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Study Multimedia abroad

About this subject

  • About this subject
  • Is this the course for me?
  • Careers prospects
  • Studying Multimedia
  • Where to study?

Digital and multimedia technologies are becoming increasingly used within the fields of communication. The term “multimedia” is one which describes the study of how to communicate over a number of different forms of media, along with how this can then be applied in both creative and commercial sector to perform a number of functions such as to inform, entertain, persuade or advise.

The first recorded use of the phrase “multimedia” can be attributed to singer and artist Bob Goldstein who used the phrase to describe the opening of his Lightworks & L’Ouisin show in the late 1960s. Today however, it is a term that is increasingly present as a result of the internet’s popularity.

Is this the course for me?

Multi-media courses are perfect for those with creative minds who have a passion for new technology and producing innovative ways of telling new stories. Does this sound like you? If so, then you could be the ideal applicant for undergraduate course in multimedia.

However, while previous qualifications in the subject aren’t essential, it is important that you not only enjoy working with computers but that you are able to work as part of a team and have strong problem solving skills. As part of the course you will be expected to work on your own personal and/or team projects to contribute towards the completion of your degree so these skills will be essential.

Careers prospects

Those with degrees in multimedia will find themselves with a wide range of career options available working within education, heritage, e-commerce or media industries. Many multimedia graduates find themselves working in the product development sector working as a games developer or a computer programmer.

These days almost every business requires some form of online presence in order to survive, which means that those with multimedia skills are in high demand. Many graduates find work as a website designer, or even in graphic design taking responsibility for company branding.

Advertising is also an incredibly popular option among multimedia graduates. Advertising, particularly online advertising is an industry that is rapidly expanding and the large salaries available to those with top level jobs makes this a particularly lucrative option.

Studying Multimedia

The majority of courses don’t necessarily require students to have studied multimedia at A-level, although have a computer sciences or technology qualification will be beneficial to provide you with a strong foundation of knowledge throughout the first year of your studies. Different universities will have different entry requirements, but most institutions will expect you to have a minimum or 3 A-levels or equivalent.

If you’re deciding to study in the UK as a foreign student then you shouldn’t have any problems as long as you score a minimum of 6.0 on your IELTS test.

The majority of courses will last a minimum of 3 years and will cover the use of different mediums in order to communicate with a wide range of target audiences. However, some courses allow students to extend their degree programmes by a further year in order to under-take a work related placement.

Where to study?

Are you a particularly sociable individual? Do you love being surrounded by people? Or do you find large crowds a little daunting? There’s no right or wrong way to socialise, but it is important to think about your personality and social habits when making your university choices. Those who are outgoing will often thrive in bustling environments whereas those who are a little less confident will find themselves more suited to studying in smaller establishments.

Although the underlying theory of Multimedia remains the same wherever you study, the specialist subject areas available will differ depending upon the calibre and module choices available at your chosen establishment. Look for Universities where the courses have interesting content that appeals to your interests and find out how these modules are taught. Similarly only apply to study at Universities where your academic predictions are likely to meet the entry level requirements.

For the majority of students, the purpose of attending University is not only to gain a degree, but also to increase their level of employability in the jobs market. As such it is vital that you consider you potential job prospects while making your applications. Look at the links your potential university has within related industries and the networking opportunities it will provide you with ; particularly if you already know what you would like to do post-graduation Many firms will hire a large percentage of their entry level graduates from selected Universities with whom they have forged a strong working relationship.

When deciding where to study it is imperative that you consider the fees. After having a look at your options, you should draw up a spending budget to help you make your decision. Those struggling financially may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help fund their study.

What Multimedia courses are there?


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