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Angela Carrington

Career Path: Managing Director, The Bigger Picture Agency Ltd
Location: Newcastle, UK

I took a year out after A Levels in order to figure out what I really wanted to study. During my year out I developed my interest in photography which first started whilst completing my Art A Level. I studied at night school and managed to secure a job in a city-centre studio in Manchester. I realised this was what I wanted for my career so I started to explore where the best photography degrees were delivered.

What are you doing now?Angela Carrington

I'm the MD of a fast-paced photographic and film agency in Newcastle upon Tyne. I was initially offered a lecturing position in photography at the Art School Northumberland College. I did this for two years, teaching on the AS Level, A Level and HNC courses. The entrepreneur within me wasn't satisfied though, and I set off on my career in self-employment.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

I looked for the best photography degree in the UK and when I had a shortlist I selected the location that looked like the most fun. Simple as that!

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

The hardest part about my degree was the self-discipline required to self-study. I didn't have a lot of self-discipline at that age and there were a few rocky patches where I wasn't dedicated to my work as I should have been. I'm glad I stuck it out though and came out with a very strong degree result.

How connected was your course with industry?

We went on amazing field-trip visits very regularly to galleries across the UK.

What was the best thing about your course?

Freedom and the opportunity to be creative for the sake of being creative with no judgement.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

It taught me tenacity to see it through and helped me to understand the importance of self-study.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

How to read a visual image. This has translated into my working life through photography, graphic design and film. The understanding of aesthetics.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

Growing up!

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

Do it. There's no better place to study as well as live. I chose to stay here after graduation and have never regretted it for one moment.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Enlightening. Challenging. Inspirational.

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