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Nathan Clark

Durham, UK

BA (Hons) Media Production

Nathan Clark chose to study at Sunderland because he knew the University had links with the industry he wanted to work in. His favourite part of the course was the practical modules, in particular ones that involved any camera work. He has worked in various roles for different companies since graduating and has now set up his own video production business which he hopes to grow in the next few years.

Before university I was studying media and film at sixth form. I wanted to continue on that path, become better and take the next steps to either run my own business or work in the industry. I chose to study at the University of Sunderland because of the proven links with the media industry and the success of previous students going on to work in TV, film and radio. Plus, with the University being close to home I could commute daily with ease which was a bonus.

I enjoyed the practical modules the most, especially those that involved any camera work as this is where my strengths lie – The Moving Camera and Video Documentary are joint favourites. I was able to learn new techniques, how to improve my communication skills and time management, and I became more confident as a result of these modules.

After graduating I have worked for multiple companies doing all sorts of different roles, something I planned so I could find out what I enjoyed doing the most. After working on multiple productions in TV, film and radio, as well working with local companies producing video content, I now run my own video production business. I intend to grow this business over the next few years and offer a great service for my clients that provides ultimate value.

Something I never thought would be so prominent when thinking about going to university was people skills. I learned so much about how to deal with clients due to the real-world opportunities the course offered. This is something I’ll always be grateful for as I became so much more confident in my people skills and is something I benefit from today when approaching potential clients.

If you're looking to study a degree, just turning up and attending your timetabled classes isn’t enough if you want to get the best out of your experience; you have to actively use your time helping other students, attending events and spend extra hours renting equipment so you can practice your skills and become the best you can.”

Published 1 September 2020

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