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Film, Media and TV alumni - profiles

Film and TV iconOur degrees open doors to employment in the culture, communications, media and leisure industries. The practical experience you gain with us at Kingston will give you a competitive edge over graduates of more conventional film courses, while ensuring you also have a solid grounding in theory, history and traditional skills like research and essay-writing. Your film making experience at Kingston will also enhance your critical, analytical capabilities and communication skills – all in demand by employers.

Our BA degree provides an excellent basis for postgraduate study – whether you choose a practical or theoretical route.

Our alumni can be found throughout the media industry, in roles as diverse as direction, art direction, production, script reading, music promoter, and all round filmmaker. We also have students working in a wide variety of non-film fields which include research and marketing, global accounts, business consultants, academia and in a variety of management roles.

Our film graduates also do very well in employment beyond the boundaries of film. Please read our undergraduate and postgraduate profiles below for more details.

Jason Gaffney, Ireland

pic of I began my Film Studies M.A. at Kingston University in 2009 having moved to London from Dublin, Ireland. My lecturers were genuinely, and consistently, caring toward my education providing me with the perfect platform from which to launch my career in film. Throughout my M.A. the Film Department provided us students with numerous extracurricular options including late screenings, film related trips/tours (including the BFI Library) and in-depth discussions all aimed at broadening our understanding of our source material and film worldwide. This is invaluable for anyone looking to work in the industry.

I currently work as an Executive for the Irish Film & Television Academy. Since graduating from Kingston University I have worked on two feature films (Round Ireland with a Fridge and Playing the Moldovans at Tennis), numerous shorts (including a Cannes Film Festival 2011 entrant – Saturday), major studio productions (including at Pinewood Studios and Camberwell) while I am currently producing a documentary to be shot in West Cork, Ireland in September 2013. My many achievements have been a direct result of the education and care I received from Kingston University and its fantastic staff.

Steve Mayhew, UK

I thoroughly enjoyed studying for my MA in Film Studies at Kingston, particularly as all of the lecturers were obviously well-informed experts. The course gave me the opportunity to study aspects of cinema that I would otherwise not have been exposed to, specifically independent films and gender performance in European cinema. My aim now is to teach film studies, and I have started a PhD thesis on the silent films of John Ford.

Patricia Perez, Spain

I'm an MA Film Studies graduate from Kingston University. I graduated in 2010 after finishing my dissertation on Spanish filmmaker Isabel Coixet, analyzing her filmography and the relationship between the films and the idea of silence.

I have great memories from university and my teachers. I enjoyed all my modules, from British Cinema to Hollywood Cinema or Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Cinema. We were a small class, which meant the lectures were more interesting as there was more space for debate. I am still in touch with my colleagues and with some of the wonderful teachers, such as Andrea Rinke, and we sometimes attend some film events together.

After graduating, I started working for the Curzon Cinema, which allowed me to keep watching many films a week! I also started to work for the London Spanish Film Festival, a two weeks film festival at Ciné Lumière (French Institute) organized by Tristana Media featuring contemporary productions from my country, Spain. I was first a volunteer, collaborating during the festival days, and with time I became the Programme Researcher, selecting the films for the programme, liaising with distributors and producers, coordinating different screenings, organizing print transport, etc. As a Programmer I am involved with more events my company organizes, such as Fashion and Cinema, a series of on-stage conversations and seminars at the Victoria & Albert Museum and screenings at Ciné Lumière, exploring the relationship between fashion and cinema. I absolutely love this job but I do miss university sometimes!

Shweta Sharma, India

I had a wonderful time while doing the MA at Kingston University, thanks to the course director and other lecturers on the programme. Their efforts and wealth of knowledge encouraged me to do the best I could, even securing a distinction for my dissertation. The MA motivated me to opt for a PhD, and my dissertation supervisor and others assisted me on my PhD proposal, from which I secured five scholarships/teaching assistantships. Kingston University changed my life!

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