The course includes a unit in the first year entitled ‘Cultural & Creative Industries’ where students are provided with the opportunity to career plan.

They take on board planned work as a volunteer on events and to meet professionals working in a range of creative industries and the subsidised arts.

All of our students undertake a 6 week work placement in Year 2, providing you with a valuable experience of putting what you have learnt so far on the course into practice. Students can work with an arts or cultural organisation in the UK or abroad and develop skills, knowledge and experience within the creative and cultural sectors. The work placement unit provides students with the opportunity to specialise in a field that reflects your particular creative and cultural interests, while potentially making important contacts for your future career. This unit underpins our ‘learning by doing’ ethos.

This is managed by the Senior Lecturers and supported by preparatory tutorials throughout the second year, which involves CV writing workshops, presentation techniques and how to approach employers. Placements may be taken anywhere in the world in a range of event organisations appropriate for each student’s professional aspirations. In the past students have taken placements in Norway, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Japan, Jerusalem, Spain, New York, Florida, Dubai, Singapore, Canada and Australia (subject to the student achieving the suitable visa requirements). Many placements have resulted in subsequent offers of employment on graduation.

Students have worked with the following organisations:

  • The Isle of Wight Festival: Ryde, IoW
  • ITV Events Team: London
  • Base Entertainment: Singapore
  • Cheltenham Jazz Festival
  • Dance Manchester
  • Salisbury International Festival
  • Good Sense & Company: New York
  • Brighton Fashion Week
  • London 2012 Olympics
  • Continental Drifts: London
  • Mama Festivals: London
  • The Vaults: London
  • Brighton Fringe Festival
  • The Mayflower: Southampton
  • Jigsaw: London
  • The Coup: Berlin
  • Elle Magazine: Oslo
  • The Box: San Francisco
  • The Barbican: London
  • Chichester Festival Theatre
  • Women In Film and Television: London
  • Lovebox Festival: London

Over the years, students also collaborated with organisations such as Bournemouth Borough Council, Poole Lighthouse, Boscombe Regeneration Group, The Butterfly Foundation, Bournemouth, The Big Issue, The National Trust, BCHA, Bournemouth, Holton Lee, Poole, MIND, Great Ormond Street Festival, Pavilion Dance South West, Marwell Wildlife Park, The World Heritage Site – Jurassic Coast, The Cultural Olympiad, (LOCOG) and RELAYS, Pavilion Dance, Heritage Lottery Fund, CupCake Camp, All Walks Beyond the Catwalk (with Caryn Franklin), Mind, Creative Kids, Bournemouth Vintage Emporium, Steamship Circus and local dance and drama organisations and artists working professionally and in amateur and community settings in the region and beyond.

Students collaborate either through their live event work, or as volunteers, case study work, or whilst researching course work. Students have also gained a reputation with corporate sponsors who provide in kind services, products or financial support to student events including: Lush Cosmetics, American Apparel, Boscombe Regeneration Company, Dorset Cereals, Firefly Solar, Janholme Sewing machines, LMP Models, West Beach and O’Neill performance sports brand.