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Many creative and media postgraduate courses are open to all graduates, regardless of their first degree
Creative industries – from advertising and fashion to film and video games – employ 2 million people in the UK, according to the Confederation of British Industry, which says it is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the country.
Career opportunities in media and the arts have never been better, and universities have been quick to seize the moment, adding hundreds of new courses.
The good news is you don't have to have studied a creative subject for your first degree to be accepted on a postgraduate course. The National Film and Television School (Nfts) actively seeks graduates from different academic backgrounds for its range of two-year master's degrees, which includes cinematography, directing animation, sound design and screenwriting.
The aim is to encourage innovators who will do interesting things, says Jon Weinbren, the Nfts's head of games design and development. »
- Liz Lightfoot
"The chain in those handcuffs is high-tensile steel. It'd take you ten minutes to hack through it with this. Now, if you're lucky, you could hack through your ankle in five minutes. Go." — Mel Gibson, 'Mad Max'
Greetings from the apocalypse! Hopefully this isn't the end, but I have to depart the sandblasted pages of this column for a brief sojourn across the wasteland. With a little luck, a lot of gasoline and the aid of a gangly autogyro pilot I should find my way back in a few months time, but until then enjoy this last weekend column … for now.
Friday, August 2
Pow! In Theaters
As I wrote earlier this week for Film.com, "2 Guns" will without a doubt take its place among the pantheon of extremely forgettable Denzel Washington action movies. Hell, the trailer could have been one of those parodies from the beginning of "Tropic Thunder. »
- Max Evry
Viewer's of Nashville, More4's imported country-music soap, will expect ripe melodrama from the season one finale. Its conflagration of emotional tangles and record company wrangles is sure to be, well, like a country song. It's even named after one: I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive. That title – also the name of the final single released by tragic country legend Hank Williams in 1953 – suggests something really heavy. But only to those who care to look it up; typically for such TV dramas, the title doesn't appear on screen. It's one for the writers – and the hardcore who supplement their enjoyment by consulting online episode guides.
They will already know that each of Nashville's last 20 episodes is titled after a Hank tune, just as jazzbos »
- Andrew Collins
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