Work placements


Work placements

Work placement profile

Film Studies and Drama student Rowland Daniel did a work placement as camera assistant on the Beeline Britain project, an attempt to travel from Land's End to John O'Groats in a straight line.
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Our undergraduates benefit from our close ties to the Arts industry, with many of our undergraduate courses offering the option of participating in work experience placements, for example:

Fine Arts

Students have the option to undertake work placements with artists and arts organisations, facilitated by the School of Arts, through the Placement in the Creative and Cultural Industries module.


Work placements form an integral part of the music degree at Oxford Brookes. Our Professional Practice module (offered in Year 3) enables students to consider their university studies in relation to the considerable section of work which has, broadly speaking, 'something to do with music'.

In the age of the global, service-led economy there is a greater range of diverse possibilities for music graduates, and the music aims to demonstrate the potential of that range, in relation to individual aspirations and interests.

Through the work placement students gather experience in a field of their choice, such as

  • Music education (primary and secondary schools)
  • Vocal or instrumental tuition as a "peripatetic" teacher
  • Arts administration and management
  • Music therapy
  • Music journalism
  • Recording and publication
  • Research assistantship

In the past years, several students have gone straight from the work placement to a full-time job.

Film Studies

Our established links with the film industry enable students to meet professionals at regular film events, and to gain hands-on experience on work placements which are fully accredited as a module.

Placements for Film Studies students can be based in the UK or, if you have the relevant language skills, with one of our links abroad. Our students have gained valuable experience at Warner Bros., Pinewood Studios, BBC Drama, Optimum Releasing, the British Film Institute, International Black Media Festival and the OXDOX Documentary Film Festival.

In addition all second year film students can apply to a year-long paid internship at Universal Studios in London. This is an exclusive arrangement for our students.


All Publishing students have the opportunity to do work experience during their course. This enables them to apply what they learn in a real environment, gain a greater understanding of how the industry works, and develop a network of contacts that will be invaluable to them in their career in publishing. Typically they have the chance to do a variety of work placements in a range of departments or market sectors.

In the academic year 2011/12 over 50 employers in London and Oxford offered work placements to our students. The companies included Dorling Kindersley, Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, and Oxford University Press. [update for 2012/2013?]

There are also opportunities for work placements in other countries, including in the publishing divisions of international NGOs. In 2011, six of our students were awarded prestigious paid internships with Elsevier in Amsterdam and two of our students undertook internships at the International Labour Organization in Geneva.

What are the benefits of a work placement?

Work placements provide a great opportunity to put the skills you have learned during your course to use in a professional environment. Experienced graduates are much in demand, and showing you have practical on-the-job experience will greatly enhance your employment prospects.

Work placements are also an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of potential future career pathways, and try career options you may not have previously considered. They also provide you with a valuable network on contacts in the arts industry, with many of our placements students going on to find full-time work with the organisations at which they did their work placement.