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TJ Simon

TJ's dedication and passion is leading him towards a first-class honours degree.

TJ Simon

BA (Hons) Film and Television Production

I wanted the opportunity to engage with industry professionals in an environment that would allow me to thrive with like-minded colleagues.

What made you decide to study here?

I wanted the opportunity to engage with industry professionals in an environment that would allow me to thrive with like-minded colleagues. I have lived in Teesside for 15 years and watched the university grow tremendously over the years, so it was my first choice.

Why did you choose to study film and television production?

I’ve always been inspired by moving images – ever since I was nine years old making skateboarding videos. It has always been there, in the shadows, but it wasn’t until my mid 20s that I realised it was my passion.

What is the best thing about your course?

The best aspect of my course is how practical it is, there is only so much that can be learned through text books, the rest is trial and error.
The most engaging modules I've experienced during my degree were the practical ones - Bootcamp, Individual Production Portfolio, Documentary Production, Advanced Audio Production and Independent Project (TV and Film).

What has your social life been like?

The university social life is great, there is something for everyone. The cost of living is quite low, compared to more southern areas of the country. The campus is tidy, its facilities are fantastic and continuously improving.

Have you done a work placement?

I took part in work experience over the summer, before my third year. I had the opportunity to carry out this work experience with Sky News covering the 2017 general elections, WECreate Productions making a dance video, Dotted Media covering Middlesbrough Mela and Aurora House Productions filming the Teesside University graduation ceremonies.

Would you recommend Teesside University?

I would absolutely recommend Teesside University to anyone interested in video production. The hands-on experience with industry-standard equipment and facilities is priceless.

What career do you hope to enter after the course?

After my studies I aim to produce feature films, specifically fantasy films, although I will have a few years of professional development before that dream evolves into reality.
A degree is not necessary to succeed in the film industry, but three years of experimenting and making mistakes within a safe environment, has most definitely been the best decision of my life.
I’m testament that passion far exceeds academic success, I have no prior qualifications and yet I’m predicted to be graduating with a first-class honours degree.