UCEN Manchester first year BA (Hons) Film Production & Content Creation student, Madelyn Brennan, is making the most of The Manchester Film School’s professional-standard equipment and connections in TV and film.
Madelyn never had plans to go to university, but after being introduced to UCEN Manchester while studying at The Manchester College she had a change of heart about higher education, and is now loving her hands-on course and city life.
Madelyn uses her studies as a creative outlet and has ambitions of writing and directing her own TV shows and films in the future, but would settle for managing shoots as an Assistant Director on the way to realising this goal.
Shortly before the end of her first year at The Manchester Film School, Madelyn reflected on her journey over the last twelve months and offers some helpful advice for any further education students with similar ambitions and career aspirations.
“I was a student at The Manchester College for two years and studied a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Film, TV and Broadcast Production.”
“While I was a student at The Manchester College, I got the chance to see what it’s like to study at The Manchester Film School through workshops and taster sessions.
“I’ll be honest, going to university wasn’t something that really appealed to me when I started my college course, but over time I came to see that going to UCEN Manchester was a realistic direct progression route.
“The opportunity to get a glimpse of what life as a higher education student is like while still studying at the College changed everything for me.”
“Transitioning from being a student at The Manchester College to studying at UCEN Manchester was a straightforward and painless process. I was even able to keep some of my login credentials from my time at the College, which was one less thing to worry about.
“I’m not a huge fan of change, so I benefitted from the support I received throughout the transition. The move felt natural and I was familiar with a lot of things. Having said this, there are enough differences to ensure that I have continued to develop and grow. I just don’t feel like I’ve been thrown in at the deep end.
“The noticeable difference between the College and UCEN Manchester is that I’m expected and trusted to do more independent learning, which is totally understandable. I receive the right amount of guidance and support, but there isn’t anyone looking over my shoulder the entire time. Personally, I prefer being left to do my own planning and work.”
“I’ve really enjoyed my time at The Manchester Film School.
“Despite only being in my first year, I do a lot of practical sessions and I’ve got access to a wide-range of equipment, which I’m being taught how to use - this is something that I think I’ll really benefit from when I go on to work in industry.
“My Tutors are very supportive and comfortable being challenged by the students on my course. For example, they actively ask for our feedback and want to know straight away if something is too difficult, so we can spend more time focusing on it.”
“The main thing that stands out to me is the access to industry-standard equipment. We’re using the equipment all the time as well - I’ve just done six shoots in a fortnight.
“I know this sounds really intense and a lot of shoots in such a short period of time, but I’ve found the experience really insightful.
“In addition to the equipment, I’ve managed to meet a lot of industry professionals through my course and made new contacts of my own through these introductions. For example, I’m now in regular contact with one of the professionals I got introduced to through my course, and they help me with my studies and explain how I can give myself the best possible chance of getting a job when I graduate.”
“It’s really easy to fit in here. I’m from a small town and if you look a little different, you get noticed. But in Manchester, you feel like you can dress however you want without being judged.”
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