I got introduced to many new skills and was guided to continuously improve on them.
'Feedback and regular assessments kept my work focused and ensured I was on track for my deadlines.'
'I learnt the valuable skills of pitching, producing proposal documents, budgets, marketing and business plans. University was a great place to get hands-on with the equipment, learn key camera skills and edit software.'
I also got to teach art at a local school and organise an art club as research for my reflective case study.
'The degree at Teesside helped to give me the confidence to apply and push for a role with such an innovative company.'
'I enjoyed the hands-on model-making side of the course. This tied in nicely with the rapid prototyping facility on campus.'
'When I came for my interview, I really enjoyed their approach and culture. I felt I would learn a lot.'
'It felt right immediately as there was a lot of creative freedom.'
'The direction I have taken isn’t what I expected when I started, but I suppose that’s the point of a degree.'
'I felt so welcome and well supported.'
'I’d absolutely recommend Teesside University. The English department has surpassed all of my expectations.'
I did not even expect to get on to the programme, let alone win it.
'We work in an atmosphere of mutual respect, and sometimes having your work ripped to shreds is the best thing for it.'
'We were given a lot of freedom and encouragement in our writing, so we were able to take any direction we liked.'
'The course itself is a good mix of the creative and the academic.'
'I have enjoyed working at the University's Darlington campus. The library is an oasis of calm - ideal for creative writing.'
'Teesside University opened an entirely new doorway for me.'
'I find the course interesting and challenging as I don’t come from an academic background.'
The qualifications I’ve gained at Teesside are really essential for me – I want to be an academic historian and history lecturer.
I’m living it to the max, to get the most out of the experience.
I had great support from my dissertation tutor, with regular meetings and guidance in how to approach my subject.
'I heard good things about Teesside from friends who are studying here – and both my parents did courses here as well.'
'My time at University improved my report writing and research skills, and gave me more confidence in my abilities.'
I’m looking at how the case for art has been made over the industrial and post-industrial life of Middlesbrough from 1830 to the present.
I am looking into British fascism in relation to the British Empire. I work in the archives of the period from 1920 to 1960, which are held in various universities, so I have done a lot of travelling.
'The history degree at Teesside was one where we questioned our own judgements and the views of those around us.'
‘A history degree was invaluable in giving me the skills to manage my time and use a library in the most efficient way.’
I now have experience from a national magazine, a well-respected PR company and experience from University working on T-Side (The University Newspaper).
'I became video editor within three years of graduating.'
The placement was great experience, and I learnt a lot.
The education I received was really beneficial and has given me a very professional attitude towards my work.
'My MA degree had a massive influence on employers to employ me.'
I tried to create a diverse skillset for myself, learning how to operate a camera, how to edit, and how to produce content.
'I plan and execute digital marketing campaigns for our clients – search engine optimisation, pay per click, email marketing and social media marketing.'
‘I like to think my work provides inspiration and information, and enables others to experience the best things by giving them the opportunity to plan.’
'I liked Teesside best – I was impressed by the campus and the state-of-the-art newsroom and broadcast studio facilities in the Athena Building.'
‘The ambitions of the course were impressive and something I wanted to be a part of.’
'I enjoyed every module – they all involve theory and practice, and will enhance my future career performance.'
It’s not all performing – there’s essay writing and modules on radio acting and TV presenting, and we get behind the camera and learn to use the editing suite.
'When I asked my tutors for advice and sought their guidance they were always willing to help.'
'We spent most of our contact time in practical workshops rather than lectures.'
'For me, the best thing about the course is the teaching staff. Each comes from a different background in the industry, and they make a perfect combination.'
If you have your mind set on something in the course, it can help you strengthen your skills in that area, and even better, make you gain new ones you might not have realised you had.
'The teaching offers us ideas … and encourages us to develop our own style.'
'The course is awesome. The best part is the people – not just the teaching staff, but the fellow students.'
The expertise of the staff covered a huge variety of genres.