One module shaped my career

 Kieran Wakefield studied Photojournalism, but after one module in his second year, he was inspired to specialise his skills. He now has an exciting career, with experience working overseas on high-end projects.

Published: 18/10/2019 10:42

“I loved the fact the University of Gloucestershire is close and tight knit.  I never had to wait around for lecturers to get back to me. If I ever wanted support or help it was there, I always knew where to go."

Kieran studied BA (Hons) Photojournalism and is now a film producer and photographer for ShadowPlay working on high profile filming projects for global brands.

“During my photojournalism course I really enjoyed the film making module in the second year.  I hadn't done film making before but I loved the module and the projects that I worked on as part of it.  It made me realise that this is what I really want to do. 

I gained some really invaluable skills during the course particularly when making a documentary about a community housing project where I worked with and filmed a large number of residents.  This gave me real world experience and people skills which is essential in the job I do now working on projects for a wide range of clients."

Since graduating Kieran has made lots of industry contacts by working as a freelance photographer which led to him meeting the owner of ShadowPlay where he currently works.

“I'm now working with a team of people and constantly learning, working on different projects.  Working overseas is a real highlight of the job. I recently did a filming project using drones for a large company in Spain, I've also been to Amsterdam where we did a shoot for Panasonic's new line of products.  Things progressed in my career really quickly, I went from being self employed working on one job a week to suddenly being a full time film producer shooting films overseas for really big companies, it's been great."