Graduate employability is a strong focus within the Creative Arts provision and the themes of entrepreneurship and opportunity-recognition are at the centre of our practice.
We work closely with our Faculty’s Employability, Enterprise, Entrepreneurship & Innovation (E3i) team and industry partners to develop opportunities for students across all programmes. These collaborations ensure progressive, relevant modules, co-designed with industry input at the heart of the degree programmes on offer. Live Briefs, Personal Professional Development (PPD) and work placements are a key feature of our programme aims and curriculum structure. Students are able to engage in career and professional development, attending a wide range of presentations, seminars and workshops. These are presented by industry professionals and our own graduates coming back to inspire you. This happens both within modules and via the increasing number of placements, shadowing roles and mentorships offered. Graduate roles created by these activities include positions at ITV, Planet Shine, Warner Bros and BBC Children’s Television.
We enthusiastically cultivate and promote our excellent industry links. Affiliations with the Television Production Guild, Bafta’s Albert initiative and The Everyman Theatre create a virtuous circle of industry informed practice as well as placement and mentor opportunities.
Our Employability Advisory Panel (EAP) is instrumental in advising our degree programmes on current curriculum design and content in relation to supporting “work-ready” students. Offering a consultative forum for students to attend, it is another gateway for undergraduates to gain real one-on-one time with representatives from the creative industries
This ongoing interaction with the creative industries ensures that the focus is not just on traditional Creative Arts roles, but also offers opportunities for students who may be well suited to address the ‘non-creative’ skills gap that the creative industries are experiencing, thus increasing the employability of our graduates. The embedding of smaller teaser events and trips into each semester including visits to the Royal Television Society careers fair in London, the Edinburgh Festival and Media City, as well as trips to meet Production staff at Warner Bros Studio all support this.
Personal Tutor support is offered to students applying for scholarships and the Student Opportunity Fund as well as one to one coaching and group sessions delivered in partnership with organisations such as ITV, Facebook, the BBC and The Everyman Playhouse to help students prepare for entry-level job applications. Twice monthly careers surgeries are offered alongside work placement drop-in sessions to continually support students.
‘Unlock Your Potential’ brings industry speakers onto campus, hosting a series of workshops, talks and activities. Applying a sharper focus on extra-curricular opportunities to enhance student’s skills for employment, the event includes clusters of workshops based on different themes, including personal career enhancement, workshops with representatives from the world of creative arts. A series of events under the banner the ‘Creative Juice Bar’ also run throughout each semester. A programme of pop-up activities aimed at encouraging student aspiration and developing future employment routes are also available.
Graduates in creative arts subjects are usually characterised by self-confidence, high levels of presentation skills and excellent collaborative ability, so they can transfer their skills to a range of careers very effectively.