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Faculty of Arts Employability Statement

All programmes in the Faculty of Arts support students’ employability.  

Our programmes support the development of your personal and professional development. The focus of this work changes over the course of your study. For example, at level one first degree students will focus on the development of their personal key skills. In the second year the emphasis is more on professional development.  All degree courses  include employment opportunities and/or a placement in the second year of study.  In the final stage of first degree study the attention  is on your transition to the world of work or further study after graduation. Throughout your course of study opportunities are available for you to develop a range of presentational and interactional skills, which are key to securing successful employment.  All students are allocated a tutor who can support their  personal and professional development.  

Some of our programmes have a specific vocational focus. These programmes offer extended opportunities for you to learn about the relevant industries and work practices. Other programmes can lead to a wider variety of employment options and in these types of programmes many students select a dissertation option that links to and enhances their plans for study or employment when they graduate.  

The programmes in the Faculty are very diverse but they all provide opportunities for you to engage with the world of work while you are studying.  Depending on the course you are studying you may:

  • have opportunities to undertake  internships in the UK or abroad;
  • complete student projects that are linked to particular employer’s needs;
  • participate in projects with one of our partners (for example, Yorkshire Sculpture Park); 
  • have opportunities to showcase your work to employers as part of your summer show;
  • take part in national or international  competitions to show case your work to a wider audience;
  • study business related modules to allow you to develop business start up skills;
  • participate in study  aboard opportunities to enhance your CV.

The Faculty works closely with a wide variety of local and regional employers and community organisations. This means that students have access to a variety of work related networks. Our students complete placements in diverse contexts that include schools, community projects, theatres, design companies, galleries, festivals and film companies.

Every year the Faculty hosts a major arts festival called CREATE. This festival show cases students’ work to the public.