Film Media Technician

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Film media technicians work in archive departments for organisations such as museums, universities, media companies and local authorities. Their job is to preserve, store and copy archive film footage and images, so that it can be used by businesses, members of the public and on the internet.

They are also known as archive technicians or film lab technicians.

The Work

You could be:

You might work in one of 5 areas; national and regional collections, heritage and museums, broadcasting, private collections or specialist stock footage libraries.


The figures below are only a guide. Salaries may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries tend to be in the range of £15,000 to £18,000 a year. With experience this can rise to around £23,000 to £25,000 a year. Salaries in senior positions can be around £35,000 a year.


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Getting On

More Information

The Moving Image Archive (part of the National Library of Scotland) preserves over 100 years of Scottish history on film and video. This includes documentaries, newsreels, educational productions, television and public information films, as well as industrial, advertising and promotional material.

BBC Scotland runs an apprenticeship scheme for people who are keen to get into a career in the media industry. The closing date for applications is usually sometime in April or May. The one-year apprenticeship is based in Glasgow and pays £12,500 a year. Training takes place at Glasgow Kelvin College, BBC Scotland at Pacific Quay and on the job in various departments. It leads to a Level 3 Diploma in Creative and Digital Media. Applicants must have National 5 English and Maths, good IT skills and a keen interest in media. You must be at least 18 at the start date of the apprenticeship. There are usually only around ten places available, so entry is very competitive. The selection process includes an assessment day and tests in English and Maths. If you would like to find out more or check on application deadline dates visit BBC Scotland Apprenticeships.


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Archives and Records Association (UK and Ireland)
Tel: 01823 327 077
Twitter: @ARAScot

A list of placement opportunities in various archives, paid and voluntary, can be downloaded from this website.

Creative Skillset Scotland
Tel: 020 7713 9800
Twitter: @SkillsetSSC

Creative Skillset works with the UK’s screen-based creative media industries to develop skills and talent from classroom to boardroom.

International Moving Image Society
Tel: 01753 656 656
Twitter: @JoinIMIS

Formerly the BKSTS (British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society).

Scottish Screen Archive
Tel: 0845 366 4600
Twitter: @scotsonscreen

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