Robbie Tighe

BA (Hons) Photography graduate, Robbie Tighe, talks about chasing his dreams and how university helped him do so

Tell us a bit about yourselfPhotography student Robbie Tighe

I am an avid outdoorsman and ultra-marathon runner, I love hiking and getting out to the mountains whenever I get the chance. I currently work as photographer, shooting editorial and documentary pieces for outdoor brands.

Why did you choose to study at Edinburgh Napier University?

I was looking for something which would combine my passions in life and while nearing the end of high school I really wasn't too sure what to do, at the time I was spending a lot of time on photography and after reading through the module descriptions for the course at Edinburgh Napier University, it felt like I finally found something which would aid me in my passions.

What are the key skills you learned during your time at Edinburgh Napier University?

Throughout my time at Edinburgh Napier University, my classes covered a broad range of topics from documentary and advertising to history and business. Combined, they have really rounded my education and given me a fantastic opportunity to continue growing my own photography business after university.

How would you sum up your student experience at Edinburgh Napier University?

I moved to Edinburgh for University in 2016 and it is by far one of the best decisions I've ever made. The city is incredibly beautiful and inspiring, and so much fun at the same time. The nightlife and entertainment suit all personalities, and through the university there is a society for everyone.

Edinburgh is a city which is full and rich with culture and never ceases to amaze me.

How has your career developed since graduating?

After graduating I successfully applied for the role of Postgraduate Demonstrator for the photography course, this has been an incredible opportunity so far and I’ve continued to learn so much from the lecturers. I’ve also grown my professional photography career since graduating, working with well-established clothing brands, artists and publications.

Do you feel these skills and your degree has made a difference in your career? If so, how?

The skills and knowledge I gained from the lecturing staff at Edinburgh Napier University has been paramount in the growth of my career. They have always supported and aided my determination to do well and have continued to check in to see how I am progressing and to offer advice. It is great knowing that there is support behind you when pushing for more jobs or an important career decision. 

Do you have any highlights of studying at Edinburgh Napier University?

My highlight of studying at Edinburgh Napier University has to be the knowledge and attitude of the lecturing staff. Whenever I needed to know or understand something better, I was able to reach out and discuss it with them.

The modules were often designed in a way to give you a realistic idea of work after University, which is extremely helpful in building a foundation for professional growth. For example, during the Editorial and Documentary module in my third year, I made connections which later ended in me shooting a full page cover for The Economist 1843. It is this professional attitude which has really pushed me to succeed after graduating.

Any career tips or advice for recent graduates?

Be as proactive as you can be, use your connections and network as much as possible. Read books on business and leadership and continue to pursue your passion.