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Katt Mudd

Katt is loving her course, including work placements.

BA (Hons) Television and Film Production

What brought you to study at Teesside University?

I have always been interested in film and photography. I knew that I wanted to do a film course, and Teesside is my local university and the course is accredited by the Skillset Academy. Finally, when I came to an open day, I talked to one of the tutors and this really convinced me to apply.

What is the course like?

I'm still enjoying it! So far I'd have to say that working in the TV Studio is something that I have enjoyed the most as it was totally new to me, and I feel that it really helped me build my confidence. I've always been very shy and to be thrown into the Director role was a great opportunity for me, and a bit of a shock. I also enjoyed Group Production, as that involved making an array of different films, music videos and a scripted drama piece, working with people who have the same interests.

Did you stay in University accommodation?

In my first year I stayed in Parkside Halls in a shared room and I loved it. Sharing a room was really good for me, as it forced me in to social situations which I wouldn't have had the opportunity to do if I was in a single room, because I lacked confidence. In my second year I lived in a student house with my room-mate from halls, and now, starting third year, I'm living at home.

Tell us about your placements?

So far I have done two work placements. In 2013 I spent a week at True North Productions in Leeds, helping with research tasks. In the summer of 2014 I spent two weeks at James Cook Hospital. I was an Assistant Videographer, working with the PR department’s Videographer Mark Oxley, a past student on my course. This placement included quite long hours and I was doing something different every day – from filming for meetings to filming patient stories. I'm hoping to return to the hospital to help with more projects in the near future.

Would you recommend your course?

Yes I would. My tutors are all so amazing and have helped me gain experience and the opportunity to excel and build on my confidence and skills. I know that help from the tutors is just an email away – they want you to study in your own time and at your own pace. The course is so open to creative content.