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Leon Barrett

Profile: Leon Barrett, 23

BSc (Hons) Multimedia Technology (now renamed as BSc (Hons) Digital Media Technology)

Why did you choose the course?

When I toured the School, I was impressed with the range of facilities and course content offered. It appealed to me because there were both elements that were familiar to me and others that offered a new challenge.

Best thing about the course?

The web development and multimedia creation courses – this provided the basis for pursuing a career as a web developer, specialising in Flash and PHP.

Industry relevance

Immediately after completing studies, I worked at the University as a Technology Transfer Consultant, where I was developing Flash applications and creating websites using appropriate web technologies learned on the course.

After that, I moved to another area and worked as an eLearning developer, using the Actionscript skills that I learned in the Multimedia Authoring section. It entailed creating interactive eLearning content for distance learning courses. I also assisted in the delivery of the eCommerce application module.

What are you doing now?

After working at Birmingham City University in various roles for 18 months, I moved to a multimedia agency creating content for the NHS, Highways Agency and Becta, a Government agency promoting the use of information and communications technology.

I have also created bespoke eCommerce applications and web-based file sharing applications.

At the moment, I am working for a multimedia agency creating web-based interactive content using PHP, HTML, CSS and Javascript.

Future plans

I want to gain as much experience in industry as possible and then make a move into lecturing in a relevant web technology field.