Employment Opportunities and Job Roles in the Media Sector

For this task I will be going to explain different employment opportunities in the media sector, with what I could in the future.

Glossary For Employment Terms

  • Full-time Contract: is a type of contract where the employee will work a lot more than part-time employees (5 days a week) though they are usually offered more benefits such as annual leave, sick leave and even health insurance.
  • Part-time Contract: is a type of contract which the employee will typically work less than 30-35 hours per week.
  • Fixed-term Contacts: is a type of contract which will only last for a specified amount of time or until a certain task or event has been completed or ended.
  • Zero Hour Contracts: is a type of contract where the employer does not have to offer the employee any minimum working hours and the employee does not have to work any that is offered.
  • Apprenticeship: is a person who is in their training period, learning a trade with a business or freelancer of which you can gain a qualification.
  • Internship: is not dissimilar to an apprenticeship only an internship usually has the time limit of one week – 12 months and you can’t gain any formal types of qualifications though there is a chance of being offered a job.
  • Employee: a paid worker to a company.
  • Freelancers: is a person who are working independent from businesses and our their own boss.
  • Consultants: is a person who is hired to provide someone or  a business  advice.
  • Contractors: is a person or firm which is contacted by other for materials or labour.
  • P45: is a form which you will get from the employer you are working for and will show how much tax that has been paid from our salary thus far.
  • P60: is similar to P45 only to will show how much you have paid on your salary in the tax year.
  • P11D: is a form that you might receive from your employer if they sent it to HM Revenue and Customs about “Benefits in kind” that you are entitled to.
  • Benefits in kind: is “benefits” employees might be entitled to such as a company car.
  • Statutory Sick Days (SSP): if an employee is too ill to work then they can receive up to twenty-eight weeks paid leave, of which you can get no less than £88.45 though some company’s have a “occupational scheme” or a sick pay scheme that may mean that the employee can get more.

Ranges Of Employment Opportunities And Job Roles From Entry Level – Senior Roles

Being of a different entry level means being granted different positions in the company you are hired to, for example entry level employees are more likely to get the below mentioned positions in a media sector company:

  • Scripting (Character/ Environmental Movements): a person who uses Perl, PHP and Python (computer language) for a series of commands so that a file is than able to execute the command.
  • Data Analyst: will collect and analysing data so that their company can use it for marketing and other purposes.
  • Programmer: is similar to scripting where the employee will use computer language in order to make a program.
  • Conceptual Artist: is turning ideas into art that can be used in other departments in order to aid development.

Senior level positions:

  • 3D Animation: is ann artist who uses computer generated imagery; where the objects and backgrounds have been modelled with an “Z” angle to “XY” (2D animation) to add the other dimension.
  • UI Designers: is someone who would design user interfaces, e.g. menus.
  • VFX Developer: is a “visual-effects artist” that will create speical effects, animation and do some clean up as well.
  • Publicity Manager: will plan, direct and/ or coordinate activities/ events to maintain a favourable public image.

Pros And Cons of This Work

To work in the media industry there are of course going to be pros and cons into doing so, of which the advantages and disadvantage to every chosen field will change. In task 5 I will be choosing to base it around me being an illustrator, however since thats freelance work, I will use a concept artist as an example (also something I am very interest in).

Concept Artist

Pros –

  • You don’t usually need a diploma or qualification, the hire will be more interested in your portfolio and any experience you could have.
  • Starting with concept art you could work up into other departments.
  • Doing something you love.

Cons –

  • It’s not particularly high pay.
  • It’s hard to get noticed.
  • It’s a very competitive industry.

How The Job roles Will Overlap And Interact

For concept artists, they are generally the start of the pre-production process in their department by creating the look of the product, by working on things like environments, characters, objects and anything else that is needed. They would continue to work this throughout the pre-production process and – depending on how large the company is – into the production as well.

Concept artists would probably one of the first points of call to a to of other jobs, however they would probably work most intensively with the animators to get the look of the product right, so there are no mistakes with style or similar.

Concept artists might also help the department with scripting if they had made characters that had certain idiosyncrasies that would need to be portrayed, or a gadget or machine which would have certain functions.

Concept artists would also work with the publicity manager/ marketing team in producing promo images for release for advertisement.

Range of Skills Needed For This Job

Knowing skills an employer would want beyond a talent for art, I looked up a company wanting to hire a concept artist, found here.

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They would basically want an applicant to have these –

“Key Skills:

To produce concepts that meets the brief
Excellent communication skills
Imagination and creativity
Competence in relevant art software including Photoshop as a must and possibly Maya if appropriate.”

I feel like I would be able to meet these standards; I am able to follow briefs well. I have good communication skills and am able to work as part of a group or department. I am very capable at brainstorming ideas and can use a number of art software and hardware, though I can struggle with Photoshop I am proficient in using it.

Where To Access Continued Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the process of tracking and documenting the skills, talents, knowledge and experience that is gained formally and informally as an employee works. Its used as a “physical portfolio” as the employee develops as  working professional.

To obtain a CPD, an employee would have to continue with some form of learning/ education. Whether that is a college course, an online course, an app or apprenticeship, even a tutor would count.

For example, if there was an update to Photoshop, I could take course for it – say one online – and that could count towards my CPD

Jobs That Will Need To Be Developed In Order To Obtain

Again, I have researched employers who are looking for a concept artist, below are the screenshots of their post and what I took from them.

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I found this application on Euspert  for the company Framestore who is responsible for work like “Mog’s Christmas Calamity”, or “The Tale Of The Three Brothers'” scene from Harry Potter. 


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I found the next application on the companies’ own website. Luma Pictures which is a visual effects studio that has worked on a number of movies, including a number of Disney and Marvel films. Most of which being “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Captain America: Civil War” respectively.

Each listing I chose was varying in whether it was at entry or senior level, however the common theme that I noticed was its focus on art softwares. I am confident on most drawing softwares and I can use Photoshop to extent, I also have some experience for CINEMA 4D and Adobe After Effects. However, if I wanted to be hired by any of these employers  would have to seriously  develop my skills and experience with other softwares, like industry standards’ like Maya otherwise I would not be able to keep up.

Education/ Training That Would Be Required

To be employed as a concept artist I would need a built up portfolio with a variety of art styles and (preferably) materials. Experience would also probably desirable, if not demanded for, if I wanted a senior position in a department.

Qualifications aren’t usually required as companies’ usually want you to be able to draw, communicate and be able to follow the brief, however the one other thing that keeps cropping up is being able to use a range of 2D/ 3D art/ animation softwares e.g. Photoshop, Maya,  ZBrush etc.

To accomplish this, I could take an online course or a collage course. It probably wouldn’t matter if it was formal or informal training as long as I was able to use and create on the software.

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For example, a quick search and I was able to find an online course that would help be learn more about Photoshop, one of the softwares a lot of employers looking for concept artists wanted.

Identifying Different Types Of Work

See glossary.


Below I have used SWOT (Strengths/ weaknesses/ Opportunities/ Threats) to identify my own professional behaviour.

Strengths –

  • Competent at drawing.
  • Able to use a number of drawing softwares.
  • Capable of using Photoshop to an amateur degree.
  • Good at compacting with others.
  • Patient with soldiering through work.

Weaknesses –

  • I am Dyslexic and can struggle with proofreading though I am no longer struggling like I used to be.
  • I also have Dyspraxia and this can affect my performance, though I am managing it well.

Opportunities –

  • Right now, with my qualifications, I would be able to go onto university.
  • Since I have a lot of free time I could take on other online courses, art classes or even a part time apprenticeship.
  • With my working hours I could start selling my art online, this would give some income, experience and broaden my portfolio.

Threats –

  • I don’t have any income to afford the software I need.
  • My depression and anxiety effects my deadlines.


Data Analyst
VFX designer
Public ManagerPublic Manager



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