From photo-journalism to documentary filmmaking, cinematography to photography, degrees that fall under the Media Arts banner like Documentary Photography can lead you down an array of interesting career paths. You could even end up making a real difference, by drawing awareness to a cause or inspiring others.
Remember Super Size Me? The 2004 documentary film served up a public nutrition debate that has since been picked up by the likes of Jamie Oliver and Michelle Obama, and saw McDonald’s remove the ‘super size’ option from its menu within six weeks of it hitting cinemas.
That’s the kind of impact that documentaries can have, and the kind of agenda-setting films that Plymouth’s department of Media Arts hopes that graduates of its Documentary Photography degree will produce.
Top-of-the-range equipment and facilities (including a cinema) and a course remit that allows students the opportunity to scout out their own interests means that a host of untold stories will be brought to the screen. Students will learn everything from basic camera operating to filming two self-directed pieces in the final year, finishing up with their own online portfolio. Budding filmmakers also have the chance to collaborate with experienced documentarians – a benefit of the faculty’s links with the BBC, ITV and the Royal Television Society.
Meet three Plymouth University graduates whose careers are taking off: