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Degree: FdSc Media Production
Career: Aspiring Film Director

Mature student, Lawrence, joined the FdSc Media Production degree at University Centre St Helens to work towards his dream of pursuing a career as a Film Director.

Lawrence joined the FdSc after studying Games Design at Futureworks in Manchester. Realising his passion for creating online content and working with industry software such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, he made the decision to explore degree options that would allow him to pursue his interests as part of a full-time career.

University Centre St Helens’ key town centre location and accessible transport links is what initially drew Lawrence to the degree, as his personal circumstances required him to study closer to home in St Helens. This requirement, coupled with the interesting module content, led to Lawrence applying for a place on the FdSc Media Production, using the UCAS process.

Undertaking a range of elements as part of a varied module offer, six months in, Lawrence has studied everything from film editing and app and web design to podcasting and graphic design and enjoys “being challenged, thinking outside of the box and working with a range of creative minds on group work tasks.”

He also credits the support from his Programme Leader, Phil King, who “goes out of his way to help each and every one of us achieve the absolute best that we can”, including helping him to develop his knowledge and skills, “he is extremely experienced and knowledgeable about his subject”.

With open access to a wide range of facilities, Lawrence is able to tap into a variety of new computers, the green screen studio, lighting equipment, sound equipment, TV rigs and multi-camera decks.

This open access enables him to “think more like an independent film maker/producer and explore my creativity in a more unique way”.

Commenting on his experience on his degree, Lawrence said, “There is a really varied age range on the FdSc Media Production degree and I was a little apprehensive about being the oldest person in the group and feared everyone else would have joined straight from college or sixth form. This has proven not to be the case at all.”

He added, “The common thread among us is that we all have creative minds. We all play off of each other’s strengths and come together to support and help each other.”

Looking to the future, Lawrence hopes to secure employment within the film industry and to fulfil his dream of being a Film Director.