Doing one or more periods of work experience while you’re a student could make a real difference to your learning and your career prospects. 

You don’t have to do work experience while you’re a student at Leeds Arts University, but we definitely recommend it. It will dramatically broaden your understanding and skills. For example, you could benefit by:

  • Seeing how to apply what you’re learning on your course
  • Understanding how what you do fits within a wider team or business
  • Learning to work with colleagues, suppliers, partners and clients
  • Understanding the commercial/financial realities of putting creative ideas into practice
  • Getting your work appraised by professionals
  • Understanding industry expectations, methods and processes
  • Meeting interesting people from related disciplines. 

Work experience will add depth to your CV; plus, it’s not uncommon for employers to offer jobs to students they’ve met on placements! 


The Personal & Professional Practice modules on your programme give you the opportunity to research the creative industries and identify companies you’d like to approach. Employers also regularly approach the University to see if we have any students suitable to be placed with them. 


You’d normally do work experience in the holidays, but sometimes it can be accommodated during term-time (depending on whether the experience can contribute to your coursework). 

The Times: A third of this year’s graduate positions will be filled by those who have already worked for organisations through internships and placement during the holidays, according to High Fliers Research which produced the annual survey of The Times top 100 graduate employers.