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Postgraduate degree 'makes a difference' for creative jobs

Published: Tuesday, 29 September 2009   Category: Postgraduate Study

An expert has claimed that when it comes to graduate jobs in the creative industry, continuing higher education after a bachelor's degree could increase a candidate's employability.

Dr Paul Parry, course leader of the master's degree in animation and special effects at Sheffield Hallam University, spoke to the Independent about how important postgraduate qualifications have become in the competitive job market.

"Professional names such as Sony Computer Entertainments Europe and, I am told, the BBC are looking for that added extra that comes from an additional year gathering the skills and knowledge required by today's animation and special effects artists," Dr Parry explained.

He added that such a qualification in his area can broaden the possibilities when it comes to looking for a graduate job, with chances open in all types of broadcasting and communication roles.

Matt O'Shea, a University of Plymouth alumnus who landed a graduate job in the creative industry, recently spoke to the Drum about how his Digital Creatives initiative is helping fellow degree-holders to gain a similar employment opportunity.


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