Graduate profile - Danny Cooke
BA (Hons) Media Arts graduate Danny Cooke has shot and edited documentaries, including the award winning ‘Ray: A Life Underwater’. He also won the award for Outstanding Student at the 2012 Vice-Chancellor’s Enterprise Awards.

“My passion for film began when I was about 13 but I have always been interested in media of various kinds. The BA (Hons) Media Arts course supports all factors of media, while allowing you to focus on your particular area of interest, which in my case is film making and documentary. BA (Hons) Media Arts has helped me to channel my existing skills as well as developing new ones. It has led to some fantastic opportunities and new contacts which will make a great difference to my career.
The course encourages you to take your work beyond the University and I engaged in a number of professional film projects during my time at Plymouth. In my second year I was Editor and Director of Photography on the documentary Ray: A Life Underwater. This documentary has had amazing success internationally and has been screened on Channel 4.
My portfolio site is and my Vimeo site is Please take the time to have a look!”

Ray: A Life Underwater

View Danny Cooke's award-winning documentary

BA (Hons) Media Arts student Danny worked with documentary maker and Media Arts associate lecturer Amanda Bluglass.


  • Adventure Category, San Francisco Ocean Film Festival 2012
  • Best Documentary, Super Shorts International Film Festival 2011
  • Grand Prix Best Film, Shoot Film Festival 2011
Official selection

  • Vimeo Festival & Awards 2012
  • AFI/Discovery Channel Silverdocs
  • St Petersburg International Film Festival 2012
  • Maui Film Festival 2012
  • Islands.doc Film Festival 2012
  • Festival MareMostra 2012
  • Inspiring Shorts 2012

Danny Cooke interview

To be a freelance filmmaker, you need to be dedicated and patient. When you start off, it is unlikely that you would be making a sufficient amount of income. When studying, use your spare time to build up a portfolio.

Danny Cooke tells us about setting up as a freelancer, filming in the abandoned city of Pripyat, and travelling the world.

Read Danny's interview