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Meet… Stewart Campbell – MD of Tigershark Ltd and former Scottish international rugby player

Recently we met former international rugby player and Architecture graduate Stewart Campbell, who now runs his own multimedia production company. We spoke to him about his career since graduating.

Who are you? Stewart Campbell

What did you study at Dundee? I studied Architecture.

When did you graduate? I graduated in 1997

What do you do?  I make corporate films and videos, multimedia productions and animations through my company, Tigershark Ltd. Primarily focus on sales and marketing, health and safety, and induction videos – but also in the public sector. National Museums Scotland is one of our highest profile clients.

What was it like to be a student at Dundee? The west end and city centre have a very small footprint where everything was contained which made it a great place to be a student. The atmosphere was very friendly, a good mix of students – it was a fabulous life experience. I had a great time – most of my friends are from my time in Dundee.

What comes to mind when you think of the University of Dundee? Mexican pizza from The Phoenix bar! I look back with great fondness at my time in Dundee. From all the recent press I’ve read recently it is ‘the’ place to be now.

Why did you choose to study the University of Dundee over others? I’m from Stirlingshire originally, so although Dundee is only an hour away, it seemed like a long way away, as I hadn’t been there much before. The University and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design had a very good reputation, so I was thrilled when I was accepted.

What advice would you give someone looking to go into the multimedia industry? It’s a tricky one, as I’m completely self-taught – I have never studied multi-media. One of the biggest learning curves for me wasn’t the actual project work but the other things that go along with it to successfully run a business – marketing the business, having the next piece of work lined up and getting paid! Having a longer overview of the business is an ongoing thing. It’s important not to fall into the trap of getting caught up in a project and letting your marketing slip.

What’s been your favourite project to work on with Tigershark? We did a project with National Museum of Scotland to make 19 audio visual productions on the Celts exhibition – it was the biggest summer exhibition they’d ever done, telling the story of what the perception of Celts is and was – it was really interesting. If we could do stuff like that all the time it would be awesome. You find that you become a mini-expert in whatever job you are working on at the time.

Please complete the following sentence: ‘My Dundee education has given me…’ Fabulous friends and a great life experience