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Multimedia covers a wide variety of job areas including web design, computer games design, advertising graphics, animation and new media. Multimedia is used in libraries, museums, security systems, cable TV, publishing houses, schools, retailers, films, games, training and video conferencing.

Much of the work is freelance work and can be done working from home. You need to be adaptable - able to cope with constant change. Able to learn new things quickly, client focused with good team skills and able to work in project teams.

There is a need for multimedia developers - Flash Developers, network engineers, legal and “rights” experts, publishers, graphic artists, sound experts, animators, authors/content providers, project managers, picture researchers.

Employers look for knowledge of specific packages e.g. Flash, Dreamweaver, AJAX etc. and preferably knowledge of more than one package. There is plenty of opportunities for "skills transfer". A web-based portfolio can be valuable.

Common job areas:

  • Web Designer/Developer
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Software Developer/Programmer
  • IT Support/Helpdesk
  • On-line publishing – editorial/design

 

Three University of Kent graduates helped the film The Jungle Book win Best Visual Effects at the recent Academy Awards

When I was a student I was never aware that you could offer your skills in the corporate world putting into practice all areas of multimedia. I always thought my options were limited to website design, and the animators of the class had animation.

As well as IT and educational companies corporate companies also employ many multimedia designers.  I was surprised to find that what I thought was my basic knowledge in multimedia was very much needed in areas where people’s main jobs were not related to computers. For example showing a lawyer how to watch a video on their computer, making a well designed flyer, etc.

Seun Sarayi, Kent Multimedia Graduate

 

Destinations of Kent Multimedia graduates

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Destinations of University of Kent Multimedia Technology & Design Graduates

These statistics only cover the first six months after graduation. Destinations for all subjects (1999-last year) can be found at www.kent.ac.uk/careers/fdrbases/destinations.htm

FURTHER STUDY

  • PhD Electronic Engineering - Kent
  • MSc MSc Computer Animation - Kent (30), MSc Digital Visual Effects - Kent (20), MSc Mobile Application Design - Kent, MSc Computer Science - University of Kent (2), Oxford Brookes, Sussex, MSc-T IT Consultancy - Kent, MSc Information Security and Biometrics - Kent, MSc (research) Electronics - Kent, MSc Visual Imaging & Virtual Environment - UCL, MSc Interactive Media Design - Middlesex, MSc Information Security - Royal Holloway, MSc Internet Computing - Surrey University, MSc Information & Communication Technologies, MA Image & Communication - Goldsmiths, MA Visual Effects - Bournemouth, MA Photography - Falmouth, MA Management - City Univ., MA Film Prodouction - Christ Church Univ.
  • Teacher Training PGCE Secondary ICT - Christ Church (9), Institute of Education, Univ. of Hertfordshire, Univ. of Greenwich, PGCE Secondary Design & Technology - Christ Church
  • Other: CPE/GDL (Law qualification), BA Visual Design & Advertising - ASAD, PG Dip. Design for Visual Communication - University of the Arts, Computer Game 3D Animation - Escape Studios (2), Visual Effects Course - Escape Studios, Certificate in ITM - Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT) BA Business

EMPLOYMENT
MULTIMEDIA/IT-RELATED EMPLOYMENT e.g. 

  • Web Designer or Developer or Programmer Think Media Group (6), Bell Systems (3), Site Wizard (2), Sagittarius Marketing (3), Holiday Extras (6), University of Kent (3), Adept Solutions, Goodings Media, E4Education, PPM & Associates, Smart Domain Group, Black Pig, Duration Group, SportingBet.com, Top 10, Faith the Agency, Myjoma, Encore Tickets, BKH, Adfero, Ajak Pro, IG Group, Gap 360, Dimensions Corporate Wear, PWC, Dial Media, Squiggle, Medical Pages Ltd, Deeson Group, Ambrit, Audis Partnership, Cardboard Fish, Hemscott Finance, Cashcade Online Gaming, Northpoint Consultants, Spring Digital, Portal Corporation, Royal Bank of Scotland, Kent Institute Of Art & Design, Applegate Media, Comet, Devansoft, Friends Reunited, Parenta, BAM Student Marketing, Durodata,Tesco, Dot Digital Group,
    Content Formula, Smile-On, G-Forces Web Mgmt, One Minus One , Executive Grapevine, Dovetail Services, UK Vending Ltd. , Net Squared , Helix Websites, Yell, Interactive Red, Pure Tone, Smiths Medical, Pockit, M, BritWeb
  • PHP Developer - Cyber Interactive
  • Web Development Manager/Senior Designer - Aegis/Digits Industries
  • ActionScript Programmer - Speech Link Multimedia
  • Front End Developer - Vulture
  • User Interface Developer - TUI Travel plc
  • Web Content Manager - Digital Annex
  • Multimedia Designer - The Pavement (Film Co.)/J.C Decaux/Wisdom Solutions/Wheel in London
  • Digital Designer - Hays Recruitment, Epic
  • Digital Media Co-ordinator - Kent Union
  • Design Advertising Co-ordinator - Hays Recruitment
  • Lead Creative Designer - Acceleron Internet Marketing
  • Digital Effects - Moving Picture Company
  • E-Learning Developer - NATS
  • Interactive Designer - Data Locater
  • Director of New Media - NextGen Mobile
  • Creative Marketing Media Tech'n - Drive Inc.
  • Online Marketing Ass't - Kings Fine Food
  • Games Programmer - Blaze Interactive, KUJU Zoe Mode Brighton
  • Programmer - Selex Communications
  • Technical Rigger - Autoscript
  • IT Helpdesk Advisor/Analyst - GSK/Blick, Tr. Desktop Support Analyst - Tilmanstone Salads, Junior QA Analyst - MDSL
  • Internet Administrator - Rothschild
  • Instant Management Coordinator - Microsoft
  • IT Specialist - Oxleas NHS Trust/AVC Europe
  • IT Consultant - First Clarity
  • Media Consultant - Just Consulting
  • Network Manager - Chaucer College/ School, Network Support - Smart Stop IT
  • Technical Support Analyst - Gissing Software
  • E-commerce Content Editor - First Choice, Create A Bar
  • Software Developer or Programmer - Fairmort/ Lloyds TSB/Accenture/ Logica/ Norwich Union/ McKinney Rogers/Broad Systems/Capricorn Productions/Lynx Internet /AE, Business Computer Solutions/Goldman Sachs/Sports Analysis Ltd, BYS Holdings plc, Intuitive Systems
  • IT Support - University of Kent/Pilgrim's Hospice/DST International/Ink & Media/Adastra/Poole Council/The Press Association/E.Kent Regional Health Authority, Redinet, Corus Hotels
  • Digital Marketing & Search Graduate SEO trainee - Greenlight, Marketing Campaign Manager -eCircle, Digital Marketing Ass't - University of Kent, Web & Marketing Co-ordinator - Component Force
  • Research Assistant - University of Kent (2)
  • IT Administrator - Beck Interiors, MOD Estates
  • Website Administrator - Delta Medical
  • Account Manager - Think Tank Publishing/Experian
  • Scheduling Administrator - Services Sound & Vision Corporation
  • Editor/Assistant - Lavender Blue Nadia, Williams Editing (Post Production) , Magicalia (On-line Publisher)
  • Wide End Print Operator - Prompt Side
  • Press Officer - Elemis
  • Producer/Director - Sky Arts - BSkyB
  • Junior VFX Artist - Framestore
  • Sound Designer/Editor - Zound Film Audio
  • Runner - Metro Productions, Double Negative
  • Media Trainee - Online Post Production
  • Compliance Officer - Channel 5
  • Designer - Slick Models, Achica
  • 3D Modeller/Specialist - 5th Dimension, Pinpoint Visualisations
  • 3D Visualizer - Realising Designs
  • DVD Designer - The Pavement (Film Co.)
  • Graphic Designer - Wolf Thermo Module GmbH, Cammegh Ltd, Plus Publishing, Smile Publishing, Harbex, All Perception, Telecomms Co., Online Post Production, Formula 1 Management
  • Video Graphics Artist - SG Gaming
  • Graphic/Web Designer - Blue Box Creative, The Building Register
  • Web Designer & Video Editor - Heavy Entertainment
  • Kitchen Designer - Ceasar Ceramics/Deutsche Kitchens
  • Presenter - Asian Channel Prime TV
  • Runner - Framestore
  • Learning technologist - Suffolk Univ. , IT Support/Admin - Rochester Independent College, Student IT Support Officer - St. George's Univ., Central Support Ass't - Univ. of Kent,

OTHER EMPLOYMENT e.g.

  • ADVERTISING: Traffic Manager - News International , Campaign Traffic Co-ordinator - Advertising.com
  • SALES AND MARKETING: Marketing Officer/Assistant - Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd, Access IT,James Villa Holidays Sales Consultant - Phones 4U, Carphone Warehouse, Technician - Action Advertising, Sales Executive - Daily Mirror, Sales Support - Clear Channel Media/Transmedia Link/Reform Technologies, Sales Assistant - PC World/Virgin/HMV/Staples,
  • TEACHING: Instructor - Wymondham College, ICT Teaching Ass't - Primary School, EFL Teacher,
    Graduate Teacher + PGCE ICT Greenwich, Ass't Nursury School Teacher,
    ICT Teacher (GTP) - School/Canterbury Christ Church Univ.
    Ass't Graphic Design Lecturer
    - Malta College
  • Teaching English Abroad - English in Japan (JET), EPIK Korea,
  • ADMINISTRATOR or Administrative Assistant - Kingsway College, Essex County Counci, Home Office, Sujitsu Services Southbank International School, Personnel Solutions, Stockbrokers, Tesco, NHS, Safeway, Dept of Work & Pensions,South Bank University, Donor Administrator - the Tate Gallery, Ministry of Justice
  • FINANCE: Trainee Accountant - Rhodes & Rhodes, Customer Relations - Barclays Financial, Fraud Analyst - ACI Worldwide, Business Analyst - Johnson Controls, Account Systems - NHS , Vault Counter - HSBC, Case Mngr - Barclays Bank
  • Logistics Manager - Eksel Bimetal & Sahin Engine Bearings
  • Travel Agent - Lotus International
  • Customer Services - Toys R Us/Nationwide/Primark/Southern Co-operatives
  • Professional Dancer - AMCK, RAF Officer, Police Officer, Trainee Audiologist - Mansel Hearing, Managing Director - C&P Ltd, Production Management - Crenswich Gourmet Bacon, Information Ass't - NHS, Cast Member - Disney World Florida, Kite Surfing Instructor, Lifeguard, Postman, Bar Worker, Car Body Repairs Specialist, Team Leader - Sainsbury, International Project Co-ordinator - Medicys Ltd, Gym Instructor - Univ. of Kent
SELF EMPLOYED e.g. Web Designer (7), Multimedia Designer - Blue Slug, Comic Relief, Franki & Jonny, Freelance Flash Developer, Director - Mesh Design, Multimedia Artist - Jam Flicks, Network Engineer, Freelance Film Director, Video Producer - Illegible Studios, 3D Generalist - Two Rivers, Graphic Artist - Manga High, Software Engineer - Blue Art Computer, Social Media Consultant - TalkWeb Freelance Set Builder, Freelance Designer, Heating Engineer , Internet Sales/Laptop Technician.

 

Destinations of Kent MSc Computer Animation Graduates

  • 3D Animator/Generalist Dare
  • Computer Animator Pixel Circus
  • 3D Computer animator Lastregoe Testa Multimedia
  • Effects Assistant The Glass Works
  • Glasgow Animation - 3D Modeller
  • Sega - Functionality Tester
  • Steel Drum Studios - 3D Generalist
  • The Mill - Runner
  • Brain-Store - Junior Animator
  • Fiction Films - Gmbh Animator
  • Cinesite - Matchmover
  • Sinful Design - Freelance Graphic Designer
  • Self Employed - Computer Graphics Producer
  • Self Employed - Computer Graphic Artist
  • Freelance animator
  • Freelance Self employed
  • Cinesite - Data Operations Manager
  • Lecturer Guangzhou University
  • Demonstrator - University of Kent
  • Chaucer College - Computer Support Ass't
  • Chaucer College - Teacher
  • Creative Foundation - PR Manager
  • Canterbury Christ Church - University Teacher
  • Halifax - Administrative Agent
  • Argos - Delivery Assistant
  • Comet - Sales Assistant
  • Shepherd Neame - Bartender
  • Queen Mary College PhD
  • Diploma in Advanced Character Animation

Destinations of Kent MSc Digital Visual Effects Graduates

  • Lucas Film - Simulation Trainee
  • Jordan Pioneers - VFX Producer
  • Rubicon Studios - Texturing & Lighting Artist
  • Technical support engineer - VFast Internet
  • MCR (Machine control room) Worker - Glassworks
  • Roto/Paint Artist - Double Negative
  • Junior VFX Artist - TT Games Owed by Warner Brothers
  • Junior compositor - Chromatica
  • Main Frame - Visual Effects Artist
  • Product specialist - The Foundry, London
  • Previz Artist - Double Negative, London
  • Home Comforts - Community Care Senior Support Worker
  • Microsoft - QA Tester
  • Sussex District Council Leisure Ass't
  • Self Employed - Visual Effects Designer
  • Self Employed - The Mill Runner
  • Self Employed Nightfire Digital Productions - Web Designer
  • Visual Effects Contractor - Self employed
  • VFX Compositor/3D Generalist Artist - Self employed
  • University of Cyprus - Research Assistant
  • Assistant Lecturer in Digital Visual Effects - University of Kent
  • University Demonstrator - University of Kent
  • Mass. Institute of Technology USA - Postgraduate Research
  • Further Study: Kent University - MSc Computer Animation

 

Once you have read this information, visit the Careers Centre (in Keynes Driveway). You can browse in the Careers Centre as you would a library or ask at reception if you need help.


Bruce Woodcock - Careers Adviser for Multimedia

Animation

The animation industry ranges across many different segments of the audio visual industries including television, feature films, commercials, websites and computer games.

There are about 2000 employees in UK. Often your first job is as a production assistant or runner. You need to network and send out speculative CVs and need a quality portfolio

New Media (Internet Consultancies)

This covers everything from WAP 'phones, to interactive television, to e-commerce. Employers include web design companies, software houses, dot.coms, and media companies.

  • Require Java programmers, project managers, project architects, graphic designers.
  • Web designers need advanced HTML, Dreamweaver (web design), Shockwave, Illustrator (2D images), Flash (web page animation), and JavaScript skills, plus Oracle, SQL Server and ASP skills for backend work. You also need good visual design skills and commercial awareness - commercial web sites have to keep their customers and make money.
  • Often involved in globalisation issues - cultural differences.
  • Young, fast growing, informal companies.
  • Jobs include web designers, web journalists and editors, and marketing and customer service staff.

Major companies include:

Digital Marketing and Search Engine Optimisation

See our page on this: www.kent.ac.uk/careers/workin/digital-marketing.htm

Educational Multimedia

Web Design

  • Web Designers with HTML and multimedia skills - networking, XML, AJAX, PHP, Flash, JavaScript and Java skills are in demand.
  • Web database skills are very important
  • Lot of jobs are with small firms but most large organisations now employ in-house web designers and developers
  • Need to keep skills up to date
  • Good area for self employment

 

Starting salaries for Multimedia graduates entering web design/development typically range from £18K to £24K, averaging about £21k.

Web content producers seem to have salaries around the £28-£32k mark which would normally put them slightly out of the range of new graduates as they would normally require a couple of years experience, although there are a few vacancies for junior content producers which might be ideal.

Some content producer roles focus more on the text side where the role is closer to journalism and would normally require evidence of strong writing skills.

The key skills are CSS, AJAX, Dreamweaver, PHP and JavaScript. Flash Actionscript is now based on JavaScript so this should be easy to learn if you know Flash. Look at a range of jobs in web design and development, junior content production and Flash. If you can get any one of these you should be able to move on after a year or two to a more senior role where you can specialise more.

Excellent infographic on the career progression of a graphic designer
www.fifteendesign.co.uk/salary-and-progression

PROFILE: Multimedia Designer/Web Designer

INVOLVES: Designing & producing multimedia CDs & Internet Web Sites using text, graphics, sound, animation & video. Discussing requirements with clients. Prototyping - providing an initial quick draft of the solution for clients to see. Programming - often using a simple programming language called a scripting language. Liaising with graphic designers, musicians & video producers regarding content. Completing projects on time & budget. Keeping up to date with rapid developments in software & hardware.
EMPLOYERS: training organisations, educational institutions, educational software producers, IT consultancies. Almost any company with a Web Site. Self-employment & freelancing possible.
RELATED JOBS: applications programmer, systems analyst, graphic designer, publishing editor, advertising copywriter
SATISFACTIONS: Creative Design. Seeing the results of your work on screen. Problem solving. Intellectual challenge
NEGATIVES: Always needing to keep up to date with the latest technology - skills can rapidly become outdated.
SKILLS: analysing & investigating, planning, creativity, artistic ability.
ADVANCEMENT: To head of design team. Can move into the marketing & sales side. Can set up you own business.
DEGREE: computer science or graphic design degree.
POSTGRADUATE STUDY: A postgraduate computing conversion course or multimedia course would be the best route for graduates in subjects other than those above.
TIPS: Get experience of computer graphics, sound, video & programming. Look at Web Sites & Multimedia CDs to see what makes them stand out. Learn the key skills: html, Flash, Photoshop etc. Design your own web page - make it look professional, then send out speculative CVs to multimedia employers with instructions of how to access your web pages. Web Designers with HTML and multimedia skills - networking, HTML, Flash, CGI, JavaScript and Java skills in demand.

Further Information: UK Web Designers Association www.ukwda.org

Jobsite: Graduate Jobs www.jobsite.co.uk/jobs/it/webdevelopment

List of 57 web design companies in Kent (also has lists for other counties)
www.approvedindex.co.uk/indexes/webdesigners/counties/kent/directory.aspx

SourceThatJob media specific job board. Jobs for journalists, PR professionals, advertising people, web designers and marketers.

Games/Multimedia/Graphics/Web Design Recruitment Agencies

Applying for jobsold phone

Most applications for multimedia jobs will be made by CV and covering letter.
See www.kent.ac.uk/careers/applicn.htm for help with these.

You will find example multimedia and creative CVs at www.kent.ac.uk/careers/cv/cvexamples.htm

Also there is an Example Media CV and Media Covering Letter

You may also find our creative jobhunting and lateral thinking pages of value here.

For IT job interviews see www.kent.ac.uk/careers/interviews/ivcomputing.htm

You will need a PORTFOLIO to showcase your work. Nothing impresses more than a beautifully presented portfolio. See our portfolios page

One Kent graduate looking for work as a multimedia designer, sent his CV as a computer program dressed up as an old fashioned analogue phone, dialing 1presented the personal details, dialing 2 gave education, 3 personal details etc. which were typed on screen as you watched on an old-fashioned typewriter.

Magazines

Other multimedia links

  • British Computer Society www.bcs.org professional body for those working in IT. 65,000 members in more than 100 countries. Qualifying body for Chartered IT Professionals (CITP).
  • Adobe www.adobe.com Own Flash, Dreamweaver, Acrobat and other major multimedia products.
  • Transition Tradition www.transitiontradition.com provides work experience and publication opportunities for students. Links to creative industry organisations - from independent publishers to arts funding bodies - to help students and graduates access fast changing, niche resources. Magazine and forums enable student to share experiences.
  • See the Prospects Occupational Profiles for Multimedia Specialist www.prospects.ac.uk/links/MultimedSpec and Multimedia Programmer www.prospects.ac.uk/links/MultiProg
  • Bubble Jobs www.bubble-jobs.co.uk specialise in advertising the latest digital, online, ecommerce, online marketing, web development, social media and web design jobs
  • MWP Digital Media www.mwpdigitalmedia.com produce videos for a broad range of clients. We often recruit talented students on a freelance basis to work on various projects for our clients as presenters for corporate web presenter type videos, freelance animators for animated video production and editing, freelance videographers who can shoot on location.
  • Infographic on the path of a designer www.fifteendesign.co.uk/journey-into-the-design-industry which tracks the required stages from leaving education to finding their first job.
  • Video Production Blog Tricks and tips on getting on in the production industry http://ukjoncollins.com/video-editor-blog


 

Last fully updated 2015