Bonita Norris, BA Media Arts, TV presenter
What advice would you give to other graduates hoping to have a career in television?
“People in TV are overworked - they can always do with
eager graduates willing to help out. You have to be willing to work long
hours, do menial tasks and may not get paid, but once you're inside a
production company, you'll have the opportunity to learn a lot and make
your way up the ranks internally.”
How has your degree helped your career?
“Studying Media Arts was fascinating - the course studies
so many aspects of cinema and television. I loved learning about
different cultures through world cinema and as I liked to think myself a
film buff - the history side of how Hollywood developed really
important to learn about too. What I liked most was that as with real
life film making, the course was equally creative and technical - we
could explore our most outlandish ideas and were then taught the skills
needed to make them a reality on screen.”
How have you applied what you learned at Royal Holloway to your work?
“It's great to be able to understand simple things such as
technical terms, how final cut works, how to turn a camera on - what
the lingo means. TV is seriously stressful and competitive, and having
both a theoretical understanding of its history and how the industry
works today, coupled with technical understanding, is vital - so I would
recommend this course to anyone who wants to work in film and