Preparing for Progression in Creative Media Production

Uni Research

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Job Research

Mannin Media

Mannina media, or mannin group mostly aim at the web and graphic side of things, like making websites and graphics for business. Having doing work experience here I know that working in this kind of enviroment is something that I might like to do in the future.

Ashgrove Marketing

Ashgrove an example of a marketing company, that also focus on web and graphic design. This would be a really good place for me to look into as I dont know much about them.

Greenlight TV

Greenlight TV is a cinematography based company that mostly focuses on mediums like motorsport. I’ve recently been enjoying doing work in film and as im doing this for my FMP, this might be something for me to look into further.

3 Legs ltd

This is an interesting company, as it looks into solely web design based elements, and creating web based applications. This is something i’m going to be doing at university so this is something i’d need to look into further if I wasn’t applying to university, or if I don’t get in.

Overall, I can see quite a few job prospects for me on the Isle of Man. I currently see myself as a bit of a ‘jack of all spades’ in media, as I still haven’t found what sort of thing I want to actually specialise in. This is why I applied to the Creative Media Technologies course at Leeds Beckett, as it offers a variety of subjects within the course.

Strengths and attributesof a Graphic Designer

  • Highly Motivated
  • Imaginative
  • Brutally honest
  • Very passionate
  • Like to welcome new challenges
  • Very punctual with time, deadlines
  • Always finds balance
  • Good commuincator
  • Professional attitude
  • Welcomes criticism

Strengths and attributes of a Web Designer

  • Empathises with the viewer/audience
  • Relies on data, not instinct
  • Doesn’t make web users think
  • Not a huge ego?
  • Uses maslows hierarchy of needs (for users)


Personal Statement

Writing a personal statement is a vital part of my uni application, so in order to get it right I went ahead and looked at some examples of good and bad personal statements. Labeled as one of the worst personal statements EVER, I found this one, that was actually really useful to me;

“Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.” – Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel.I feel this quote reflects my own thrist for knowledge and that’s why I’ve had a love of reading from a young age, right from the time I could read The Very Hungry Caterpillar.These days my literary interests are rather more sophisticated, after all there’s nothing like Ulysses to show off one’s superior intelligence when indulging in my favourite activity (reading) in a coffee shop.I’m never happier than when I’m reading, and that’s why I want to study BA English Language and Literature at Oxford – that and the G&D’s ice cream! (Jokes!)

Oddly enough it was actually the film 10 Things I Hate About You that made me decide for sure that I wanted to study English. All my friends kept saying how much I remind them of Julia Stiles in that film with her passion for poetry.Its true, I do adore poetry and I have won quite a few awards for my own poems and everyone says how good they are. Poets I especially admire include John Keats, Sylvia Plath, William Wordsworth, Philip Larkin, Seamus Heany, John Milton and William Blake.I love novels too, my favourites being Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice and Lord of the Rings.I’m not a one-trick pony though. I also enjoy history, especially the Edwardians, as I’m a big fan of Downton Abbey. Downton has given me an interest in the First World War, as we see its impact on the Crawley family. It seems especially pertinent to be thinking about the First World War in this centenary year.

I am best in my class for all my subjects, so I think I’d fit right in at Oxford. When I’m writing an essay I have a steely determination to get the best grade, not unlike a hunter whose only thought is to catch the biggest, most impressive stag he can set his sights on.

My AS grade in history wasn’t as good as I’d have liked, but my teachers say that was only because I got sidetracked by spending too much time reading and writing poetry!! I’d love to study it at university and it’s my joint favourite subject with English.

When I’m not winning poetry competitions or reading sophisticated books in my local cafe, I enjoy socialising with my mates and going to the cinema.

I’m applying for deferred entry as I’m having a gap year. 🙂

Some bad points I took from reading this personal statement are:

  • Very informal
  • Multiple spelling mistakes and grammar
  • Uses cliche phrases and backstories
  • Naming a course/university
  • Pretentious quoting
  • Uses an emoji at the end…
  • Used slang, words like ‘mates’

Researching into bad examples of personal statements helped me identify the kind of thing I need to stay away from when writing mine.

My enthusiasm for Graphic and Web Design is longstanding. As a child I was captivated by computer games, particularly due to the online element of playing against people internationally. I find it fascinating that a Graphic Designer can create simply through a screen, and how graphics can be incorporated into a multi-online universe. This provided escapism and solace, to which everyone should have access. After attaining an Art AS-level, I was keen to join Art & Design (UAL) Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology at the University College Isle of Man. I had previously attended weekly life drawing classes which gave me an insight into the facilities available and the course has helped me gain more experience in the field of Graphic Design. Studying Art & Design (UAL) Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology I have explicitly developed my skills in the areas of Animation, Sound Design, Production and Photography, and I have also found Graphic Design and Web Design greatly absorbing. I personally find amazement in how visual concepts can be created using Photoshop, Illustrator, FCP Motion and After affects, evolving the original theoretical ideas I have planned out on paper. Research and analysis are also very important components of the course and I enjoy exploring function and underlying connotations. This encourages me to give relevance to my own work and directs me to a pertinent outcome. For the duration of my course, having had the opportunity of being my class representative, I was able to successfully bond with and motivate my peers. In my first year I achieved DDDMM in my units, yet I am motivated to push these grades higher and achieve all Distinctions by the end of this year. Furthermore, to obtain experience within Web Design and Graphic Design I undertook work experience at Sam Hewitson Web Design and Mannin Media where I worked on branding, public health awareness graphics and illustration. This environment appealed to me immensely as it is very fast paced, ultimately developing many new skills in a short space of time. I shadowed the Graphic Designer, who demonstrated the importance of communicating with his clients both directly and indirectly. Additionally, I learnt new techniques on how to ‘hit the nail on the head’ with specific target audiences. Appealing to particular audiences is another intriguing aspect of Web Design. It is always a ‘new day’ with contemporary graphic design trends rapidly changing, allowing me to use both old and new elements within my work. Throughout my time in school I committed myself to the rugby and football team, participating in a football tour to Holland, Germany and Belgium. This allowed me to work with opponents from differing backgrounds towards a common goal which I feel is a mandatory skill for pursuing a career in Web Design I have represented my local badminton club and I aim to continue maintaining my physical fitness which enables me to relax and gain a better perspective when working on creative projects. Growing up in Scotland has given me the experience of city life, where I feel I was able to develop initiative. After travelling to multiple countries, I feel living in a city would enable me to gain more inspiration for my work. Working at my local pub and restaurant has enabled me to appreciate the importance of meeting deadlines, giving me essential experience of working as part of a team in a fast-paced environment. I ultimately aim to pursue a career in Web Design and Development. I am committed to learn more aspects of Web Authoring, App and Web Design, and build myself an evolutionary portfolio to propel me forward into the exciting areas of Creative Media Technologies.

After meeting with a UCAS specialist once a week, I believe I’ve produced a really well working final statement. I feel that the words really flow off the page well, and I managed to avoid many potential mishaps, thankfully I had looked into what makes a poor personal statement, and I knew what to do.

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