Film careers

Overview

Film graduates from the University of Exeter have an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and compete very successfully in the employment market.

A degree in Film Studies from the University of Exeter will enable you to acquire skills which are attractive to employers and relevant for a wide range of careers. You will develop an informed, critical and creative approach. Alongside strong oral and written communication skills, you will be able to manage your time and workload effectively, work well as part of a team or independently, be flexible when faced with new situations and have strong analytical skills.

Our students have progressed to a wide variety of careers, in sectors such as:

  • Events Management
  • TV production
  • The film industry
  • Publishing
  • Education
  • Sales, communications and marketing

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in

  • MA English Literary Studies (Film pathway)
  • MA Film and Media
  • MA Professional Writing

Career Zone

The services offered by the Humanities careers and employability team are complementary to the services offered by our central Career Zone, where you can participate in practical sessions to develop your skills; access paid internships and volunteering opportunities; explore postgraduate study options; meet prospective employers; get one-to-one advice and learn how to secure the right job for you. 

Professional Experience

The Film degree here at the University of Exeter will give you plenty of opportunity to develop your professional portfolio which will give you the skills and experience which you will need to be successful in your chosen career.

Humanities in the Workplace

Completing a work placement is great way to gain a competitive edge in the graduate job market and will help you to develop an understanding of how the skills gained from a Humanities degree are applicable in the workplace. Our College-wide module, Humanities in the Workplace, is available to all students in the College and offers the chance for students to complete a minimum of 40 hours work experience in a broad range of sectors.

Volunteering

Voluntary work demonstrates to employers that you are socially aware and proactive and that you have developed key employability skills such as communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills. The University of Exeter works with many organisations who recruit our students for voluntary positions on a yearly basis. Many students also undertake local community work through the Guild’s ESV (Exeter Student Volunteering) programme.

Xmedia

XTV and Xpression FM are the University of Exeter's award-winning student-led TV, film and radio stations. There are many opportunities for students to get involved with many aspects of their operations, from content to production. This is a fantastic way to get professional experience alongside your studies, and the projects which you will work on will put you in an excellent position to pursue a career in Media and the Arts.

Film Society and Campus Cinema

The University has a very active student-run Film Society which offers opportunities to develop your practical film making skills. With access to recording equipment, editing software, studio space and practical workshops, members are given the opportunity to engage with independent filmmaking on both a casual and academic level.

The Campus Cinema is a student-led society which organises a schedule of diverse film screenings which take place on campus. Becoming a member of the Campus Cinema is a fantastic way to broaden your knowledge of the subject, giving you an excellent grounding to take forward into the industry.

Getting involved in a student societies like these is an excellent way to take an active role in the life of your University. It will give you excellent skills for employability, whether it is through developing your debating skills by attending an event, or becoming involved with the organisation of the society itself.  You can view a full list of societies at the Student’s Guild here.

The Bill Douglas Centre

The Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture is based at the University of Exeter. This presents unique opportunities for students to engage with their extensive collection. Our students have previously curated exhibitions as well as using the resource to inspire and inform their studies.

Events

Every year the Humanities employability team organise a series of employability and alumni events which are tailored to the career aspirations of our students. Below are some of the events which have been offered previously:

In the Spotlight: Jobs in Film, from Production to Distribution and Exhibition

This event offered students the opportunity to meet individuals who have successful careers in this industry. The panel featured alumni James Panting, an Assistant Editor for titles such as The Theory of Everything and Suite Francais, Adam Singodia, a freelance Director of Photography (both Exeter BA Film Studies 2010),  and Duncan Carson, who is the Marketing and Communications Manager at the Independent Cinema Office.

Life and a career in the arts and culture sector – with former Exeter student Julian Bird

Julian Bird, Chief Executive of two of the main theatre bodies in the UK, visited campus to discuss his successful career in the sector, and offered tips on how students can follow in his footsteps.

Using your Humanities degree for a career in Finance - hosted by Deloitte

The University of Exeter hosted this event with Deloitte financial services, who are keen to recruit Exeter students from a broad range of subjects. On this occasion, former student Philippa Rowe (BA French and Latin 2013) who is now a Senior Associate, visited students to talk to them about how their degree in Humanities can launch them into a ‘Times top 100’ career with Deloitte.

Our students and graduates

One of my highlights from Exeter was my involvement with XTV, the student TV station. I was on the committee for my third year and it was great just being involved with the running of something, and also doing something aside from my course. My plan now is to pursue a career in the media or TV. My involvement with XTV will help a lot with that and will look really great on my CV.

Mini Warren, BA English with Film 2015

My degree helped expose me to a plethora of filmmakers and film movements that I was not closely acquainted with before. This exposure has been a massive part of developing my own personal taste and knowledge base which I have found to be invaluable throughout my career to date.

James is now a Freelance Assistant Editor and has worked on an array of feature films such as The Theory of Everything and Suite Française.

James Panting, BA Film Studies: Cinema and Practice 2010