Published: 21 March 2017

Top jobs with a media, film and sound degree

Find out what you could do with a degree in media, film or sound, and discover some of the jobs that await Surrey Digital Media Arts, Film and Video Production Technology, and Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) graduates.

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At the University of Surrey, our programmes in the field of communication and media studies are ranked top ten in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2017 and our School of Arts is home to a wealth of inspiring creative expertise across the musical genres and world-class facilities.

Our students also benefit from strong links to industry, a range of Professional Training placement opportunities, an influential networks of internationally respected alumni and academics, and a variety of attractive and exciting career prospects.

“I really enjoy the hands-on, practical aspects of the course. Not only do you gain a range of skills, the experience on certain projects will aid you in deciding what you would like to specialise in.” - Ashlee Lim, BA Digital Media Arts


Careers with a media, film and sound degree

A degree media, film or sound from the University of Surrey will provide you with the personal, professional and technical skills necessary for you to succeed in almost every area of the cultural and creative industries.

We have recently introduced exciting new undergraduate degrees in Digital Media Arts and Film and Video Production Technology, alongside our well-established and highly prestigious Music and Sound Recording (Tonmesiter) degree, which is unique in the UK and has produced highly successful alumni, including winners of Oscars, Grammys and the Mercury Prize.

Surrey alumni Chris Benstead won an Oscar in 2014 for his role as Music Editor and Sound Re-recording Mixer for the film Gravity.

“Working with film-makers to deliver the music for a film is a hugely rewarding experience. Music can have a tremendous impact, so I relish the challenge of finding what a film responds best to. The role of music editor is both creative and technical, and as a result is extremely varied. Surrey had a massive impact on my career path so immerse yourself in your subject as much as possible.” - Chris Benstead, BMus Music and Sound Recording (class of 2004) 

Our pioneering Professional Training placement programme gives our students the opportunity to experience a real working environment as an integral part of their degree. We are proud to say that a considerable number of our students are offered work within the company/organisation they completed their Professional Training placement with.


Media, film and sound graduate jobs

Our Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) degree programme covers a broad range of subjects and prepares our graduates for a variety of careers in all areas of the audio industry, from practical audio engineering and musical roles through to the development of new audio technologies.

In recent years, our Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) graduates have secured roles including:

  • Abbey Road Studios, Runner
  • Banff Centre, Audio Engineer
  • BBC, Studio Manager
  • Calrec, Customer Support Engineer
  • Focusrite, Test Engineer

A placement informs a firm understanding of the working environment and will hold one in better stead when looking for a job after graduating. Working for Sky was a fantastic experience, one I was very lucky to have. - Tim McKeever, BMus Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister)

  • Metropolis Studios, Assistant Recording Engineer
  • Orbitsound, Sound Technology Engineer
  • RGB Communication, Technical Support
  • Roll to Record, Sound Engineer
  • Sonorous Post, Assistant Dubbing Mixer

Although Digital Media Arts and Film and Video Production Technology are new programmes, it is anticipated that they will also produce highly employable graduates.

Indicative career paths for Digital Media Arts include cross-platform media development, games development, user experience design, animation, film and television production, digital post-production, independent media arts practices, live performance, and marketing and advertising.

Our degree in Film and Video Production Technology will equip you for career options in all aspects of the film and television industries. Career possibilities include directing, producing, broadcast engineering, lighting design, production assistants, digital imaging technicians, programme research, technical co-ordinators, post-production editors, academic research, and developers and creators of engineering hardware or software for the film and broadcast industries.

Learn why Neil Garner, Surrey graduate and Director of broadcast training company Training for TV, believes that our Film and Video Production Technology degree will prepare students for success in the broadcast industry.


Discover more about our degrees in Music and Sound, and Computer games, media and film production, our pioneering Professional Training placement scheme and student life at Surrey.

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