Working with industry
Increasing numbers of employers expect new graduates to have industry experience, which is why we build opportunities to work with industry into our courses.
Our range of industry links mean you can expect to gain a variety of experience by working with professionals across the creative sector. Take a look at some of the different ways students have worked with industry below.
Live briefs- projects set by our industry links - are an essential part of our courses. Not only do they give you the chance to get a taste of the working world, they also deepen your professional network and enhance your CV and portfolio. After impressing representatives from George ASDA and Moonpig with the work she created for the briefs they set, Phoebe was offered placements with both companies.
Our staff are active in the creative industry and support you to establish your own network. You will benefit from masterclasses, guest lectures and specialist events such as Type Talks. After being encouraged to volunteer at Birmingham Design Festival by one her tutors, Emily used the opportunity to network with professionals across the design industry. Find out how the Festival led to a job with the UK's largest integrated creative agency.
One of the highlights of being a student with us is the School of Visual Communication awards. At the end of your final year you could be in with the chance of winning some fantastic prizes from our industry sponsors, ranging from professional mentorships to placements which in some instances have led to permanent employment. Take a look at how the bursary Luca received at the Awards helped support his career.
The best way of putting the skills you learn into practice and developing new ones is working with real-life clients. Aimee had the opportunity to work in a variety of roles with Flatpack Film Festival, 2000 Trees festival and design company Casson Mann, giving her the chance to build up a portfolio of professional work before she graduated.