Creative dad and daughter in double celebration as they graduate together

July 23, 2013

Creative duo Mark Barton and his daughter Daizie will have a double celebration today when they both graduate from UWE Bristol.

Mark will be awarded an MA in Media: Practice and Culture, while Daizie will graduate with a BA Honours degree in Drama. They will receive their degree certificates at the same ceremony at Bristol Cathedral.

Mark studied part-time for his master’s degree alongside his day job teaching film production in UWE’s Faculty of Creative Industries, Arts and Education.

He arrived at UWE 18 years ago without a degree, having dropped out of an art course. He studied part-time for a bachelor’s degree, which took nine years, while working as a film instructor. Having achieved that, he went on to study for a postgraduate certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE).

Mark said: “I work with two other senior instructors teaching media who both have master’s degrees – which is quite rare – and this encouraged me to study for one too.

“I am extremely proud of my daughter in obtaining her degree, and very glad she chose not just UWE as her place of study, but also the department of Creative Industries.”

Mark teaches all aspects of video and film production from storyboarding, lighting, sound recording, cinematography and editing using Premiere and Final Cut Pro. He also uses super 8mm and 16mm film and has an extensive collection of production and projection equipment.

Daizie added: “It is going to be a real family event – I don’t know of anyone else who will be graduating at the same time as their dad. I am really proud of him combining studying and working over several years. His example has really helped encourage me with my studies too.”

Daizie hopes to work either for a mainstream television company behind the camera or within media marketing, promoting film releases.


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