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Discover Journalism, Creative Writing, Television & Film Production and Media Studies at our Taster Day

Find your voice as storyteller and cast light on the power of media, whether reporting breaking news or producing visually impactful films, TV and documentaries.

If you see yourself operating a camera, as a journalist, or as a producer steering a film from start to finish, then you’re ready for a career in Film, Media and Communications.

Discover what it’s like to study a degree in Journalism, Creative Writing, Film, Television & Broadcasting and Film and Media Studies at our Taster Day, and get ready to make your mark in the creative industry.

You’ll explore some of the latest equipment in our studios, the wide-range of rewarding careers open to you as a graduate, and chat to students studying different courses.

Book your place now as a student or teacher

At our Taster Day, you'll:

  • Choose to explore different tasters – from either Journalism & Creative Writing, Film TV & Broadcasting, or Film & Media Studies
  • Check out links to industry and how to kick-start your career in different and highly rewarding creative fields
  • Finesse your interviewing and headline-writing skills in our Journalism and Creative Write strand
  • Get hands-on with multi-camera directing and professional quality equipment in the the Film & TV Production strand
  • Explore para-sociality, narrative, themes, sound and visuals our Film & Media strand
  • Gain useful experience that you can talk about on your UCAS personal statement, showing your passion film, media and communications
  • Find out about transferable skills you’ll develop during your studies that will make you highly employable

Taster Day location

Check in opens at 9.15am at Eldon Building, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO5 4BG. Look out for our students in purple T-shirts who'll help direct you.

For schools and colleges arriving by coach or minibus, we recommend parking on Museum Road, Portsmouth. For more details on checking in and how to get here, take a look at our Subject Taster Day Guide.

Programme

Choose your subject area

When you save your place at the Taster Day, you'll be able to choose which strand to explore from:

Journalism & Creative Writing

Interview, write eye-catching headlines and get lost in the world of 'weird' fiction.

Film, Television & Broadcasting

Use specialist equipment and post-production editing in our high-spec studios.

Film and Media Studies

Analyse horror, para-sociality and the modern media landscape.

16 June 2022

Check in from 9.15am at Eldon Building, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO5 4BG and get ready to learn about studying a creative degree at university.

Here's our Subject Taster Days Guide, should you want to learn a little more about our Taster Days before booking or arrival, and to get travel information.

Our students learn through creating, making and doing. They seek to make positive changes to the world through creative storytelling and communication, one story at a time.

Find out why our students love studying at Portsmouth, then explore the highly employable skills you’ll gain across creative different degrees, and the exciting career options waiting for you as a Film, Media and Communications graduate.

When you save your place at the Film, Media & Communications Taster, you'll choose the subject area to get involved in, from:

Journalism & Creative Writing

Build your path to a bold career as a powerful, informative journalist. And develop your writing voice across various media, from stories to plays and screenplays.

Film, Television & Broadcasting

Whether you see yourself behind a camera, as a media critic, or as a producer steering a film from conception to finished product, a Film and Television degree is the perfect preparation for your ideal profession.

Film and Media Studies

Learn how global media reflects, shapes and affects societies and cultures, from news and television, to social networks, and pick to explore either creative writing or production editing in the afternoon.

*You'll attend 1 of these sessions based on the subject area you select when you book your place.

Journalism & Creative Writing 

Interviewing and headline-writing. Interview each other and decide what information could be used for an article. Then, come up with headlines for certain images, ready for publication.

After a short break, you’ll debate a key topic of the day, discussing how it’s been reported and sharing your views on the subject.

Film, Television & Broadcasting

Directing multiple TV cameras for reality television. This hands-on session will be held in our newest, high-specification, TV Studio, and will give you an insight into multi-camera directing and camera operating, using professional quality cameras and vision mixing desks.

Film and Media Studies

Discover how skills of observation and analysis feed into a better appreciation of the modern media landscape. 

Part 1: Short Sharp Shocks, Analysing Horror.

Learn how horror in film and media is structured to scare you. Using examples and clips, Dr Emma Austin, a published author on horror and Zombie culture will talk you through how to expect the unexpected in narrative, themes, sound and visuals.

Part 2: Are You Talking to Me? Analysing TV Celebrity Talk Shows.

In this taster session, David Garland (Course Leader for Media Studies) will demonstrate how celebrity talk shows use techniques relating to the concept of 'para-sociality' to establish a bond between the host and viewers.

Throughout the sessions, you’ll be able to ask questions about any of the subject areas you've experienced, studying at Portsmouth – and/or whatever you want to know about uni.

Fuel-up. Feel free to bring your own lunch for the day or grab something from the cafeteria.

*You'll attend 1 of these sessions based on the subject area you select when you book your place.

Journalism & Creative Writing 

Explore this creative writing session provided by our writers, looking at ‘weird’ fiction, and how to explore those worlds through stories. Some reading, some talking, some exercises, examining how writers use different techniques to excite their readers and keep them hooked till the end.

Film, Television & Broadcasting

Post-production editing – in this lecture and workshop, you’ll be introduced to techniques and tools used by broadcasting professionals during the post-production process.

Film and Media Studies

Choose between 2 options:

  • Creative Writing: From Fantasy to Science-Fiction – look at weird fiction, and how writers use different techniques to excite their readers and keep them hooked till the end.

Or:

  • Post-production editing – understanding techniques and using professional software.

Throughout the sessions, you’ll be able to ask questions about any of the subject areas you've experienced, studying at Portsmouth – and/or whatever you want to know about uni.

Consider future creative careers, the different routes into the field and where studying a degree in the Film, Media & Communications might take you.