An emerging star behind the camera

Screen Media student Abbey Hewat
One of the best parts of the course is learning from people with extensive industry experience, who I can go to for advice and feedback.

Abbey Hewat
Bachelor of Screen Media

Screen Media student Abbey Hewat was always intrigued by the inner-workings of the world of film making. Although she was apprehensive when beginning her Screen Media studies, Abbey shares how she’s excelled, winning an award and scholarship, thanks to the support and innovative learning approach at VU.

“During high school, I became interested in learning how movies and TV shows were made. I was always the one who would watch the behind-the-scenes content after a movie.

When I attended VU Open Day in Year 12, I felt really comfortable, and I was impressed by the studio and facilities. Friends who had gone to VU also shared their positive experiences with the culture.

My initial plan was to take a gap year, but after getting the offer for VU’s Bachelor of Screen Media I was too excited to wait.

One of the best parts of the course is learning from people with extensive industry experience, who I can go to for advice and feedback. Having access to professional equipment and the TV studio means I don’t have to wait until I enter the industry to know what it is like to work on set.

Studying under the VU Block Model with its single-unit focus enables me to give all my attention to one project at a time – so I can be my most creative. It’s also been good for my mental health as I’m not spreading myself too thin and don’t feel so overwhelmed.

I was so surprised and proud when I won the Robert Dunn award and scholarship in second year, for outstanding performance. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t fighting back tears. At the start of my course I wasn’t sure if I was ready. But the award reminds me that I’m capable of great things.

I can’t wait to start my career and work with people who are just as creative as I am.”