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.
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.
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
This event 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.
The delivery of applied drama modules is supported by colleagues at Theatr Clywd by focusing on the creation of practical projects designed for audiences in alternative settings, including community centres, schools, hospitals, care homes and hospices. The theatre has enabled student collaboration with professional actors, participation in professional development workshops and on-site mentorship in North Wales community venues. Theatr Clwyd has been a past recipient of the University’s Graduate Employer Award.
The Department of Creative Arts has been working closely with ScreenSkills (an industry-led skills body for the screen industries) to develop its programmes and inform its curriculum. ScreenSkills the who work across the UK film, television sector recently endorsed the 2019/20 BA (Hons) Animation programme, where it now “carries the ScreenSkills Select quality-mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries”. Please note, this information applies to students joining BA (Hons) Animation in September 2020 only.
The Pankhurst Trust
Through the work of our tutor-led extra-curricular theatre company Mrs Pankhurst’s Players, we have established a strong link to The Pankhurst Trust in Manchester. The Pankhurst Centre museum supported the company’s recent trip to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe. Students have the opportunity within modules to get involved in the work of the museum through the delivery of workshops. A member of the Drama staff team is a representative on the museum’s heritage committee.
Through The Blackpool Grand partnership develops relationships with the Department of Creative Arts notably through opportunities for students to access professional performance and associated educational activities. Dance students have performed at Blackpool Grand in a recent series of ‘curtain raiser’ opportunities, for example with James Wilton’s production, The Storm.
The professional relationship with Company Chameleon extends over several years, through received performances, workshops, and commissions that have enabled students to access and work closely with key artistic staff. The company were awarded Edge Hill University’s Employer of the Year for 2020, following the engagement of several alumni students in their recent production, The Shadow.
Other partnerships and associations include:
BECTU (Broadcasting, Entertainment, Communications and Theatre Union), Walk The Plank, National Association of Teacher of Dance, Wigan & Leigh Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival (USA).
Many of our graduates have highly successful careers in the creative arts, either as producers, performers, production managers, professional dancers, theatre technicians, as well as careers in teaching, postgraduate study (Masters and PhD), a growing number of professional student companies, and many more exciting opportunities.
Our Employer Advisory Panel (EAP) keeps us connected with the creative industries and is pivotal in developing professional experience for our students. The expertise and insights from our EAP partners is embedded within the curriculum design across our degree programmes.