A top television director has told Bournemouth University students to 'be bold' if they want to break into the film and TV industry.
Bharat Nalluri, directed the first episodes of BBC programmes Spooks and Life on Mars - and helped create conman drama, Hustle.
Nalluri gave a guest lecture to students from the university's Media School last week - emphasising the importance of their degree.
"I didn't know that you could do a degree but I do think it is really important, especially with the way degrees are structured now" said Nalluri.
"The courses here at Bournemouth are great. I have had a few ex-students coming to work with me at production companies like Kudos and I have seen the quality of the people coming out.
"I wanted to see if I could come and help and I find it really exciting as well - they are all so enthusiastic."
Nalluri made his first film in 1996 with Killing Time, before directing horror film The Crow: Salvation.
He is currently working on US show - Emily Owens M.D. - which stars Meryl Streep's daughter Mamie Gummer.
"There is a bit of luck, but you need to be bold" added Nalluri.
"The harder you work, the luckier you get. You can be creative and, if you really want to do well, then it helps to understand all the different areas - but especially writing and editing."