Dara Akin credits the creativity of BU’s Master’s in Producing Film & Television for helping her take up new opportunities – including a role at Channel 4 and the production of her own short films. 

Dara decided to study with BU’s Media Production Department as a way of pursuing her passion and interests. She said, “I feel like BU offers the opportunity to pursue non-conventional careers. It’s a creative place to study and when I was choosing to undertake a Master’s degree I was looking to gain practical experience so it would open doors for me in film or television when I graduated.”

 Dara Akins, a Bournemouth University graduate. Dara studied a Master’s in Producing Film & Television

The opportunity to collaborate with others was among the highlights of Dara’s time at BU. She said, “Being able to work with like-minded people who had similar career aspirations to me was one of the best things about the course. The academic staff were also very helpful, and ready to listen – especially if you had an issue.”

“I enjoyed the practical aspects of the course as I was able to put the theory and knowledge into practice, which helped me to really consider if this was a career I wanted to pursue.”

Dara is now working as a Junior VOD (Video On Demand) Content Operator for Channel 4 as well as directing her own short films to satisfy her creative flare. She said, “I’m using a lot of the skills that I gained in producing from the degree. Being able to create my own indie films, learning how to get funding and interest in a project are proving particularly valuable.”

Dara’s advice to anyone inspired to follow a similar path is: “Get involved in as many projects as you can. It will really help build your portfolio once you’ve completed your course and help as you begin applying for jobs in the industry.”