Steven Cochrane works as a Digital Media Designer for Mearns & Gill.

"Choosing the Design for Digital Media Course was paramount in getting the most out of me and more importantly allowing me to develop a portfolio or work and skills that employers wanted and needed. The course was versatile and adapted to provide us, the students, with different opportunities to explore a ranges of subjects including motion graphics, digital video & audio production, animation, 3D computer modelling, special effects, web and computer games design.

"The course encouraged professional practice, individuality and posed many challenges for example meeting deadlines. As students we worked individually on our own projects to gear us up for our final honours year - we often had to work within teams which proved a difficult task at times as everyone had their own views and skills. I had to learn about taking on other's opinions and thoughts when making decisions especially when it came to degree show time and exhibiting at The New Blood Degree Exhibition in London. This experience of working in teams has been crucial to helping me adapt and mix in the outside workplace.

"Our Degree Show gave me the chance to exhibit my work to the public and potential employers. As a direct result of this I gained employment with Mearns & Gill, the north-east's longest established communications consultancy. I secured this position a day after graduation and now work as a Digital Media Designer. Mearns & Gill has a highly impressive client portfolio across all market sectors and includes local, national and international organisations.

"In my role, I have the opportunity to work on a very diverse range of projects and make a direct and real contribution to clients' organisations - as well as team working within Mearns & Gill towards key objectives which include growing and developing the business and pushing creative boundaries."