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Updated: 06 Jan 2012

Student Profile: Alex Humphries-French

I am a graduate of BSc Media Technology within the Faculty of Technology at De Montfort University with a 2.1 Honours. My degree has given me many new important skills that I feel will help me within the Institute of Creative Technologies.

These skills include:

The course was mainly within the discipline of technology and science but also spread to an artistic discipline to utilize the technologies in a creative way. My Dissertation was a DVD documentary on the History and Development of De Montfort University; this tested my technological knowledge and artistic ability to create a project on a popular medium to a high standard. It also included research skills, which I feel are very important for my new Masters course.

I have been fortunate enough to be part of the media industry from a young age and have had a lot of experiences, such as; working for casting directors and theatrical agents in TV and Film, Running on set for British film and working at Pinewood Studios. This has also helped me develop my business skills that I hope will add something to the IOCT.

I decided to do a Masters course to develop my education and give me a better opportunity to seek a job in what is a very competitive industry. Creative Technologies was my first and only choice because of the increasing reputation and the multi disciplinary teaching.

My modules will increase my knowledge of areas that I have looked at before but also teach me new skills in parts that I know little about. I have an interest in the theory behind technology and how it affects society, and doing the Digital Cultures module will help me to understand this more. 3D Imaging is becoming a very big part of technology and seems to be at the fore front of research and innovation, the Lens Based Media module will give me a practical and theoretical skill in this area. Finally, the Applied Computational Intelligence module will give me knowledge and understanding of how Artificial Intelligence works, which is of great interest. So far, I have not decided on a final year project but I believe that it will incorporate something from each of the modules I will be studying.

The next 10 months are going to be very challenging but I am looking forward to working with creative and like-minded people and learning new skills. I intend to achieve a Masters and then go on to finding a career in my chosen areas of interest.

For further information or to be kept informed about the IOCT Masters, please contact:
Dr Sophy Smith
Institute of Creative Technologies
De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH
Tel: (+44) 0116 255 1551, ext. 6864
Email: SSmith05 [at]

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