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Media & Film Courses in Guildford, Surrey

Careers in photography or the media industry offer exciting possibilities... you could be travelling the world, working with celebrities, reporting on world issues or covering the hottest events in town!

However, it is important to realise that this sector is very competitive. Work experience is vital as it demonstrates a hands-on interest and shows that you have what it takes to do the job. You’ll need to be determined to succeed and be prepared for rejection.

Build up a portfolio of your work, contact radio, television, newspaper, photographers' studios, PR or advertising agencies and ask about opportunities, even if it’s only on a part-time or voluntary basis during the summer holidays or evenings/weekends.

Once you’ve made it though, you’ll be able to choose from a wide range of roles within the creative industries - approximately three-quarters of media and photography graduates are in employment six months after graduating.

At Guildford College, our course will provide you with both technical and transferable skills that could lead to a range of careers. The tutors are not only experts in their field, but are committed to developing and nurturing your creative talents.

Our outstanding facilities, including a TV studio with green screen technology, video and sound editing workshops, dedicated Mac suites, industry standard photography studios and dark rooms.

Previous learners have succeeded in media careers including radio journalism, graphic and web design, marketing and advertising, jobs in print firms and as photography assistants. Many learners also progress to degree level courses and we have established links with local universities as well as industry.

Art, Design and Media Level 1 - 2020:21

Creative Media (Film and TV) BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma - 2020:21
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 Adult  16-18 

Media and Performing Arts LASER Level 2 Diploma in Progression - 2020:21
dance, acting, film,


Why Choose Guildford College?

  • State-of-the-art new learning hub for information study with open access computer, wireless connectivity and interactive group booths
  • High tech media suite with industry standard TV studio, editing facilities and Apple Macs 
  • New classrooms with latest spec computers, audio visual systems, acoustic panel and funky new fixtures, fittings and furniture
  • Major end of term College exhibitions showcasing work from all disciplines
  • Opportunity to enter local and national competitions

Day to Day in Industry

  • Setting up lights, cameras and sound systems
  • Planning and rehearsing for shoots
  • Testing and operating equipment
  • Finding and fixing faults and sourcing equipment
  • Managing booking and tracking systems

Jobs in Media

  • Advertising Art Director
  • Film / Video Editor
  • Location Manager
  • Magazine Journalist
  • Programme Researcher
  • Television Camera Operator
  • Writer
Student sitting in front of camera with green screen behind

Average Salary

Salaries for audio visual technicians and broadcast engineers start at around £16,000 but can rise to £30,000 and higher depending on experience. Video editors may start at £25,000 a year depending on work, experience and other factors. Salaries can vary widely depending on contract and length of work..

Moving On

You could progress to degrees in media studies, media production, multimedia technology, television production, media and cultural studies and others and employment in the industry as a runners, video editor, graphic designer, camera operator or technician.


Media Gallery

Media Editing Suite

Media Editing Suite
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The production gallery

The production gallery
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Students filming

Students filming
Jan 25, 2012

TV Studio

TV Studio
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Media Studio

Media Studio
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Video: Guildford College Media department

Media student directing a broadcast

Student Soundbite

Ross Marron

“My course has helped to build my confidence, my understanding and has crystallised what I want to do in my career. I have produced a portfolio of work and it has given me much practical and theoretical experience which I can now take forward with me. It’s a great grounding for Uni.”

Ross - Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media

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