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Bridging the expectation gap: Career pathways for entrants to the film and TV industries

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Dr James Zborowski

Dr James Zborowski
Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies

Project Description

The project will triangulate assumptions and expectations about the creative industries from three different perspectives:

- education providers (those who design and deliver formal media-related courses, e.g. BTEC qualifications, to 16-18 year-olds)

- level 3/further education/’sixth-form’ students

- film and TV industry employers

A frequent complaint of film and TV industry employers is that new entrants to the industry lack a fine-grained understanding of:

a) entry-level roles and what they entail
b) career progression paths
c) technical skills for roles with skills gaps (e.g., editing)
d) the contractual and financial realities of the sector.

The way creative work is framed in popular discourse – and taught in level 3 qualifications and beyond – can compound these assumptions by presenting a limited view of creativity which glamourizes high-level production roles and renders invisible the everyday realities of building career pathways through the sector.

By confirming the existence and extent of these ‘expectation gaps’, our research can take first steps towards addressing them. This has positive implications for efficiency, productivity and social justice. We hope to equip young entrants to the industry with the knowledge and skills they need, and to provide them with a clearer view of working conditions, barriers to entry and opportunities for progression.

Status Project Live
Funder(s) Screen Industries Growth Network
Value £50,000.00
Project Dates Mar 1, 2023 - Feb 29, 2024
Partner Organisations University of York

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