Shannon didn’t have any experience or knowledge in television production before starting her studies but that hasn't stopped her from gaining skills and landing a job in industry while still studying.
Vocational education means the class sizes are smaller, it’s easier to build positive relationships with teachers and students. When a teacher knows their students they can foster the best interests and talents of the individuals, and this is what I’ve found with the Certificate IV in Screen and Media at RMIT.
Working as a team in a creative industry is really hard. You have an image in your head of how you want something to look but someone might disagree with you. We’ve learnt important skills in how to communicate ideas, directing actors and crew, and how to compromise, which are all very important skills in film and TV.
24 Melbourne is a current assignment where we as students get to produce our own segments on pretty much anything we like and have full creative control. My segment is on a hidden bar in Melbourne, and it’s going to be a lot of fun to shoot on location and edit in post production.
I think RMIT had the best to offer in terms of skills, industry connections and facilities. My advice to anyone considering studying Screen and Media at RMIT is to Join RMITV, pick up a camera and play around with After Effects. The Cert IV is for beginners, and if you’re anything like me, I didn’t have any experience or knowledge around TV production when I started the program.
It’s also good to know what kind of learner you are. Can you survive in a lecture theatre? Or do you need to keep your hands busy? Can you memorise from a textbook or do you perform better creatively?
RMIT gives me access to the teachers I need to improve work-based skills to get a job in my industry.