Placements and work experience in the creative industries

Getting 'work experience' is easy, isn't it?  Just turn on your camera, your amp, or your design software and create something incredible...


But the real working world is increasingly competitive, and the kind of skills and experience you need to stand out as an employee or succeed in self-employment involve many different transferable abilities. It also helps if you have a contact or two in the creative industries, who already see your potential.

As one of our undergraduates, you'll likely have the chance to seek a work placement on one of our work experience modules, but even if you don't, you'll discover many opportunities to gain crucial experience, skills and exposure through industry-led activities such as live briefs and commissions.


Student case studies

Learn more from our students who have taken placements or worked on live briefs.

Marc

Using the power of social networks to find placements

Laura

Exploring Theatre in Education

Sarah

Reconsidering career choices

Take One

An insight into film festivals

Laura's intership at ARM

Discover more opportunities to improve your employability at ARU

Advice and guidance

Frequently asked questions about our work placements

ARU's Careers and Employability page

More information and useful links


Creative industries engagement

Our students have found placements and internships, or carried out live briefs, with many different UK and international companies, including:


Computer games
ARM, Frontier Developments, Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe, Just Flight.

Film, Television and Media
BBC, Cambridge Festival of Ideas, Cannes Film Festival, Cambridge Film Festival, Take One magazine, CBBC, ITN Productions, London Studios, MTV, Pinewood Studios, StudioCanal UK, Sight & Sound magazine, Warner Bros.

Music, Drama and Performing Arts
Cambridge Junction, Hazard Chase, New International Encounter Theatre Company, Mumford Theatre.

Writing and Publishing
Cambridge University Press, Penguin Books, Windhorse Publications, National Centre for Writing.