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Media - Working with others

Increasingly, our students are being given the opportunity to make connections between their academic work and its relevance and application to practical situations and working environments.

NeutralThe magazine and web platform NEUTRAL is central to the Media and Film Studies programmes and is produced by students in collaboration with academic staff. Crucially, its production as both a print and on-line version also relies upon our working relationships with external agencies and individuals who offer expertise in their specialist field and provide the opportunity for students to acquire new skill sets.

The design company LazenbyBrown has been central to this collaborative practice. The visually striking and radical design of our magazine reflects the ambitious approach of the designers and the critical and creative abilities of our students.

We make connections between academic exploration and creative implementation in our module Media Enterprise. Students on this module are tasked with producing digital and print materials to construct a creative portfolio. This portfolio could be an idea for a magazine, a mobile app, a film festival, a television retrospective, an exhibition or any number of things whereby images and text are required and in the marketing, advertising and distribution of these ‘events’ or products.

During the delivery of this module, students get the opportunity work with professional designers in our Mac Lab and to ‘pitch’ their work-in-progress to a number of design companies within the city, gaining valuable feedback in the process. See 'Unlimited Opportunities’ in Media for more details. This module also includes successful professionals coming into the university and offering mentoring sessions on how to approach a career in the media industry. For instance, Lucy Allen, a Senior Producer at Evolution post production  recently visited the University to talk to Media and Film Studies students about her experiences in forging a career in media production and the transition from graduate to professional.

The Faculty of Arts Creative Business team also host a wide variety of visiting professionals into the University and students are actively encouraged to get involved with the many opportunities that these networking and masterclass events bring. In the last year our 'Enterprise Tuesday' visiting talks series has attracted a wide variety of creatives from in and around York to listen to inspiring speakers talk about their experiences of setting up new businesses. The Creative Business Team also support individual students and student teams to pitch for funding through our regional 'Proof of Concept' project and help graduates to set themselves up as fledging businesses through our pre-incubator graduate enterprise projects. Visit their site for more details.