Media and Communications Technology

The games, graphics and media industries are big business, with growth and developments being driven by rapid advances in processor power, storage, communications technology, digital compression and software. What's more, the UK is home to some of the leading postproduction companies, which are responsible for the visual effects in major Hollywood movie releases, TV commercials and TV drama.

Undergraduate courses

Industry links

At Kingston University we work closely with industry, so you'll hone your skills on courses designed in line with business needs

To ensure you stay up to date with the latest developments we invite key experts to guest lecture and provide industry insight.

Hollywood producer (and ex-senior executive at Disney and Dreamworks), Max Howard, visited to give tips on pitching scripts and critiqued students projects - whilst Head of international outreach at DreamWorks Animation Shelley Page came during her international tour, to showcase the best new animation talent from around the world.

Course director Paul Honey said "The students really benefit from meeting someone who has years of experience in their field and it's great for them to engage in conversation with someone like Shelley who is right at the heart of their chosen profession."

New industry award launch: "Bill Vinten GTC University Award 2013 for excelent teaching of camera work skills".

Networking

You'll also get the opportunity to network with industry professionals and work on real-world projects. For example, 120 of our Television and Video Technology students were recently rubbing shoulders with the BBC, NBC and leading sports reporters as they assisted the Olympic Broadcasting Service. They helped with the commentary systems, assisted cameramen and logged the video material obtained.

Current students have also received acclaim for their work, winning awards such as 'Best documentary or experimental film' in the Film Nation Shorts Awards, and being nominated at other prestigious events, such as the Cinematique Student Film Festival and Yobi.tv's film competition.

Meet Kim Collins - Media Technology - 3rd Year Student

I am currently a third year finishing off my Media Technology B.Sc. Degree.

University group projects such as creating short films, an animation and an advertisement campaign have allowed me to work within a team whilst at the same time pursuing my own individual task within the group which enables me to experience how a project would be completed in the industry.

The course has also taught me a wide range of skills, ranging from circuit building to Flash animation. An aspect of the course which I found the most useful was the chance to work on mini-project in the second year in which the lecturers encouraged the students to branch out and use software which they had less experience with and provided industry type briefs for you to work on. It is in the module that I developed my passion for Computer Generated Imagery which is now the basis for both my third year dissertation and Final Year Project.

Because of the modules I studied as part of this course I was able to secure the position of camera assistant at the Olympic and Paralympic Games last summer which gave me a good opportunity to study camera work and observe innovative ideas to obtain interesting and exciting shots.

Overall, the course gives you a mix of practical skills and the theoretical knowledge to take on the challenge of many engaging and interesting future careers.

Two Kingston students chosen for International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers (IABM) 2013 Engineering Student Awards

The industry trade group recognises full-time college students entering the fields of broadcast engineering or media technology with high achievement records.

This year's winners are Adam Plowden and Amy Tinker of Kingston University, England; Zoe Wyeth of the University of Salford, England; Julian Theis of the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, Germany; Pierre Hamme-Gerome and Antonin Morel of the Université de Valenciennes, France; Kathryn Savage of Southampton Solent University, England; Lennard Bredenkamp of HTWK Leipzig, Germany; and Evgenii Smirnov and Anna Nikolaeva of St. Petersburg State University of Film and Television, Russia

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Student work

Our courses cover the technology for the craft skills as well as practical disciplines. Here's a taste of some of our student projects.

 

For his final year project Computer Graphics Technology student Matt Bowler modelled, textured, lit and made a composite of a Bugatti car.


Matt says, "I have always had a fascination with cars, I just like looking at them, being in them and driving them, and so for my final year project I jumped at the opportunity to create a photorealistic model of a car and chose the Famous Bugatti Veyron. Read more from Matt.


The Unlocked Cage by Abel Chogani is one of the short films made by students on our Creative Technology BSc(Hons): course



Highlights of the "Behind The Scenes, a photographic journey" series by Adam Plowden

Have a look at more student work here.