When I came to York, I was initially enrolled on BSc TV and Film Production. While that course presented a lot of fantastic opportunities, I decided to transfer to BA Business of the Creative Industries. I was struck by its originality and collaborative nature.
Why did I choose Business of the Creative Industries?
Business of the Creative Industries (BCI) really encouraged me to broaden my horizons. There are hands-on modules like Studio Production and Esports Content Production, as well as options from BSc Interactive Media, BSc Film and Television Production, BA Music, and BA Theatre: Writing, Directing and Performance.
Even after switching courses, my love for film remained! In my second year, I opted for the Filmmaking module. Now I’m leading a group project focused on the revival of Silent Film.
Dynamic Content for a Dynamic Industry
In my experience, perception of the BCI degree program often falls short of its true scope.
It integrates aspects of various degree programs. It allows you to develop and apply business, leadership, finance and strategic skills to creative industries contexts.
You are consistently encouraged to explore your own creative pathway, whether it’s in music, film, fashion, games, advertising… the list goes on!
This personalised and innovative approach allows you to develop a deep connection and enthusiasm for individual modules. You’ll develop relationships with like-minded peers pursuing similar ambitions.
Connecting to the Creative Industries
BCI integrates masterclasses into its modules, offering you insights into your future career.
Personally, I have had the pleasure of taking masterclasses led by TV producers and editors. Invitations from other School of Arts and Creative Technologies courses regularly extend to BCI students. They provide valuable opportunities to connect with industry professionals and expand your network.
What is it like to study Business of the Creative Industries?
Independent work is integral to modules like Content Development, Creative Business Leadership, and your assessed project. But BCI also provides substantial time for collaboration.
Recognising the importance of teamwork in professional settings, this emphasis on collaboration provides a valuable opportunity to share insights, and work collectively to problem-solve.
It’s a great way to enhance your skills and build lasting connections with your peers. You’ll create a supportive network that extends beyond your lectures, seminars, and workshops.
Find out more about the BCI modules under ‘Course Content’.
Placement Year Possibilities
A placement year may initially seem daunting, but it’s an invaluable opportunity to immerse yourself in a sector you’re passionate about.
If you’re eligible, a placement year can allow you to develop your portfolio in a creative industry of your choice, or expand your network into a different industry.
As a member of the inaugural BCI cohort, collectively navigating this new course, I stand among just 4 students who chose to complete a placement year.
I’m interestsed in marketing and the automotive industry, so I pursued a placement at Audi UK. The range of opportunities – from actively participating in shoots to attending award shows and industry events – has provided me with an established network and a solid foundation for a career post-graduation.
(Placement tip: If you’re eligible, actively seek and apply for placements. Opportunities can be found on the University of York’s Handshake platform, LinkedIn, Bright Network, Creative Access and Ratemyplacement).
Opportunities Beyond Placement
Proactively exploring opportunities outside scheduled teaching can boost your CV and help you navigate your career options.
During my second year I freelanced as an Online Producer for ITV. I got to put the skills learned on my course to use, gained great insights and expanded my network.
So, What Now?
I’m now in my final year. I have experienced such a unique blend of business and creativity on this course, and have confidence to pursue a successful career post-graduation.
Whatever career you choose to pursue, Business of the Creative Industries is your catalyst for turning aspirations into achievements.