Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers within a wide range of sectors, securing jobs in a range of media industries, at international and national level (eg BBC, Discovery Channel) as well as into local and regional SMEs. We believe that one of the strengths of our curriculum is the way in which skills relevant to student employability are embedded in it and developed across a range of modules.
We offer final year students modules that are specifically designed to introduce and support employability within the curriculum. Through the @ Work in the Media Industries module, you will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of what it is like to work in a professional environment by arranging and carrying out a period of work experience within a media organisation. This practical hands-on experience is supported in the classroom where you are encouraged to reflect on your experience, evaluate your skills and plan for your future employability. You also locate and evaluate your experience in relation to wider debates and issues relating to work in the media industries, changing production contexts and new professional identities.
In other modules, such as our Special Study modules, workplace skills are embedded into our curriculum, particularly through the assessments. You will demonstrate teamwork, practical skills, written and oral communication skills – all of which are key workplace skills. Our external examiners have noted "employability is explicitly interweaved throughout the programme. This includes the assessment briefs, guest speakers, linking to University initiatives, and students working with external clients and organisations."
The main feature of the capstone module is that work carried out in one of three areas (ie dissertation, final major project or applied research problem brief), leads to real and specific outputs. All students present their outputs and research findings at a conference.
If you choose a final major project you will showcase your work online and/or at exhibition; if you choose an applied research problem brief you will implement solutions in the field with the potential to develop consultancy skills. On the course you will use a wide range of skills like video and website production, promotional content, social media strategies, documentaries and more to deliver applied media objectives with real world 'clients'. Recent examples include projects for charitable organisations, (eg such as for the charity SeeAbility) and for commercial small businesses (eg the a website was created last year for a stylist business Bowtique.