University Experience

I attended the University of Portsmouth from 2015-2018, studying Film Production, and then went on to do an MA in Film and Television from 2018-19.

Ever since I was young I knew I wanted to go to university. Even as a child, I became aware that my disability set me apart from society, for all the wrong reasons. And this drove me to prove to society, and by extension, to myself, that I could achieve what able-bodied people could. I viewed university as my platform to achieving this.

University Experience

A photo of Joel Pitman

“What made me choose Portsmouth?
The course facilities, disabled-friendly university buildings, and vibrant city location made it the perfect choice
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My passion for film, television, and video games has been lifelong, and it was in secondary school, whilst studying media, that I decided to pursue my passion as a career. Studying Creative Media in college paved the way for me to study Film Production at the University of Portsmouth. What made me choose Portsmouth? The course facilities, disabled-friendly university buildings, and a vibrant city location made it the perfect choice. It was a place I could feel comfortable and accommodated, and just far enough from home to give me the independence I’d craved all my life.

Getting into university alone was achievement enough for me, and I looked forward to the freedom this new chapter in my life would bring. The frustrations I’d had to endure with a life of restriction borne out of care and concern for me were ready to be eased by the independence of university life. But I wasn’t without a life jacket; the PA’s provided by the university helped me acclimate to this, and provided help and guidance when I needed it, whilst also giving me space.

University Experience

“Getting into university alone was achievement enough for me,
and I looked forward to the freedom this new chapter in my life would bring.”

I set myself a personal goal of achieving a 2:1, which I felt was an attainable goal and one that would also push me. I also felt it was a good enough grade that it would allow me to further my studies and increase my knowledge and skillset moving forward.

Throughout my course, I studied many different aspects of film & TV that I hope to pursue in the future, including directing, producing, and screenwriting.

My experience at university was incredible, due to a multitude of factors, namely:

  • I chose the perfect university for me; they provided me support and nurture, with excellent lecturers, amazing facilities, and a vibrant, interesting city.
  • I made the right decision with my course; I found it interesting, challenging, rewarding, and discovered the areas in which I excelled, and where my passions lay.
  • Finally, the people made the experience; my course mates, lecturers, friends, and PA’s all contributed in some way to make my journey as perfect as it could be.

My time at university was highly formative and character building, it showed me how much I can achieve, and gave me the confidence to go out into the world believing in myself and my abilities.

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University Experience