Elee

Smith

United Kingdom
NTU makes sure to provide its students with so many opportunities for development and growth during and after their study, helping each individual become holistic in their intellectual qualities and personal identity.

More about Elee

Since graduating from our BA (Hons) Photography course in 2017, Elee has completed an MSc in Digital Marketing. She is currently working part-time at G.H.Hurt & Son as their Content Marketing Assistant, where more recently she has been working alongside placement students from our BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing and Branding and BA (Hons) Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles courses.

What made you choose to study at NTU?
“After visiting Nottingham Trent University for my interview, I fell in love with the city, campus and the cultural diversity. I knew it was the right place to develop my photography skills whilst exploring my interest in music.”

What did you enjoy most about your studying BA (Hons) Photography?
“Having access to the camera store because it meant I could refine my skill, style and ability by challenging myself to use different cameras and lenses. It served me well as I feel more confident and prepared when shooting multiple different projects as I have a more versatile skillset.”

Can you tell us about the work you have done with G.H.Hurt?
“During my time at G. H. Hurt & Son I have been extremely fortunate to lead on multiple projects and campaigns. As the Content Marketing Assistant I have used my photography skills to produce content that is suitable for a multitude of different marketing strategies. My recent MSc in Digital Marketing has helped me to understand how the context of my photography can be used to build B2B and B2C relationships.

“G. H. Hurt & Son is a wonderful place to work as it’s filled with many opportunities for development, independent learning and the use of cross-functional skills. My current role means I can combine photography with digital marketing which has presented many positive outcomes during my time here.”

How did your course help you to secure any roles or projects you have undertaken since graduating?
“The course was solely based on independent learning, so it meant that I had the freedom to explore different routes and genres of photography. I worked hard to gain as much freelance experience as possible, build my portfolio, develop my skills and consolidate my work – which consequently, made me an ideal candidate for the career I aspired to have.”

What was the most valuable thing you learnt from your course?
“Think ahead. Invest your time in learning and building your portfolio whilst you’re studying, because three years will be over in a flash and to never be afraid of going against the norm. Search for your own creative spark and ignite it in everything you do.”

Why would you recommend your course and NTU to someone looking to study BA (Hons) Photography?
“Studying at university isn’t just about getting the grades to complete a degree. It’s about the whole experience, the life skills you learn and the friendships you make. NTU makes sure to provide its students with so many opportunities for development and growth during and after their study, helping each individual become holistic in their intellectual qualities and personal identity.

“A massive bonus is that the City Campus is right in the middle of the city centre – so don’t be surprised if you’re heading out on a bar crawl straight after studying in the library!”

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