Since graduating from Salford with a first class BA in Graphic Design in 2000, Dave Whyte has gone on to carve a successful career in television comedy through his work for production companies Talkback, Tiger Aspect, Zeppotron and Objective.
His first big break was working on BBC Three's Monkey Dust - a satirical cartoon notorious for its dark humour. The show finished after three seasons and Dave was next offered graphics work on Channel 4's Bo' Selecta! - Leigh Francis' surreal sketch show.
Dave's impressive CV also includes Peep Show, The IT Crowd, Harry and Paul, 10 O'Clock Live and Pete Versus Life - the sitcom about an awkward budding sports journalist that earned him his Bafta nomination.
He has this advice for students: "Have an idea of what you would like to specialise in at university but don't close any doors. I thought I was going to be an animator when I left Salford but I've returned to graphics work. The most important thing you need to get your first job is good technical ability."
On his Break-through Talent nomination he said: "It's a great acknowledgement of the long hours I've put in over the last ten years. It would be great to win, but the nomination means almost as much to me."