says, 'I love my job and I hope to expand further within the film and TV industry. One day I’d love to work on-set and experience how a production is made.’