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Keiran Froom

As a Tees Valley resident, Keiran is benefiting from the Marjorie Hearnshaw scholarship.

Keiran Froom

BA (Hons) Computer Animation and Visual Effects*

'The scholarship has allowed me to spend invaluable time with my young daughter, and the opportunity to buy the equipment and licences to study at home.'

Why this course at Teesside University?

I wanted to progress my career options so I decided to apply to university. Teesside is my local university but also one of the best in the country for animation and visual effects. I’m really driven by the visual effects industry and the work it produces.

What’s the best thing about your course?

I love that the tutors are just as passionate as I am. They have given me their time outside of classes to help me progress. My favourite module so far has been VFX and Compositing as it combines creativity and problem solving. The computer facilities are excellent and I have the option to use them at 24 hours a day.

Have you received any scholarships or funding from the University?

I was fortunate enough to receive the Marjorie Hearnshaw scholarship – I was eligible because I live in the Tees Valley and qualified for the maximum maintenance loan. I hadn’t even considered the possibility of a scholarship before this, but it has drastically improved my university life.

I can’t thank Teesside University and the generosity of the Hearnshaws for the change in circumstances it has given myself and my family. It’s allowed me to spend invaluable time with my young daughter while also studying, and the opportunity to buy the equipment and licences to study at home.

Would you recommend Teesside University to others?

Yes I would. The staff and teaching facilities are excellent. I believe my degree course will give me a strong foundation of skills I wouldn’t have been able to achieve anywhere else. I hope to build a career in the visual effects industry when I graduate.

*Now BA (Hons) Computer Animation and BA (Hons) Visual Effects