Why I chose to study BA Television

26 January 2021
Film and television studio with students filming a fighting scene

Before applying to any universities, I knew that I wanted my future to be in filmmaking. For most people, that means either going straight into the industry or looking at Film courses in various universities. And I’ll admit, that was my first thought as well. In fact, all the other universities I applied to, besides Falmouth, I applied for the Film course, not Television. So why did I end up choosing TV?

Well, for me, this choice was mostly based on how practically driven the course is. I was looking for a course that would be as much hands-on as possible. After doing some digging into what the other Falmouth courses had to offer, I came to the conclusion that Television was the more practical course here, even though it was nearly brand new. This, for me, was the main deciding factor and I don’t regret a single second of it.

Of course, the practical sessions were not the only thing that I considered when choosing what to study. After thinking about where I would like to work more, in film or television, I came to a realisation that I watch more TV series than I do films, and I definitely cannot be considered a film fan, at least not to the extent that people can be, where they know directors of nearly every film they’ve watched!

I admire them for that, but that just isn’t me, and so I decided that television was something that I connected to more and spend more time with. It felt a lot more familiar than movies ever had, even if the watchlists for both are never-ending.

When starting my course, I didn’t know where it would take me but just coming to uni has helped me discover what I want to do within the film and TV industry.

When I was choosing what to study, I was trying to think about what I enjoyed doing and what felt like something that I could do for the rest of my life. It does feel a bit scary when put like that, but it should also make you feel excited. It is something that you’ll be committing to for at least 3 years, why not choose something you enjoy?

When starting my course, I didn’t know where it would take me but just coming to uni has helped me discover what I want to do within the film and TV industry. I believe that choosing Falmouth was the right decision for me, as I found out what the future could hold and what area of the industry I’d like to go into, as I did not think that I’d be specialising in sound when I came here. University can open your eyes to so many opportunities and things that you couldn’t try out otherwise and all of that within a safe and educational environment.

Overall, I believe that everyone should do their research before joining a university to fully find out if the course you are interested in is what you think it is. And once you’ve done your research you should keep choosing that course over and over again, even when you’ve started. If you do and really feel excited about it, that’s how you’ll know that you’ve made the right decision.

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