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Ali­na — Dig­i­tal Media Design BA (Hons) Top-up Degree


This course has, and still, teach­es me how to push my lim­its, how to pre­pare myself for the real world and how to build my future. 

Ali­na — Degree-lev­el photography — 

Alina Moldovean, 22, studied the two-year Foundation Degree Photography Practice course at College and enjoyed it so much that she progressed to the Digital Media Design BA (Hons) Top-up Degree. She tells us why she chose Nottingham College for her degree, what she loves about photography, and her plans for the future.

Why Digital Media Design?

I enjoy being cre­ative and see­ing every­thing from a dif­fer­ent point of view. I main­ly do por­traits and I strong­ly believe every per­son has some­thing to say/​show. I don’t want to just take pho­tos; I want to cre­ate sto­ries through my projects. 

Why did you choose College over university?

Study­ing for my degree at Not­ting­ham Col­lege felt right. The class­es are small­er and it is eas­i­er for me to com­mu­ni­cate with peo­ple. Every­one is so friend­ly and help­ful, and because it’s small­er than a uni­ver­si­ty set­ting, I can make friends much eas­i­er. The Library is real­ly help­ful too. I can always find what I need, every time. 

 — Ali­na

What do you like about your course?

I feel like I can be myself and have the free­dom to do what I love.

It also includes guest speak­ers, where pro­fes­sion­al pho­tog­ra­phers talk about their work and what it’s like to be a pho­tog­ra­ph­er. I enjoy the projects I have to work on, and with lots of one-to-one sup­port from my teach­ers I can achieve what I want.

I love being cre­ative — it makes me feel so hap­py, and on this course I learn some­thing new every day. I’d def­i­nite­ly rec­om­mend it to any­one think­ing of a career in design or photography.

What are your future goals?

My plan after Col­lege is to do a Mas­ters in pho­tog­ra­phy and learn more about the industry. 

My dream job is to have my own stu­dio and do Fine Art Pho­tog­ra­phy. I also want to trav­el and cre­ate new sto­ries about peo­ple. I want to meet peo­ple from dif­fer­ent coun­tries and hear their sto­ries and tra­di­tions etc.

In this example of Alina's work, she wanted to capture confidence, strength and beauty.

Photoshoot model

If you’re inter­est­ed in pur­su­ing a cre­ative career like Ali­na, why not take a look at our range of degree-lev­el cours­es.