BBC Producer/Director Hannah Mattison recently joined Plymouth College of Art as a Lecturer on the college’s BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Practice degree.
Speaking of her new appointment, Hannah said: "I am really excited about joining the team at Plymouth College of Art. I'd already had a taste of the dynamic atmosphere at the college whilst on an evening course a few years ago, so when this opportunity arose, I was keen to become part of such an incredibly creative environment."
"Working in factual broadcast television, to me, has to be the best job in the world. It can be a passport to some incredible and unforgettable opportunities."
With 20 years of professional experience within the TV industry, Hannah has worked extensively on prime time programming, including BBC Countryfile, Coast, and Newsround. Her experience in self-shooting and editing will aid students in building the ability to create high-quality content not only for television but for advertising, the web, social media, blogs and other platforms and audiences.
She said: "I want to give the students a realistic taste of how programme-making actually works. To work in TV you need to be inquisitive, committed and have a 'can-do' approach. Combine that with some serious hard work and it can be a passport to some incredible and unforgettable opportunities."
Carefully selected to join the team of specialist media lecturers on the Contemporary Media Practice degree, Hannah’s experience includes underwater/dive shoots, a five month shoot filming on helicopters with the Royal Navy, and live broadcasts from events including the Winter Olympics and the US Elections.
Hannah said: "Working in factual broadcast television, to me, has to be the best job in the world — it's a backstage pass to places that you would never go and to people that you would never otherwise meet. From filming landmine clearance in Africa to A-List celebrity red carpet interviews, to hanging out of a Search and Rescue helicopter for months on end; each programme that I've worked on has had its own set of challenges and opportunities, and I hope I can share this knowledge with the students."