Ahead of the next BCU open day this Saturday, hear from two Birmingham School of Media students on what to expect:

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Jack Walton: Earlier this month, myself and fellow Eastside PR member Jemma Lowman volunteered to work the undergraduate & postgraduate open day for the School of Media. The day was filled with meeting new people, a very achy jaw from so much smiling and also learning new skills and seeing different parts of the university campus that I had yet to discover (even though I’m a second year student!).

The day started just after 9am with an official briefing from Kelly. We were given schedules of how the day would run; this was super exciting as this was my first time working an open day and also my first time even attending one for the School of Media. I made the decision to come to uni quite late, so I didn’t get to experience an actual open day event at BCU myself.

Our job was to document the day as it unfolded through our social media channels, mainly being Twitter and Instagram (please give these a follow if you haven’t already!). We posted photos of the potential students, short videos of the workshops and quite a few selfies were taken too… any excuse to take a few extra selfies is always a good one!

The first tour of the building that Jemma and I went on was really interesting. I got to see numerous TV studios that I had never stepped foot in previously, heard from lecturers on different subjects such as photography, TV, journalism, music industries and PR. Just the vast number of modules we have on offer at the school is pretty impressive and means there is something for everyone. The amount of people with parents was a great turnout considering this was the 2nd open day of the new semester.

My workshop was journalism, new media and PR. I had the pleasure of helping out my PR tutor Kelly; she certainly kept me on my toes with the panda themed task we had (don’t ask!). It was lovely meeting students interested in all things PR who already had ambitions to become PR specialists. Many had questions which I answered through my recent experiences of creating campaigns and completing placements at PR agencies within the city.

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Jemma Lowman: As a broad course student, I had seen the television studios beforehand so had a good knowledge of the studios in order to answer questions from visitors. As part of the day, I attended the different workshops – Radio, Television and Events and Music Industries – in order to capture the workshops both live on social media and in photographs for future reference. Whilst at these workshops, I even learnt some new tips and tricks from each lecturer (assignment deadlines, here I come!).

As I had been to a BCU Open Day before attending the university, back in 2015, it was so surprising to me about just how much had changed in the open day layout. The taster sessions are a fantastic opportunity for prospective students to have a go at something to do with the field they are interested in.

I always remember a student ambassador taking time to talk to me and show me around throughout the day, which encouraged me to choose BCU as my first choice (and obviously, the amazing facilities helped with that too!).

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We both really enjoyed our day working on behalf of Eastside PR and we look forward to future experiences to put our PR studies into practice.

 

Find out more about why a BCU open day and visit to the Birmingham School of Media is not to be missed.

 

Register to attend the next open day here.

 

 

This Saturday (4th), as well as the 25th November, Birmingham City University will be holding an undergraduate open days – and it certainly isn’t to be missed. These are a great opportunity for you to experience a little bit of life as a BCU student and this coming Saturday will also see prospective postgraduate students come onto campus to find out more about what we have to offer.

Birmingham School of Media may offer a great deal of information on our website and our social feeds, but there is nothing like an open day to show you how great your uni experience could be – and just how we #DoMediaDifferently so that our students are #IndustryReady when they leave us.

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Don’t believe us? Here’s 5 reasons why you shouldn’t miss our next open day:

  1. See the campus:  Take a tour of our state-of-the-art facilities and city centre campus and you’ll get to see where we learn and study, our industry standard media studios and equipment, places to eat and chill, but most of all to walk around and get a feel of the place that could be your home for three years.
  2. Meet current students, past students and lecturers: Find out about our expertise and range of course options from the people who know them the best! You’ll get unfiltered information and advice from students who can tell you what to do in order to succeed (and what not to do) as well as what they’ve learned. There will also be tutors on hand throughout the day to advise you on your first steps into a media career, and how we support you and give you the skills so you are #IndustryReady. You can also pick up some tips on personal statement writing and find out first-hand how to get your foot in the door of BCU tutors’ industries of expertise.
  3. Meet new people: Everyone walking around on open days is in the same position as you… so get chatting! Discuss your thoughts and opinions about the uni, and you never know, they might be your coursemates in a year. And don’t be a stranger – start engaging with the Birmingham School of Media by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and see what we (our students and staff) have been up to recently. Don’t forget, there’s #BCUjournos and #BCUWeArePR too to follow, so plenty of ways to join our community long before you actually start your first year.
  4. Have a go at something new: Our students really get stuck into their areas of interest – be is events, music industries, journalism, radio, TV, PR or new media – and you can too when you come to see us. Take part in one of our taster workshops and you could be shaping or even making the news, running a radio programme, presenting a TV programme or coming up with a clever media campaign.
  5. Explore the campus – and the city!  Join the walking tours of our campus accommodation buildings and where you’ll be staying throughout the year (this is also a chance to show your parents where you’ll be living independently as a ‘responsible’ adult). Don’t just stop at our uni, make the most of the day and wander through the streets of one of the biggest cities in the UK. Experience the buzz of the Bullring and Grand Central, the culture of the art museums, the architecture of the Birmingham library, or even make it an outing and visit Cadbury World!

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You can never leave a uni open day with less information that you started with and there’s no doubt you’ll be brimming with ideas and inspiration, so why not sign up now? See you there…

 

Post written by Julia Duke-Vinton, second year PR student at Birmingham School of Media

On Saturday (14th October 2017), I watched Birmingham City University open its doors for the first open day of  the autumn, welcoming a diversity of potential media students in to experience how we #DoMediaDifferently here at the Birmingham School of Media. All of the students were brimming with curiosity and interested in finding out what BCU has to offer. It was strange for me as the roles were reversed – I was in their position only six short months ago! I’m now four weeks into my first year here at BCU and I was on hand during the open day to help guide students who are in the same situation I was in not too long ago.

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 To kick things off, we began the first group tour, viewing all four industry standard studios here at BCU. This included: Studio D, the news studio (which was one of the things that impressed me the most on my open day back in June), and here it was explained that students use this in TV production but can also experience it by taking part in the Scratch TV society. Studio B is our impressive green screen and home of Milo – a motion control camera used for filming CGI animation – Studio C is used for drama with movable sets and finally we went to Studio A, which is where students learn how to produce, direct, vision mix and put together productions.

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We then travelled up to the photography studios which created a massive buzz from all the budding photographers in the room. Although, I think after walking into the room and seeing the artwork our previous students had produced,  even the people without initial interest were inspired and keen to get involved.

Following a brief talk by Julian Kilsby, Senior Lecturer in Photography, we were given the chance to learn how to ‘take the perfect selfie’ using the studios lighting equipment and three glamorous mannequin assistants.

Next up, media taster workshops! I dived into two of the four that were on offer; Radio production first off then I joined in with Events and Music Industries.

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 In the radio workshop. we all had the chance to work in pairs to create a piece of content (as you would if you took radio production as a module or specialism). Students and parents went online to research content together then went into the booth to record their clips!

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After dropping some tracks in the studio, I slipped into one of our editing suites where a group were clicking away on their Apple Macs, working on an events and music industries task. Students were asked to put together a press release about their favourite artists and Matt Grimes talked through the unique facilities that BCU offers in order to get students #IndustryReady whilst Duncan Sedgwick checked on people’s progress.

Meanwhile, students were also able to attend a Journalism, PR and New Media session where news values were discussed and stories and social posts created in less than 30 minutes, whilst other visitors were running things in Studio D, putting on a news programme.

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Zooming out of the workshops, I managed to catch one of three course chats where we were given by Head of School Sarah Jones and BA Course Leader Vanessa Jackson, as well as other key members of the lecturing team. These talks provided a comprehensive overview of how to take advantage of the facilities, what opportunities could arise whilst studying here and why BCU media #DoMediaDifferently by encouraging students to embrace being innovative.

Specialism leaders then gave brief talk on what their subjects were about, encouraging anyone curious to approach them afterwards to discuss ideas and questions further.

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I really hope that everybody visiting had an awesome time and learnt something new, I know I certainly did.

Here’s my favourite tweet of the day from a father of (hopefully) a new 2018 fresher student:

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There are two more open days coming in November, on the 4th and 25th, where prospective students can come and see for themselves everything Birmingham School of Media has to offer – and to take advantage of a unique opportunity to take part in hands-on taster workshops in a broad range of disciplines. Find out more and register here.

 

Post written by Hannah Kent, first year BCU School of Media Student